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J & J Penalized for Losing Evidence in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By Brian Chase on February 21, 2014 - 1 comment

johnson and johnson logoA West Virginia magistrate judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a penalty for failing to preserve documents relating to a multidistrict litigation over alleged injuries caused by transvaginal mesh implants.

According to Law360, the judge found that J & J’s “carelessness” in losing important documents put plaintiffs’ attorneys at a disadvantage during the discovery process.

The judge, however, refused to impose much more severe restrictions requested by plaintiffs such as default judgments, adverse jury instructions and striking certain defenses.

The judge said …Read the rest »

 

Biomet Reaches $56 Million Settlement Over Defective Hip Implants

By Brian Chase on February 10, 2014 - No comments

biomet hip replacement implantMedical device manufacturer Biomet Inc. will pay out at least $56 million to settle a multi-district product liability lawsuit relating to faulty hip implants.

According to a Reuters news report, the settlement marks the end of a protracted legal battle involving Biomet’s metal-on-metal hip replacement device known as M2a Magnum.

Hundreds of plaintiffs claimed in various courts nationwide that the faulty hip devices led to injuries. The lawsuits were all combined and jointly heard in the federal court of Indiana where Biomet is headquartered. …Read the rest »

 

FDA Investigating Surgical Robots Used at Hospitals

By Brian Chase on January 6, 2014 - No comments

davinci roboticsA surgical robot that is being used by three Maine hospitals is under scrutiny by officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following reports that the units may stall during procedures. According to a report in the Bangor Daily News, Intuitive Surgical Inc., the maker of the $1.5 million da Vinci robotic surgery system, issued an urgent medical device recall in November alerting customers that friction in the instrument arms of some of the robots can cause them to stall momentarily. The FDA had also issued a warning about this defect. This problem affects up to 1,386 of the instrument arms worldwide. …Read the rest »

 

Johnson & Johnson Agrees to $4 Billion Settlement Over Defective Hip Implants

By Brian Chase on November 15, 2013 - No comments

Johnson & Johnson has tentatively agreed to a settlement that could reach up to $4 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who have been seriously injured by defective all-metal hip implants. According to a news report in The New York Times, the tentative settlement plan, which is awaiting court approval, will be one of the largest payouts for product liability claims involving medical devices, if approved. …Read the rest »

 

Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Group Weighs in on FDA Process for Metal Hips

By Brian Chase on May 10, 2013 - No comments

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), a leading plaintiff trial lawyers association, has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants from using a proposed change in the approval process to protect themselves from liability.

stryker-hip-implantAccording to a Reuters news report, the defective┬ámetal hip implants were originally developed to be more long-lasting compared to plastic or ceramic devices. However, various studies worldwide have shown that the all-metal implants not only deteriorate sooner but also shed debris, damaging bone and tissue and causing metal toxicity in the patient’s blood, which could potentially lead to organ damage. …Read the rest »

 

Stryker Orthopaedics Faces Lawsuits Over Defective Hip Implants

By Brian Chase on March 16, 2013 - No comments

Consumers have piled up more than 80 product liability lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics claiming that the New Jersey-based medical device manufacturer sold them faulty hip implants that were later recalled from the market.

stryker-hip-implantAccording to a news report in The Bergen Record, the case against Stryker is on track to become one of the biggest mass-tort litigations in Bergen County after plaintiffs’ attorneys nationwide notified a judge in Hackensack recently that hundreds of lawsuits are still on the way.

A 66-year-old Florida woman filed the first lawsuit against Stryker last summer. In her lawsuit, the woman alleged that she replaced her right hip with Stryker’s Rejuvenate implant and was told at the time that it would last for decades. …Read the rest »

 


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