On December 14, 2022, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser Nashville Office Managing Partner Mark P. Chalos to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in multidistrict litigation against Exactech accusing the company of the manufacture and sale of defective knee, hip and ankle replacement systems that have led to serious injuries in hundreds of thousands of patients across the U.S.
In August 2021, Exactech announced a limited recall of some of its knee and hip products due to a packaging defect that causes the oxidation of parts, which could severely degrade the product and increase the risk that the devices would fail once implanted into a patient’s body. As Exactech has stated in its recall notice and in court filings, the oxidation could cause “accelerated wear debris production and bone loss, and/or component fatigue cracking/fracture, all leading to corrective revision surgery.” This “corrective” revision surgery can be more complicated and painful than original implantation surgery. In February 2022 and April 2022, it expanded the recall, which now includes over 270,000 products.
“It is a privilege to be able to serve our clients, indeed, all the injured plaintiffs across the Exactech MDL, in this lawsuit,” said Chalos. “Justice for the few is okay, but justice for the many is superlative. And that’s what we’re after here.”
Learn more about the Exactech Polyethylene Orthopedic Products Liability MDL.
About Mark P. Chalos
The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos (twitter: @mpchalos) represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. In the national opioids litigation, Mark represents counties and cities across the U.S., as well as Native American Tribes and health benefit plans. Most recently, Mark served as trial counsel in the national bellwether trial on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco which resulted in a successful verdict for plaintiffs.
Mark has tried cases to juries and judges around the country. He serves in the leadership of numerous class actions and multidistrict litigations. He is president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics, and is regularly cited by top-tier media outlets.