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Smith & Nephew Hip Recall News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Motion to Consolidate Smith & Nephew Lawsuits Filed in Tennessee State Courts
Date:5/6/2013

s and dislocations, though the company maintains that there is no evidence of the device causing metallosis, or increased metal debris in the body.*

Metal-on-metal hip implants like the device involved in the Smith & Nephew hip recall are currently being reviewed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). On January 17, 2013, the agency issued new guidance for patients with metal-on-metal hips, advising doctors to consider metal ion testing if patients are experiencing symptoms of hip implant failure. The FDA has also proposed a new regulation that would make all-metal hips ineligible for its 510(k) approval system, which allowed such devices to come to market without human testing.**

Smith & Nephew is just one of several hip replacement manufacturers facing lawsuits over metal-on-metal hips. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing claims in the multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, for actions involving the DePuy ASR hip implant (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197). The firm is also involved in the federal litigation underway in the Northern District of Texas concerning the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip device (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244). Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Pinnacle hip litigation.

In addition, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing clients fitted with the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2391). The Firm has also filed
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