The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a hearing for January 26 to consider consolidation of all federally filed Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits under one judge for pretrial proceedings. The hearing will be held in Miami, Florida.
Currently, five lawsuits have been filed in federal courts against Wright Medical Technology alleging the company manufactured a defective hip implant and failed to warn consumers and physicians that the metal-on-metal hip implants could fail prematurely.
One plaintiff has requested that the cases be transferred to the Northern or Southern Districts of Georgia for consolidation, and one other plaintiff has opposed consolidation claiming that not all cases filed thus far involve the common questions of fact needed to consolidate the lawsuits in multidistrict litigation.
Wright Medical Technology has also opposed consolidation arguing that a limited number of cases have been filed, so MDL would not provide pretrial convenience. The manufacturer also argues that all cases do not involve the Conserve device, and that the cases do not all question the same reasons for the premature failure.
The product liability lawsuits against Wright claim the faulty design of the hip replacement system causes the system to fail early, and causes metal particles to be shed into the body, resulting in tissue necrosis, pseudotumors, metallosis, and other health problems.