Stryker Inks 1st Settlements In NJ Hip Implant Suits

By Greg Ryan (December 18, 2013, 6:41 PM EST) -- Stryker Corp. has settled four lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by defective hip implants, each brought by a different plaintiffs firm in consolidated litigation in New Jersey court, according to an order Monday.

The parties agreed to enter mediation in April in an attempt to resolve more than 500 suits in multicounty litigation over Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. The plaintiffs allege they were forced to undergo painful, invasive surgeries because the implants were defective.

Of the six cases to have undergone mediation to date, four have settled, Judge Brian Martinotti said.

"We had a nice variety of plaintiffs,...

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