Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 3:47 pm
A case management order filed earlier this year for the multidistrict litigation case regarding defective Stryker Hip Implants in the District of Minnesota (MDL 2441) indicates that the cases may go to trial by next summer. MDL 2441 currently represent 616 cases but more than 1,500 cases are pending throughout the US and the number of lawsuits filed is only expected to rise.
The Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip implants and similar models were recalled in 2012 when studies revealed that the products had unacceptably high rates of failure, causing a lot of pain as well as bone and organ damage in some cases, often requiring replacement surgery. The hip implants were supposed to last at least 15 years before needing replacement, but about 13% of patients needed replacement less than two years after implant surgery. Many patients retained metal debris that resulted from a design defect in the implants.
A similar case was filed against medical device maker and Stryker Co. rival Biomet, which has agreed to settle cases under MDL 2391 in the Northern District of Indiana for its M2a 38 and M2a Magnum hip implants. Stryker likewise settled four cases on December 16, 2013.
Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 8:29 pm
Subaru has announced that they will recall 5,379 vehicles from their 2013 Outback and Legacy lines because of concerns over a defect with the vehicles’ steering. Specifically, the company is concerned that in some vehicles, two components in the steering shaft do not meet, resulting in drivers’ losing the ability to steer their vehicles.
This defect was actually discovered in June of last year in an Indiana assembly plant. The company stopped selling the vehicles while they attempted to identify and address the defect, but earlier this year, they received a complaint from a Subaru owner that he was unable to steer his vehicle. The company is currently informing dealerships about the potential defect and the subsequent recall, and expects that dealerships will begin to notify owners within 30 days.
Subaru is the most recent auto manufacturers to issue a recall of their vehicles in recent weeks. Recently, Chrysler recalled nearly 500,000 Jeep models over concerns of a transmission defect. Sources within Subaru have said that they are not aware of any injuries resulting from this defect, and this voluntary recall is likely intended to help prevent any future injuries from occurring and avoid subsequent legal liability. You can read more about the Subaru recall by clicking here.
Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 5:33 pm
According to a story in the Oakland Tribune, Annie’s Homegrown, a natural and organic foods company based out of Berkeley, CA, issued a voluntary recall of their frozen Rising Crust Pizza after a faulty screen at their production plant resulted in metal shards finding their way into flour and pizza dough.
Although there are no reports of injuries or consultations with personal injury lawyers because of the incident, Annie’s decided to recall frozen Rising Crust Pizzas with a “best buy” date between January 9th and September 14th of this year. Additionally, there have been no reports of consumers finding any metal in store-bought pizzas.