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Potential Nationwide Litigation Relating to Medical Products—Zimmer Hips and Power Morcellators

By: Alison De Villiers

An MDL (multidistrict litigation) is a special federal legal procedure used to consolidate the legal process, often involving defective medical products. An MDL centralizes the litigation and allows those throughout the nation to share the risk and expense involved in complex litigation. Clients are able to work with local attorneys to bring their claims, while cooperating at a national level to assist in bringing the cases to resolution.

Zimmer has recently recalled the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology prosthesis femoral stems and necks used in hip implants.  Details about the recall can be found on the FDA’s website. It is suspected that an MDL related to this recall will be established, allowing those affected to seek relief without being consumed by the time and cost of litigating the matter on an individual basis. Beckman Weil Shepardson can assist you in determining whether you have been implanted with one of these recalled hip devices.

The FDA has also indicated that surgical instruments used in many arthroscopic surgeries, called power morcellators, may be responsible for seeding cancer in women who had hysterectomies or uterine fibroids removed. In certain liver and spleen surgeries, the power morcellators may spread cancerous tissue. The FDAs website has more information about this important safety warning. Attorneys have sought the creation of an MDL relating to these cases.

If you have any questions about potential or existing MDLs, please do not hesitate to contact us at Beckman Weil Shepardson.