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Panel Orders Wright Conserve Hip Litigation MDL

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The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered that all federally filed Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits be coordinated and consolidated under U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia as part of multidistrict litigation or MDL.

There are currently four lawsuits effected by the MDL, with another 16 expected to be added to the MDL. All the lawsuits allege that the Conserve Plus metal-on-metal hip replacement system manufactured by Wright Medical Technology is defective, and that Wright failed to warn physicians and consumers about the potential risk of premature failure of the device. The lawsuits also claim the Conserve system sheds metal particles into the body.

Wright Medical Technology argued against consolidation stating that the number of lawsuits filed is not enough to create an MDL. One plaintiff also argued against consolidation stating that the lawsuits do not all involve the same questions of fact.

The Panel determined that despite the arguments, the court and involved parties would be best served by centralization.

The Wright Conserve hip replacement system was approved by the FDA through the 510(k) system, which allows products that are much like products already on the market, to fast track through the approval process without undergoing the rigorous testing procedures new products must go through. Since its approval, over 200 adverse events regarding the hip replacement device have been reported. disclaimer: This article: Panel Orders Wright Conserve Hip Litigation MDL was posted on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 9:17 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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