The 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare, Inc. subsidiary have opposed a proposition to centralize all federal Bair Hugger Lawsuits into a single jurisdiction for pretrial handling before a single judge.
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What’s the problem?
In a Joint Response filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on Sept. 14, 3M and Arizant argued that lawsuits pending against the companies have no scientific basis, and contain too many individual factors to warrant the creation of a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
To date, at least 14 hip and knee replacement infection lawsuits have been filed in federal courts around the country on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly developed severe post-op infections following use of the 3M Bair Hugger in joint replacement surgery. Plaintiffs allege that the warming blanket, which is used to help patients maintain an optimal body temperature during surgery, has a design flaw that allows bacterial contaminants from the operating room floor to enter the surgical site. Plaintiffs further contend that 3M and Arizant concealed this information from the public and failed to conduct adequate post-marketing surveillance on the device.
Additionally, the lawsuits note that the Bair Hugger is a standard medical device used in hospitals around the world, and has been used on over 165 million patients. According to a Motion for Transfer filed August 21, the litigation surrounding the device is likely to grow substantially in the coming weeks and months.
The Motion further asserts that consolidation of the lawsuits will reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings by different judges, and serve the convenience of all parties involved. The proposed litigation is: In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666.
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