Judge Brian R. Martinotti is overseeing the 50 Stryker lawsuits consolidated in Bergen County, which plaintiffs’ attorneys deem ideal because of the judge’s familiarity with medical cases, including those arising from metal poisoning, which is one of the serious, alleged side effects of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II, according to court documents for New Jersey MCL-296.
“Mediation has the potential for an efficient resolution for these cases,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, which is accepting clients in Stryker hip recall lawsuits. “These first mediation sessions could be a window into how future mediation of lawsuits would transpire. If mediation is better for all parties compared to litigation, then that could be how future lawsuits will be decided. If mediation seems to be ineffective, then it would mean a return to litigation. It resembles a ‘bellwether’ arrangement, similar to the bellwether trials we have seen with other medical devices.”
The Rottenstein Law Group, a Stryker hip recall law firm, encourages those who are looking for more information on Stryker hip implant lawsuits to visit the firm’s website and download an informational brochure.
In July 2012 Stryker, based in Kalamazoo, Mich., announced a recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements because of a potential for corrosion and fretting that could result in adverse local tissue reactions and possible pain and swelling around the hip, according to Stryker’s website.*