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Court orders Mediation in N.J. Stryker Cases

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A court-mandated mediation of possible Stryker Rejuvenate hip settlements is about to get underway in New Jersey state court.

Currently, there are more than 430 cases pending in coordinated litigation in the court. Ten of these cases were chosen for mediation. Six of these 10 cases were selected by the Court, while plaintiffs and defense each chose two more cases.

The Phase I mediation is to take place no later than December 15, 2013. If the mediation process does not result in settlements, a small number of cases may be selected to move to the trial process.

Stryker Orthopedics manufactured the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II, which had a flawed design that consisted of multiple femoral stem components which could rub, fret and produce excessive wear.

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The design of these hip devices has been linked to a serious hip implant failure modes including metal contamination in surrounding tissue. In 2012, the FDA announced that Stryker had issued a voluntary recall on both their Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck systems. The company cited potential risks of fretting and metal corrosion as the reason for the recall.

Walkup Melodia is representing patients injured by the Rejuvenate and ABG II. As metal on metal hip specialists, the attorneys at Walkup understand the biology of injury and the technical issues with the flawed design.

In addition to lawsuits filed in New Jersey state court, another 350 Stryker hip lawsuits have been filed in district courts across the country. The Walkup Melodia product liability team is closely monitoring the mediation proceedings in the New Jersey Stryker Rejuvenate cases to determine if there will be movement towards resolution in other cases across the country.

The Walkup Firm is the country’s premiere defective hip implant law firm. If you or a loved one has been injured by a Stryker hip implant, call us at 1-415-981-7210  or contact us online.