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Stryker Hip Lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comment on Growing Litigation in Wake of Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
Date:3/2/2013

attorneys have told the judge overseeing the proceeding that hundreds of additional Stryker hip lawsuits will be filed in the future, and legal experts say the litigation could become one of the biggest mass torts in Bergen County.* Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who is overseeing the New Jersey state litigation, held an initial conference on February 20th. Court records indicate that the next conference in the Stryker hip litigation has been scheduled for March 19th.

In addition to the New Jersey litigation, additional Stryker hip lawsuits stemming from the Rejuvenate recall have been filed in various federal courts throughout the country. On February 19th, a plaintiff in one of those lawsuits requested that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Mutidistrict Litigation transfer all federally-filed claims to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota for pretrial proceedings. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case Pending No. 20 (JPML))

Stryker has warned that patients implanted with the recalled components may experience pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. In its most recent recall update, Stryker advised affected individuals to undergo metal ion testing and cross sectional imaging, even if they are not experiencing any problems with their hip. According to the company, there have been reports of patients without symptoms who experienced high levels of metal ions in their blood and/or adverse local tissue reactions.*

Stryker has also announced that it had retained Broadspire Services, Inc., a third-party claims administrator, to work directly with patients to manage medical claims and address out-of-pocket costs relating to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.** Bernstein Liebhard LLP has advised that potential claimants speak with an attorney before they begin a Broadspire Stryker claim. Any information disclosed in the course of the claims process could be used as evidence later should they ch
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