Companies accused in dozens of lawsuits of failing to adequately warn of the infection risk associated with Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to transfer all cases to South Carolina for pre-trial handling.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you suffered an infection or other injury after undergoing surgery in which a heater-cooler device was used, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
February 1, 2018 – Plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that the Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler, a device used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during open-heart surgery and other invasive procedures, can infect patients with a potentially deadly strain of bacteria called M. chimaera.
It could take up to 2 months before the JPML decides whether to consolidate the 42 cases into a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling. Consolidation is intended to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings by different judges, and to speed things through the litigation process as quickly as possible.
In addition to the 42 federal lawsuits, another 38 cases have been filed on the state level. All of the complaints involve similar allegations that LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) failed to adequately warn the public and medical community about the risk of M. chimaera infection associated with use of the Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler device.
In 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) blocked imports into the U.S. of 3T heater-cooler devices after publishing a warning letter concerning violations by the manufacturer. FDA didn’t require U.S. hospitals to stop using existing heater-coolers, but did offer new recommendations for reducing the risk of infection by M. Chimaera and nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), another type of bacterium related to the use of the machines.
A report issued by the CDC in October 2016 found that Stöckert 3T heater-cooler machines were the likely source of an outbreak of rare bacterial infections. The report cited at least 28 NTM infection cases in the U.S., including 21 in Pennsylvania, 5 in Iowa and 2 in Michigan. Four deaths were reported in Pennsylvania, the agency said.
Do I Have a Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in heater-cooler lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered an infection after surgery with a heater-cooler device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.