Zimmer NexGen Flex Knee Lawsuit Consolidation Sought in New Jersey

Zimmer has filed a request for the centralization of all NexGen Flex knee lawsuits filed in New Jersey state court.

The motion to centralize the litigation was filed on December 15.  As a reason for this request, Zimmer stated that centralization of the cases would be beneficial during pre-trial proceedings.  The motion requests that the Zimmer NexGen knee lawsuits be centralized in Middlesex County because this courthouse is centrally located and is currently the least congested venue in the state.

All Zimmer NexGen federal complaints have already been centralized in Illinois in a multidistrict litigation, or MDL.  Right now, there are a minimum of 133 NexGen knee component lawsuits in the federal MDL, and another 43 cases are awaiting transfer.  In state courts, there are roughly 19 Zimmer knee lawsuits pending, with 6 of those cases in New Jersey.

The Zimmer NexGen lawsuits involve similar complaints that design defects with certain componenets of the replacement knees caused problems for the plaintiffs.  When the knee systems, labeled by some as defective medical devices, failed in advance of their projected lifespan, many patients were forced to undergo revision surgery to remove or replace faulty parts.  Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that Zimmer did not properly warn of the potential for these problems.

The proposed New Jersey state court consolidation will involve the following Zimmer NexGen knee parts:

  • MIS Total Knee Procedure Stemmed Tibial Component Fixed Bearing Precoat
  • NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral Component
  • NexGen CR-Flex Precoat Femoral Component
  • NexGen Gender Solutions CR-Flex Precoat Femoral Component
  • NexGen Gender Solutions LPS-Flex Femoral Component
  • NexGen LPS Flex Option Femoral Component
  • NexGen LPS Flex Precoat Femoral Component

Zimmer oposed federal consolidation of these cases, based on the grounds that the lawsuits covered too broad a range of NexGen parts.  Each part would need to go through a separate discovery process, and Zimmer argued that this process would be complicated by the company’s trade secrets requirements.  In this motion for consolidation, Zimmer states that the claims against the components listed are highly similar.

Zimmer is expected to face a number of additional state and federal lawsuits.

Contact a Dangerous Medical Device Lawyer

If you or someone you love has suffered pain, problems, or revision surgery after being implanted with a faulty Zimmer NexGen knee, you may be eligible to file a defective medical device lawsuit in pursuit of substantial compensation for your damages.  To learn more about your rights, contact a personal injury lawyer to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Jan. 31, 2012 | Tags: Dangerous Medical Devices, Defective Medical Devices, Zimmer

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