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A number of people have sued Wright Medical Technology for components made by the company and used in hip replacement surgeries. Although the details differ, the lawsuits commonly allege that faulty design or manufacture of the hip devices have caused pain, instability and poor performance resulting in the need for additional hip revision surgeries, loss of income and other damages. Both the Conserve and Profemur Z lines of hip devices have been the subjects of various suits, but unlike other problematic models of hip replacement, they have not been recalled.
Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Lawsuits
In 2012, four suits against Wright Medical Technology were combined by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation into MDL 2329 and assigned to the Southern Georgia District Court. At the time of the initial order, the court was aware of at least 17 other tag-along cases that might also be combined into MDL 2329. According to a New York State Bar Association publication, as of Spring 2014, there were 75 pending cases under the purview of MDL 2329.
These cases pertain to alleged problems with Wright’s Conserve hip replacement devices. According to the initial MDL order, even though some of the specific circumstances of each case might differ, the panel ordered that the various lawsuits could be combined because they shared critical facts related to the “design, manufacture, marketing and performance of Wright’s Conserve line of hip implant products.”