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Plaintiff Files Motion to Centralize Wright Hip Replacement Lawsuits

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Danny James, plaintiff in a federally filed lawsuit against Wright Medical over the Wright Conserve hip replacement system, has filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation requesting that all current and future lawsuits regarding the metal-on-metal device be consolidated and centralized under one judge in either the Southern or Northern District of Georgia as part of a multidistrict litigation.

Of the five lawsuits filed thus far in different federal courts across the country, all have similar complaints, including that the Wright Conserve acetabular cup is defective, sheds metal particles into the body, and fails prematurely. The FDA, through the controversial 510(k) program, which allows products to fast-track to the marketplace if they are substantially similar to products already approved, approved the Wright hip replacement system. Since its approval, more than 200 reports have been submitted by physicians and patients regarding adverse effects of the hip replacement device.

In May, the FDA issued a request to manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacements to provide more data about how much metal is actually shed by the devices, at what level metal shedding becomes dangerous, and the potential side effects that are caused by metal shedding into the body.

The motion by James argues that lawsuits over other metal-on-metal hip replacement systems have been consolidated in MDL, and that centralizing Wright Conserve lawsuits will serve the convenience of the court and all interested parties. disclaimer: This article: Plaintiff Files Motion to Centralize Wright Hip Replacement Lawsuits was posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 8:49 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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