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Stryker Hip Recall Mediation Could Be a Sign of Settlements to Come

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Kalamazoo, MIThe recent mediated settlement in the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System Recall will see a base payment of $300,000 made to plaintiffs who required revision surgery for a failed Rejuvenate or ABG II hip prior to November 3, and double that if revision surgery was required for both hips. Meanwhile, the mediated settlement of the mass tort has fueled speculation that other similarly large litigations could be settled in such fashion, outside of the trial courts.

The so-called “bellwether mediation” resulted in a settlement of at least $1 billion. A collection of selected cases from New Jersey and the Stryker Rejuvenate MDL were selected as bellwether cases to represent the larger tort of some 3,000 cases.

Pundits note that such a mediated settlement is faster than going through an extended trial process - about 18 months from when the MDL was established (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL number 2441, before the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation).

Observers note that the mediated settlement route could also benefit defendants, who might be motivated to offer a fair and equitable settlement in mediation rather than risk a massive jury award in trial.

As an example, industry watchers point to the trial verdict against Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co, in which a federal jury in Louisiana awarded plaintiffs $9 billion for bladder cancer issues related to Actos, a popular drug for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. A US District Court judge later reduced that award to $37 million. That said, the initial award has given pause to drug companies facing massive litigation to explore other pathways of settling lawsuits equitably for both sides, while avoiding costly and time-consuming trials.

The Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System, unlike other new-age artificial hips, is not a complete metal-on-metal device. However, the system nonetheless employs some metal components that have served to introduce complications for some people, including Stryker orthopedics metallosis. The resulting complication, including tissue inflammation and metallosis toxicity, has resulted in many a Stryker recall lawsuit.

The mediation process began about a year ago, and the settlement announced in early November. The base payment of $300,000 per hip does not include payments to plaintiffs who may have encountered complications resulting from revision surgery. Such procedures are usually more complex than initial implant surgery, with a greater chance for complication. Any patient having endured Stryker Orthopedics Metallosis may have ongoing health complications following removal of the problematic device.


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Great Article! I had a corin (stryker) hip resurface metal on metal. Got serve metallosis. Need a big revision surgery for a tumor and hip damage caused by the implant. Since the device was under a preemption FDA I had no legal recourse last year. Has that changed?


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