Mike McGlamry, a partner with Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C. (“Pope McGlamry”) in Atlanta, Georgia, has been named as one of three co-chairs for the American Association for Justice’s Wright Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group. McGlamry is joined as co-chair by Helen Zukin of the Los Angeles, California law firm Kiesel Boucher Larson, P.C., and George E. McLaughlin with the Law Offices of John Gehlhausen, P.C., Aurora. Colorado.George McLaughlin
Begun in 1946, the American Association for Justice, or AAJ, is the world’s largest trial bar with a self-described mission to “to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.” Part of the AAJ’s services is the formation of litigation groups, often with a focus on a single product, with a goal of sharing information between its members. The litigation groups are voluntary, but help to level the playing field between victimized individuals battling the vast resources of a corporate defendant.
The Wright Conserve Hip Implant litigation stems from problems suffered by individuals who have had a hip replacement with either the Wright CONSERVE® Hip Implant System or the Wright PROFEMUR® Total Hip System. The Wright Hips resemble the recalled DePuy ASR Hip System and have resulted in similar injuries including, failure, acetabular cup loosening, severe pain, swelling, bone and soft tissue damage, metal poisoning, and other complications. Although a recent symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) concluded that there is no indication for the use of Metal-on-Metal total hip implants and preeminent British medical journal The Lancet reported that Metal-on-Metal stemmed total hip implant systems should not be used, the Wright Metal-on-Metal Hips are still on the market.
All federal lawsuits filed against Wright Medical Technology and its parent company, Wright Medical Group, Inc., have been consolidated in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Attorneys at Pope McGlamry filed some of the very first cases alleging injuries from Wright hip replacement products and has already been selected to serve as Co-Lead Counsel and Co-Liaison Counsel in the MDL proceeding.