Billion Dollar Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Hip Implant Settlement

By Marilyn T. McGoldrick, Esq.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014

Stryker_LogoA global settlement valued at over $1 billion dollars with the manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, Homedica Osteonics Corp. (also known as Stryker Orthopaedics), has been announced after a hearing today before the judge overseeing the Stryker MultiDistrict Litigation. Patients who underwent a revision surgery on or before November 3, 2014 may be eligible for an award under the settlement.

The Stryker hip systems were unique in that they involved a neck and stem design made of metal. Both the Rejuvenate and the ABG II metal hip implants were approved using the controversial FDA 501(k) process in which Stryker claimed that the products were substantially equivalent to products already on the market. As a result the Rejuvenate and the ABG II systems never underwent rigorous clinical trials. In reality, the products were fatally flawed and failed at a catastrophically high rate. Both were recalled by Stryker in July of 2012.

Stryker hip implant recipients who qualify for the settlement will receive a base award of $300,000. The awards may be increased on a complication-by-complication basis for implant recipients whose Stryker hip devices also caused heart attacks and strokes, and a number of other specific complications that are outlined in the Master Settlement Agreement.

If you were implanted with a defective Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, it is not too late to file a claim. The Thornton Law Firm is actively litigating claims for recipients of Stryker implants in Massachusetts and across the country. If you have any questions about your hip implant or are concerned that your implant has failed or caused you injury, contact our Stryker hip implant attorneys at 888-341-1405 or tell us your story here. There are strict time limits on claims of this nature, so do not delay seeking legal advice.

Stryker Hip Implant Cases Consolidated In Minnesota

By Marilyn T. McGoldrick, Esq.

Posted on June 17, 2013

On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) transferred more than 39 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII defective hip cases to the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. The MDL was approved to allow for coordination of pretrial discovery and to preserve judicial resources. The transferred cases, and any future Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits filed in federal court, are assigned to Judge Donavan W. Frank in Minnesota Federal Court (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441). Common issues such as design defect and the safety and effectiveness of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems will be the focus of pre-trial discovery. The Stryker MDL was approved in order to prevent inconsistent rulings from multiple judges assigned to cases filed all over the country and to preserve the resources of the courts and the plaintiffs involved in these lawsuits.

In July of 2012, Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems. Lawsuits filed to date allege injuries including tissue death, metallosis, loosening or early failure of the hip implant, damage to the bones and tissues surrounding the implant and the need for revision surgery to remove defective Stryker hip implants. Thornton Law Firm, LLP is investigating and filing cases on behalf of individuals who were implanted with the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip system and have suffered injuries related to these devices. We offer a free, confidential evaluation of your potential Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII hip claim. Please contact Stryker hip implant lawyer Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405.

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