On January 15, 2013, all cases in New Jersey related to the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System were consolidated as multicounty litigation by the New Jersey Supreme Court under Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Bergen County Superior Court.
Court documents indicate that at least 145 Stryker hip lawsuits have already been filed in the New Jersey litigation. Last month, Martinotti set forth procedures for the parties to begin selecting cases to move forward toward early mediation. However, his order stipulated that the case against Stryker will continue while mediation takes place, which is what is happening now.
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The Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement device has been linked to an increased risk of metallosis. Although the Stryker Rejuvenate is not a metal-on-metal hip device, it has metal-on-metal components, which are believed to be responsible for the development of metallosis in some patients. According to reports, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant device is linked to a high early failure rate, resulting in some patients having revision surgery to replace their hip replacement device. These alleged defects have prompted hundreds of Stryker Rejuvenate hip lawsuits.