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Biomet Hip Lawsuits Consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation

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All Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement cases will now be coordinated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, according to an order filed Oct.2 by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”).

In this order, the JPML noted the proximity of Biomet’s headquarters in Warsaw, Ind., stating that while the metal-on-metal hip replacements are marketed around the country, “many of the relevant documents and witnesses likely will be found there.”

For consolidated pretrial proceedings, the JPML asked that cases be assigned to District Judge Robert L. Miller, who the panel said is “well-versed in the nuances of complex, multidistrict litigation.”

The decision to formulate a multidistrict litigation was made after two plaintiffs asked the JPML in June to consolidate the M2a Magnum lawsuits in either the Northern District of California or the Southern District of New York. According to their motion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) had, by that time, received more than 450 adverse event reports associated with the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement, which is comprised of chromium and cobalt.

Lawyers for these plaintiffs, who each had to undergo replacement surgery to remove their M2a Magnum hip implants after they failed, also said that at least nine related federal lawsuits are awaiting dates in courts around the country.

Between the years 2000-2011, it has been estimated that the FDA received almost 17,000 reports of adverse events from metal-on-metal hip implants.

The Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant was approved by the FDA in 2004 through an expedited 510(k) process, which allows devices on the market without clinical testing if the manufacturer can prove that the implants are substantially equivalent to another that is already approved.

If you received the Biomet M2a Magnum and experienced serious complications, call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414, or click here for more information about how to file a Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement lawsuit.

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