Welcome to the Web Site for MDL No. 2329
In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Civil Action No. 1:12-md-2329
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
The Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr.

Multidistrict litigation is litigation comprised of multiple civil cases involving one or more common questions of fact, but the cases are pending in different districts. Such actions may be transferred to any single district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. These transfers are made by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation authorized by 28 U.S.C. 1407. Actions will be transferred for the convenience of the parties and witnesses and to promote the just and efficient conduct of such actions. More information on multidistrict litigation can be obtained from the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation at http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov.

On February 8, 2012, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred four (4) civil action(s) to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1407, assigned to the Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr.

Each of these actions alleges claims arising from the use of Wright Technology’s Conserve Hip Implant, a metal on metal hip device used for total hip arthroplasty. Plaintiffs allege that individuals who were implanted with the Conserve Hip device face an increased risk of hip failure, requiring revision surgery. Plaintiffs further allege that the defendants concealed their knowledge of this risk and failed to provide adequate warnings to consumers, physicians, and the health care community. Defendants deny all allegations of fault.

In late November 2015, at the first bellwether trial in MDL 2329, Robyn Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology, the jury found that the Conserve metal-on-metal hip-replacement device was defectively designed and that Wright Medical Technology had made negligent misrepresentations about the device.  The jury awarded Ms. Christiansen $1 million in compensatory damages and assessed punitive damages in the amount of $10 million.  The court reduced the punitive damages to $1.1 million, and this first bellwether case is now on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Further bellwether trials have been suspended to allow the parties to focus on continued mediation efforts.   In the meantime, the Court has instructed lead counsel to provide memoranda by August 1, 2016, addressing whether to request the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to remand the individual actions currently consolidated in MDL 2329 to their respective transferor courts.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FILING NEW CASES!

When filing directly into the MDL, you will need to list MDL 2329 as a related case on the civil cover sheet AND make sure your case is listed on the MDL docket.