Rottenstein Law Group Applauds Consolidation of Federal Zimmer Knee Lawsuits for Pre-Trial Proceedings
(New York, NY, August 10, 2011) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the surgical implantation of knee replacement devices, is encouraged by the consolidation of federal Zimmer knee product lawsuits for more efficient pre-trial proceedings.
By transfer order filed August 8, 2011, in In Re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2272), the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted the motion of a plaintiff in an action pending in the Northern District of Illinois (Fred Stone v. Zimmer, Inc., et al., No. 1:11-03408) to centralize all similar federal litigation in that district. The motion encompassed 28 actions pending in thirteen districts, and the Panel took notice of more than 45 additional related pending actions.
Zimmer had opposed centralization, but alternatively argued for selection of the the Northern District of Indiana as the transferee district.
The Panel wrote, “On the basis of the papers filed and hearing session held, we find that these...actions involve common questions of fact, and that centralization...in the Northern District of Illinois will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation. The subject actions share factual issues arising from allegations that Zimmer’s ‘high-flex’ femoral components...and/or the MIS Tibial component – all of which are used in knee replacement surgery – are prone to premature loosening, causing affected individuals pain and loss of movement, and often forcing them to undergo revision surgery.”
The consolidated actions are being transferred by the Panel to Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the Northern District of Illinois specifically, referring to her as an “experienced and highly-regarded jurist.”
The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawsuit Information Center which is equipped with easy-to-use social media features that will enable users to spread the word.
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