We wondered if they might be extended yet again.
Well, kinda, sorta. Originally, qualifying plaintiffs meeting the original deadline were required to have undergone corrective surgery on or before November 3, 2014. For those plaintiffs - having either suffered a failed implant or Stryker Orthopedics metallosis, which necessitated revision surgery to prevent any further metallosis toxicity - the windfall for pain, suffering and inconvenience could be worth $300,000 per implant.
The original deadline to file was December. Then it was extended to early March. Then it was extended to the end of March.
Now, the presiding judge overseeing multidistrict litigation (Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441) has issued a pretrial order giving plaintiffs who have filed by the [most recent] deadline a total of 45 days in which to provide to the Court details of their revision surgery. Judge Donovan W. Frank of the US District Court, District of Minnesota, issued Pretrial Order No. 26 on April 17, starting the clock for qualifying plaintiffs having filed a Stryker recall lawsuit to submit details of their revision surgery.
Various pretrial orders have been issued since, such as those pertaining to revision surgeries that may have involved or occurred within the framework of Medicare and Medicaid. But it is Pretrial Order 26 that is the most interesting, because it appears to void the original revision surgery deadline of November 3, 2014.
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That’s what Judge Frank’s Pretrial Order appears to suggest: the need for the Court to be apprised of recent surgeries that have occurred across the filing deadline extensions and beyond the expiry of the most recent deadline.
Some 5,000 lawsuits have been filed and populate the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System Recall MDL. The settlement, announced last fall, is worth $1.45 billion but could go higher once all costs are factored in.