Claims, Experts Cut From Hip Implant Bellwether Case

By Steven Trader (September 1, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge trimmed failure-to-warn claims Monday in the first bellwether case in multidistrict litigation stemming from allegations that the metal-on-metal design of Wright Medical Technology Inc.'s hip replacement implant was defective, but he allowed the remaining negligence and liability claims.

In a 120-page order issued Monday, U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. also nixed four out of nine experts retained by plaintiff Robyn Christiansen to testify at trial that the cobalt-chromium metal-on-metal design of Wright's Conserve Hip Implant system generated high levels of metal debris, causing metallosis in the surrounding tissue and led to its failure.

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