Potential Consolidation of 27 Exatech Implant Device Liner Litigation Cases into MDL Proceeding

by | Aug 10, 2022

Exactech, a manufacturer of knee, ankle and hip implant devices, has issued a series of product recalls that have resulted in a number of lawsuits being filed. In June 2021, the company wrote to healthcare professionals, notifying them of concerns it had with the performance of its Connexion GXL acetabular liner.

Approximately 90,000 of the hip replacement liners had been implanted since 2008 and the potential for premature failure of the device resulted in a recall. In February 2022, the company recalled over 140,000 of its knee and ankle polyethylene liners, following reports of premature wear and early revision surgery resulting from a defective packaging polyethylene plastic insert.

On July 20 2022, in response to a motion to consolidate 27 pending lawsuits filed in 11 district courts involving its implants filed by the plaintiffs in June with the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), the manufacturer agreed that the Panel should centralize the cases into an MDL proceeding, arguing that the cases should be venued in New York or Louisiana.

The JPML is expected to schedule arguments on the potential consolidation on September 29.


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