JPML Consolidates Profemur Hip Implant Suits In Ark.

By Emily Field (August 7, 2020, 9:24 PM EDT) -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation sent nearly four dozen suits alleging Wright Medical Technology Inc. and MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. sold defective hip implants to Arkansas federal court over the objections of the companies.

The JPML sent the cases to the Eastern District of Arkansas, finding that the cases involve common questions about the design, marketing and performance of the Profemur line of modular hip implants. The consumers in the cases argue that the implants contain dangerous defects that make them either erode or fracture after they have been put into patients.

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