From Zimmer Hip Law Suit Center:
Zimmer hip litigation and settlement fundSince the Zimmer hip was voluntarily recalled by Zimmer Inc. in July 2008, almost $150 million has been set aside as compensation for those who were fitted with the Durom Cup. Because a number of settlement agreements have not been made, many speculate that what remains of the fund may not be enough to cover the remaining settlements when the rest of the cases are resolved. The exact dollar amount needed to cover the remaining unresolved cases will not be known until the cases are resolved. It is also possible that no other settlements will be paid out of the fund if Zimmer hip lawyers fail to prove their cases in court. The remaining cases will not go to court until later this year or early next year.
Earlier in 2011, all cases involved in the Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation cases were ordered to go to mediation. A number of Zimmer hip lawyers have successfully negotiated settlements for their clients. However, seven cases failed to agree on a settlement and will move further into the litigation process. Depositions were scheduled to begin on June 15th. Zimmer hip lawyers were scheduled to provide updates on the status of their cases at a conference scheduled for June 29th. No newsworthy information came from the conference.
In order to understand the latest news associated with Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation, those affected by the lawsuit should understand what multidistrict litigation is and how it affects the Zimmer hip settlement. Multidistrict litigation is a process that the federal court system uses to transfer all open/pending civil cases of a similar nature filed in the United States to one federal judge. The decision to transfer cases to one federal judge is made by a panel of seven federal judges that are selected by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Susan D. Wigenton of the New Jersey federal court was assigned the Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation.
Zimmer Hip Lawsuit Class Action Approved by Canadian Judge
Zimmer hip problems lead to class action Zimmer hip implant lawsuitZimmer Hip Lawsuit Class Action Approved by Canadian Judge
A Canadian Supreme Court judge has approved a class action Zimmer hip implant lawsuit against the artificial joint manufacturer. Any Canadian citizen who has experienced Zimmer hip problems with their Durom Cup acetabular device is technically eligible to join the Zimmer hip class action lawsuit.
A class action lawsuit is one in which multiple plaintiffs join together to bring a single complaint of wrongdoing against a shared defendant. In the case of the Canadian Zimmer hip class action lawsuit, patients who allege problems with a specific hip implant known as the Durom Cup have joined together to file a single legal action.
Zimmer hip litigation consolidated in New JerseyWhen Durom Cup litigation was consolidated in a New Jersey court last year, more than 50 plaintiffs were involved. The litigation grew from there to include many more plaintiffs, and the litigation continues to grow today. Theoretically, more than 12,000 plaintiffs could join the litigation as there were that many Americans fitted with the Durom Cup when the device was temporarily pulled from the market in 2008.
In June of 2011, pretrial litigation is proceeding in a New Jersey court, where a Zimmer hip lawyer may soon begin taking depositions, as per an order issued by presiding Judge Madeline Cox Arleo. On June 29, defendants and plaintiffs will meet before Judge Arleo in a Durom Cup litigation status conference. The first Durom Cup trial could begin later this year or in 2012.
[Comments by Connie: Do you see how long this kind of litigation takes? Amazing. This hip was recalled in 2008. It seems to be going to trail in 2012! They went the route of multidistrict litigation which is the same route taken in the Depuy case.]