New Jersey Stryker LFit V40 Lawsuits Receive Consolidation

On August 29, 2016, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of Stryker LFit Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads, a prosthetic hip replacement device, manufactured before March 2011. This recall included over 40,000 defective hips. Stryker cited to “higher than expected” complaints about the failure of the femoral head to fully lock onto … Continued

Finally – Victims of Stryker’s Latest Recall Receiving Notice

Lawsuits have been filed against Stryker since 2013 alleging that its line of TMZF hip replacement stems are a danger when combined with metal femoral heads. However, patients who have received this potentially dangerous combination of products are just now being notified. Oddly enough, Stryker is not the one doing the notifying. Despite recalling approximately … Continued

JPML Hears Physiomesh Centralization Motion

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML” or “The Panel”) is a body of seven federal district judges who manage multidistrict litigation, meeting on a bimonthly basis to consider requests to establish MDLs. The Panel has the authority to determine whether civil actions pending in two or more federal judicial districts should be transferred … Continued

Xarelto Litigation – Bellwether Update

Searcy Denney Mass Tort Unit attorneys Brenda Fulmer and Cal Warriner have filed three more lawsuits on behalf of Florida and North Carolina residents who suffered bleeding in their brains and GI tracts following use of Xarelto. The dozens of individual personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed by Searcy Denney pharmaceutical lawyers over the … Continued

Hundreds of Cialis and Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Filed

In April of 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined that coordination of federal court lawsuits involving men who developed melanoma after taking Viagra was appropriate. MDL No. 2691, styled In Re:  Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) Products Liability Litigation Viagra, was then established before Judge Seeborg, a federal court judge, in the Northern District of … Continued

Potential Eliquis MDL Discussed at JPML Hearing in Miami Beach

Miami Beach was the place to be for mass tort lawyers last week, with two drug and medical device conferences as well as a critical hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (also known as the “JPML”). The Judicial Panel, a group of federal judges that meets every two months to consider requests to … Continued

Bacteria Found in Cardiac Patients Linked to Heater-Cooler Machine

Heater-Cooler Machine Spreads Germs in Sterile Areas The medical device sounds well-intended enough: a heater-cooler machine used during heart surgery to control a patient’s body temperature. Doctors employ them in the hundreds of thousands of cardiac procedures they conduct every year in hospitals across the country. Turns out, the LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) … Continued

Essure Birth Control Urged To Warn Women About Product Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that women are not as knowledgeable as they should be about the risks associated with permanent Essure birth control. The agency now recommends a black-box warning for the product along with a new patient checklist. The New FDA Guidance on Essure Birth Control The new guidance addresses hysteroscopically placed … Continued

Updates from JPML – Roundup, Taxotere, Abilify

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation met in late September to discuss the establishment of multidistrict litigation proceedings for several new mass tort cases, including Abilify compulsive gambling claims, talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits, Taxotere permanent hair loss actions, and Roundup-related cancer cases. At the time that the request for coordination was made, 37 different … Continued

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