Stryker Hip Implant Settlements

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Stryker settled over 2,600 hip implant lawsuits for $2 billion, but the company's legal troubles aren't over yet.

  • LFIT V40 Femoral Head
  • Recalled: 2016
  • Premature failure and revision surgeries

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Stryker settled over 2,600 hip implant lawsuits for $2 billion, but the company's legal troubles aren't over yet.

  • LFIT V40 Femoral Head
  • Recalled: 2016
  • Premature failure and revision surgeries

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Medical device manufacturer Stryker settled thousands of hip implant lawsuits in 2014 for a total of $2 billion. Now, the company is staring down a new litigation around its LFIT V40 implant component, a product recalled in 2016.

New Stryker Litigation Over LFIT V40

Today, over 4,000 patients have filed suit against Stryker, accusing the company of selling a hip implant product with major defects: the LFIT V40 Femoral Head. Studies of the device have noted a high premature failure rate and patient complaints motivated Stryker to issue a voluntary recall, as the company in August 2016 told surgeons around the globe to return more than 42,500 units of the model immediately.

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Soon, injured patients were stepping forward to share their stories. In a wave of product liability lawsuits, people from across the country said the LFIT V40 device failed within just years of implantation, despite the fact that modern hip replacement systems are expected to last between 15 and 20 years.

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Numerous patients describe undergoing painful and invasive revision procedures. And some say they are still dealing with the lingering effects of tissue damage, a result, they claim, of metal particles released by the hip implant inside their bodies.

Lawsuits Consolidated In Massachusetts

As of March 2018, over 200 lawsuits are now pending in the US District Court of Massachusetts, a federal court where the cases have been consolidated as a Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL. As an MDL, the claims will continue through pre-trial proceedings as a group, which should increase the pace of litigation.

A similar strategy is being used in New Jersey, where dozens of state court LFIT V40 claims have been consolidated as a multicounty litigation.

Rejuvenate & AGB II Settlements

Meanwhile, Stryker continues to take fire from patients who blame their severe injuries on the company's Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Alongside the new LFIT V40 lawsuits, nearly 2,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II claims remain pending in a Minnesota federal court. That number used to be much larger.

At its height, the Rejuvenate / ABG II litigation consisted of nearly 5,000 legal actions. Both hip replacement devices had been recalled in 2012. As the Food & Drug Administration said at the time, Stryker's voluntary recall came after reports that the metal hip replacements could fret or corrode, causing pain, "adverse local tissue reactions" and revision surgeries.

Stryker Offers Hip Implant Settlement

In their lawsuits, patients accused Stryker of releasing a defectively-designed hip implant on the market, without properly testing the device first. The claims were consolidated in Minnesota, where further proceedings took place. Then, on the eve of the litigation's first trial, Stryker decided to settle. The trial was canceled, as attorneys on both sides sat down to hammer out the terms of an agreement.

The first settlement, which covered patients who had undergone revision surgeries before November 3, 2014, came to around $1 billion. The value of a single revision procedure was placed at $300,000.

Settlement Agreement Enters Second Round

But it wasn't over. Injured patients continued to step forward, forcing Stryker to expand the settlement in 2016 and offer another $1 billion to resolve the new claims. This second round of settlements was open to patients who had undergone a Rejuvenate or ABG II revision procedure before December 19, 2016. Applications for the second settlement closed in March 2017.

Over the course of three years, Stryker had paid out $2 billion in compensation to around 2,600 injured patients.

Will Stryker Settle LFIT V40 Cases?

The company's legal troubles, however, are far from over. As we've seen, a new litigation is emerging to hold Stryker accountable for severe injuries linked to its LFIT V40 Femoral Head. Will these newer lawsuits end, as the Rejuvenate and ABG II cases did, in a settlement agreement?

It's too early to make any predictions, but remember that the LFIT V40 claims have been consolidated as a Multidistrict Litigation and MDL is designed to encourage settlement.

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