Zimmer Hip Implant Failure Litigation Updated


December 7, 2010

Wendy FleishmanWendy R. Fleishman, a partner in the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, today released a short video updating patients on the status of the federal litigation against Zimmer Inc., for manufacturing and selling an allegedly defective hip implant under the brand name Durom Cup.

Lieff Cabraser serves as Co-Liaison Counsel in the federal coordinated In re Zimmer Durom Cup Product Liability Litigation, MDL NO. 2158 (SDW), which is pending in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey. As Ms. Fleishman explains in the video, the Court has ordered all cases to proceed to mediation and we are hopeful that this process will result in fair and timely settlements of cases filed by injured Zimmer patients.

Attorney Wendy Fleishman Provides a December 2010 Update on Zimmer Durom Cup Dangers

Background on the Zimmer Durom Hip Failures

The Durom Cup was first sold in the U.S. by Zimmer, the nation's largest producer of orthopedic devices, in 2006, and was implanted in more than 12,000 patients over a two-year period. The complaint estimates that the failure rate of the Durom Cup so far is between 20% and 30%. The true failure rate of the Zimmer Durom Cup may climb much higher in the coming years as doctors and their patients come to realize that their implants are failing.

"Zimmer marketed its 'metal-on-metal' Durom Cup implant as providing a greater range of motion and less wear than traditional hip replacement components," stated attorney Fleishman. "Contrary to Zimmer's representations, the Durom Cup is prone to failing at an unprecedented rate for these medical devices."

In July 2008, Zimmer announced that it was temporarily suspending sales of the Durom Cup in the United States. Zimmer denies any "evidence of a defect" with the Durom Cup and has thus far refused to issue a recall notice in accordance with procedures established by the Food and Drug Administration.

About Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP represents persons across America injured by defective medical devices, including the Zimmer Durom Cup. Of note, in 2001, Lieff Cabraser helped hundreds of people who were forced to undergo revision surgery to remove defective hip and knee implants manufactured by Sulzer Orthopedics. We played a significant role in negotiating a settlement with Sulzer valued at more than $1 billion. In May 2002, the Court granted final approval to the revised settlement.

In addition, for the last ten years, The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs' law firms in the nation.

If you would like to learn more about your legal rights please visit our Zimmer hip defect lawsuits page or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Heather Wong or Wendy Fleishman. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case.

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Wendy R. Fleishman
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