As many of you may know, the Stryker Rejuvenate litigation originally involved about eight thousand cases that were filed on behalf of people who had Stryker Rejuvenate hips. Most of those cases were consolidated in Minneapolis, Minnesota before Judge Donovan Frank. After year and a half litigation, there was a global settlement that was announced. It was actually a global settlement program. Any individual who had a revision surgery as of November 2014 had the option of participating in the settlement program.
The hearing yesterday discussed the current situation regarding where certain cases stand, how many have been settled, how many remain. We learned there are many cases still pending in the court that have not been resolved.
Those cases fall under different categories:
- The first category includes people who have not had revision surgery. Stryker has offered nothing to those individuals and is not agreeing to settle their cases.
- The second kind of case involves people who had revision surgery but after the settlement was announced in November 2014. So, if you had revision surgery after November 2014 you were not included in the settlement program.
- The third kind of case that is sitting out there is for people who opted out of the settlement program. They decided they didn’t like the terms of the settlement and decided not to take it.
- The last category of cases, 175 remaining, those will be tried to a jury. There is a lot of work right not to get those cases ready for trial. There’s a lot of discovery that’s being conducted with respect to Stryker and retrieving documents from Stryker. There are many depositions lined up for November of this year of various Stryker executives. There’s a lot of work and effort going into getting those cases ready for trial.
With respect to the unrevised cases, people who haven’t had revision surgery, there is a process that will be set in place. Essentially, Stryker has agreed to allow these people to dismiss their case. In the future, if they ever need revision surgery, they can refile the cases as if it was never dismissed in the first place. This process is called a “tolling agreement”. Stryker agreed to “toll”, or suspend, the statute of limitations. For example, you dismiss your case and are allowed to refile if you ever have revision surgery. If you do, it’s as if your case was never dismissed in the first place.
These cases are ongoing. There’s a lot that’s happening. Many cases have settled. If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate hip, and have not filed a case, we recommend you file one immediately. The statute of limitations could be running on your case. And unless you actually have a case on file, you are not protected even if your hip has not been revised. This tolling agreement only applies to individuals who have cases on file.
If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate hip, contact us for a free case consultation. You can call us toll-free at (888) 635-3970, or fill out and submit the confidential submission form found on this page.