October 14, 2015 — Wright Medical Technologies is facing hundreds of lawsuits involving the Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant and the first trial date has been set for November 9.
The litigation is centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2329) in Georgia, where 539 cases are pending against Wright, according to an update (PDF) issued today by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
The judge overseeing the litigation issued an order (PDF) setting the trial date and the pretrial conference on November 2. Ten cases have been chosen for “bellwether” trials. The first lawsuit to go to trial was filed by Robyn Christiansen, a woman from Utah who was fitted with the Conserve in April 2006.
According to the complaint, her doctor recommended the metal-on-metal hip implant because he was told it was better for active patients and was superior to hip implants with polyethylene (plastic) liners. Instead, it failed within six years.
Christiansen alleges that the Conserve is defective because it lacks a polyethylene liner, which allows the metal femoral head to grind directly against a metal acetabular cup. Over time, it released toxic metal debris that caused chronic pain and loosening of the implant. She is not alone — thousands of lawsuits claim all-metal implants fail much faster than plastic or ceramic implants.
Do I have a Wright Conserve Hip Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting metal-on-metal hip implant injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a Wright Conserve, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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