Jury Clears Zimmer Of Design Defect In 1st Knee Implant Trial

By Jessica Corso (November 6, 2015, 4:00 PM EST) -- Zimmer survived its first test in sprawling multidistrict litigation alleging a design defect in its NexGen knee implant series, with an Illinois federal jury Friday rejecting claims brought by a bellwether plaintiff who said two poorly designed implants caused her irreparable harm.

Following deliberations that began late Thursday afternoon, a 12-person jury found that Zimmer Inc. had not acted negligently in designing the NexGen devices and had not failed to warn the surgeon performing bellwether plaintiff Kathy Batty's double knee-replacement surgery that the devices were susceptible to loosening.

Batty was the first person to challenge the NexGen series in front of...

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