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Trial Underway in Zimmer NexGen Knee MDL

Trial Underway in Zimmer NexGen Knee MDL

October 16, 2015 — Law360 reports that trial is underway in the first “bellwether” trial involving Zimmer’s NexGen Flex knee replacement.

The lawsuits chosen for trial was filed by plaintiff Kathy Batty, a woman who had NexGen components implanted in both of her knees in April 2009.

As a custodian for the U.S. Postal Service, Batty chose the NexGen Flex because it was marketed as a high-flexibility implant for patients who needed to kneel and squat frequently.

Less than a year after the surgery, Batty began experiencing limited range of motion, chronic pain in her knees, and loosening of the implants. She underwent revision surgery to remove and replace the NexGen components in April and May 2011.

There are currently 936 lawsuits pending in one federal court in Illinois (MDL No. 2272), overseen by Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer. On the third day of trial, Dr. Joseph Fetto testified that the NexGen loosened prematurely because it failed to adhere to her bones.

The lawsuit also claims that the NexGen is defectively designed and loosens because it puts too much pressure on the back of the knee. According to the complaint:

“One of Ms. Batty’s specific theories of defect is that the design puts excessive strain on the back (“posterior”) edge of the tibial component, a phenomenon called “posterior edge loading.”

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