Plaintiffs Pick Test Case In Zimmer Knee Implant MDL

By Emily Field (January 22, 2015, 1:30 PM EST) -- Plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation over Zimmer Inc.'s allegedly defective knee implants urged an Illinois federal judge to select a Philadelphia woman as the first bellwether trial, saying that her age, gender and implant type best represent the issues at hand.

The plaintiffs steering committee said that Ramona Diano, a 72-year-old whose implants failed in both knees, is the most straightforward and comprehensive case, as she belongs to the most common age range and gender for the procedure and her case has the least individual issues out of the two other choices. Her case also includes false marketing allegations, according to...

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