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June 14, 2022, a motion was filed to consolidate all Exactech joint replacement lawsuits involving recalled polyethylene inserts in hips, knees, and ankles into a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of New York. If the motion is granted, all future Exactech recall lawsuits filed in federal court would be centralized under the MDL.
Exactech is a global medical device company headquartered in Gainsville, FL. Founded in 1985, the company specializes in surgical implant systems for use in joint replacement surgeries.
Exactech first initiated recalls in June and August 2021; however, in February 2022, the recall was expanded to include ALL knee and ankle polyethylene inserts made after 2004. The recalls came after discovering a defect in the vacuum seal packaging was causing a polyethylene insert component to significantly degrade and lose its ability to function properly. Over time, the degraded polyethylene insert led to excessive friction and wear causing premature failure of the replacement system.
The degradation of the polyethylene insert can lead to medical complications including:
Specific models recalled include the OPTETRAK®, OPTETRAK Logic®, and TRULIANT® tibial inserts. In addition, Exactech also recalled its Connexion GXL hip acetabular liners and VANTAGE® ankle fixed-bearing liner components.
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A multidistrict litigation or MDL is a special procedure where federal civil cases are transferred to one court. One judge manages the litigation during pretrial and discovery process. The cases remain individual lawsuits (not a class action); those not settled in the MDL will be remanded to the federal courts in the states where the injured plaintiffs reside.
Benefits of transferring and consolidating to an MDL include:
For plaintiffs, an MLD means that all cases are heard in a single court and that should result in more consistent results vs. contrary legal opinions.
Companies like Exactech that manufacture medical products have a responsibility to make their products reasonably safe in their design, manufacture, and packaging and should be held responsible when there is a problem.
Patients face an increased risk of knee or ankle replacement failure, complications caused by the defective plastic insert along with unnecessary medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Find out if you have a case against Exactech.
Have you been advised to undergo a revision surgery, or have already had one, due to complications associated with one of Exactech’s knee, ankle or hip replacement devices? Then contact the law offices of Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. The time to request your free, no-obligation case review is now. We will review your case in a free and confidential consultation, with no risk or obligation to take legal action
It can be devastating when the medical devices you rely on fail. The Nash & Franciskato Law Firm has a proven track record against medical device manufacturers.
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