Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral HeadA panel of judges has agreed to centralize all federal products liability lawsuits related to Stryker Corp’s recall of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads to the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.
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April 10, 2017 – According to an Order issued Wednesday, all federal Stryker LFIT lawsuits will be transferred to Boston for pretrial handling. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) found that the claims shared enough in common to warrant centralization.
Multidistrict litigations are common in cases where a large number of similar claims are filed against the same defendant. Consolidation is intended to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings by different judges, and to expedite the litigation process.
The defendant, Stryker-subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corp., argued against the MDL, saying that the relatively small number of lawsuits would allow informal coordination to be equally effective. JPML was “not persuaded” by the argument, considering 33 pending complaints a “significant” number.
Stryker also asked the JPML to change the litigation’s proposed title. The Panel had chosen to name the MDL In re: Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation. Stryker felt that its own name should be removed and replaced with “HOC,” which stands for Howmedica Osteonics Corp. JPML felt this argument was unpersuasive, mainly because the company had marketed its hip replacement devices to healthcare practitioners under the Stryker brand name.
The Panel was equally unconvinced by Stryker’s request that the MDL be limited to devices affected by a complication known as “taper lock failure.” In August 2016, Stryker recalled more than 42,5000 LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Heads over an increased risk of “taper lock failure.” The company issued the recall after receiving a higher-than-expected number of reports involving affected hip devices breaking apart at alarming rates.
The litigation is In RE: Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 Femoral Head Product Liability Litigation, MDL NO. 2768.

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