The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has approved the consolidation of Stryker hip recall lawsuits that are currently in federal court. The consolidation of the Stryker lawsuits will enable the cases to be handled more efficiently and may allow parties to receive damages in a more timely fashion. There are currently over 40 major lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate device, and these lawsuits will now all take place in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.
The Stryker Rejuvenate Multi-District Proceedings
Judge Donavan F. Frank will be presiding over the multi-district litigation proceedings involving the consolidated Stryker lawsuits. Any future lawsuits that involve the Stryker Rejuvenate or the ABG II Hip Stem device will also be joined to these consolidated proceedings.
This will be the second approved MDL consolidation for the Stryker lawsuits. Early in January of 2013, there was a prior consolidation of lawsuits involving defective Stryker medical devices. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits had their cases consolidated to be heard before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Differences Between Class Action Lawsuits and MDL litigation
There have also been some Stryker hip lawsuits that have been brought as a class action. In February of 2013, a district court in the Southern District of Florida granted class-action status to a plaintiff suffering from injuries as a result of using the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement. In a class-action lawsuit, all plaintiffs are required to split the damages that are ultimately awarded to them. Multi-district litigation proceedings provide more flexibility to plaintiffs, because they can individually receive damages for their injuries. Each plaintiff also has the freedom to choose whether to move forward with a trial or pursue a settlement with a manufacturer.
The multi-district litigation proceedings are expected to be less time-consuming than the class-action lawsuits concerning Stryker hip replacement devices. In a multi-district litigation proceeding, all discovery procedures will be consolidated to be heard before one judge. These discovery procedures include the presentation of expert witnesses and oral arguments. In addition, other procedures such as depositions and document review only need to be conducted once by the attorneys involved in an MDL case.
Get in Touch with a Stryker Hip Recall Law Firm
Those who have suffered from injuries as a result of a Stryker hip replacement system can get in touch with experienced hip recall attorneys who are on the front lines of these cases to learn more about these cases today. It may not be too late to be joined as a plaintiff in the MDL proceedings concerning Stryker hip recall lawsuits.
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