Pope McGlamry has filed three additional Wright Conserve Plus hip system lawsuits in federal district courts across the United States. In November 2011, lawyers from Pope McGlamry filed a lawsuit and petition for MDL consolidation against Wright Medical Technology in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Wright Conserve Lawsuits
As of December 31, 2011, Pope McGlamry has filed three additional lawsuits against Wright Medical Technology, all of which arise from Wright’s Conserve metal-on-metal total hip replacement system.
Two of the lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the third lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
At least thirteen additional lawsuits have been filed against Wright Medical in nine different federal district courts by individuals who allege that their metal-on-metal Wright Conserve Plus hip system failed within a few years of implant, often resulting in the need for revision surgery. Lawsuits against Wright Medical Technology involving the Wright Conserve Plus hip system have been filed in federal district courts in Georgia, California, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Michigan and Arizona.
Wright Conserve MDL
On November 29, 2011, Pope McGlamry filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate and centralize all federal Wright Conserve Plus hip system lawsuits that have been brought in courts throughout the United States by individuals who experienced problems after receiving the metal-on-metal artificial hip system.
According to the motion, the plaintiff has requested that all current and future Wright Conserve Plus hip system lawsuits be transferred to the Southern District of Georgia or the Northern District of Georgia for coordinated handling by one judge as part of a multidistrict litigation, or MDL. Lawyers from Pope McGlamry will argue in front of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on January 26, 2011, to have the Wright Conserve Plus hip system lawsuits consolidated in federal court in Georgia.
A multidistrict litigation would allow all of the Wright Conserve Plus hip system lawsuits filed in federal courts to be coordinated under one judge for pretrial litigation to avoid duplicative discovery, inconsistent rulings and to conserve the resources of the parties, witnesses and the court. When lawsuits are consolidated as a multidistrict litigation, each retains its own identity. If the multidistrict litigation process does not resolve the cases, the lawsuits are transferred back to the court where they originated for trial.
Metal on Metal Hip Systems
The Wright Conserve Plus hip system lawsuits stem from Wright Medical Technology’s metal-on-metal hip systems. The design of metal-on-metal hip implants includes a metal ball that rests in a metal acetabular cup. These components, made of chromium and cobalt, constantly grind against each other as the recipient walks and moves. The metal design was originally meant to be longer-lasting and more durable than older designs, and was intended for younger, more active hip implant recipients.
However, in recent years, a number of orthopedic surgeons and studies have found that the metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are shedding metal particles into the body as they grind together. This can cause metallosis, which may result in tissue damage, swelling, bone deterioration and other problems.
Contact Pope McGlamry
If you or a loved one had a Wright Conserve Plus hip system implanted and have suffered complications, or experienced a hip replacement failure requiring revision surgery, you may be entitled to recover significant damages from the defective product manufacturer, Wright Medical Technology.