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Fighting for Justice in the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

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Searcy Denney partner, Brenda Fulmer, has been appointed by the Court to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee  in the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis or M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis with Kinectiv Technology and VerSys Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation.  This coordinated federal court litigation involves individual lawsuits that have been filed by patients that allege that Zimmer’s M/L Taper, VerSys, and Kinectiv hip implant components are defectively designed or contained inadequate warnings regarding the risks of corrosion, trunnionosis, and premature hip implant failure.  These Zimmer hip implant products have not been recalled by the FDA or Zimmer. The lawsuits focus on Zimmer’s use of dissimilar metals and other alleged design defects in the products. The lawsuits are pending in MDL No. 2859 before Judge Paul A. Crotty in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in New York City.  A jury rendered a verdict of $2,000,000 against Zimmer in December 2017 in a case in New Mexico involving the Zimmer M/L Taper hip implant product.

Brenda Fulmer

Brenda Fulmer has 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and has represented thousands of claimants in claims and individual actions filed in state and federal courts involving Abilify; Actos; Avandia; Baycol; Bextra; Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Implants; Breast Implants; CardioGen PET scans; Cialis; DePuy ASR and Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip Implants; DePuy Attune Knee Implants; Digitek; Drospirenone Birth Control Pills; Fen-Phen Diet Drugs; Fosamax; Gadolinium; Guidant and Medtronic Pacemakers and Defibrillators; Heparin; Hernia Mesh; Invokana; IVC Filters; Levaquin; Mirena; NuvaRing; Ortho Evra; Pain Pumps; PPA; Power Morcellator devices; Pradaxa; Prempro; Propulsid; Proton Pump Inhibitors; Reglan; Smith & Nephew Birmingham and R3 Hip Implants; SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Cases; Stockert 3T heating/cooling devices; Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II, Accolade, and LFIT V40 Modular Hip Implants; Sulzer Hip and Knee Implants; tobacco; Transvaginal Mesh and Bladder Slings (including products sold by Bard, Caldera, Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon, Mentor, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Neomedic, Covidien, AMS, ARIS, Sofradim, and ProteGen); Trasylol, Viagra; Vioxx; Wright Medical Metal on Metal Hip Implants; Xarelto; Zimmer-Biomet Reverse Shoulder Implants; Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implants; Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Implants; Zimmer NexGen Knee Implants; and Zofran.  She has also served in various court-appointed, national leadership roles in federal MDL and state court coordinated mass tort actions involving drugs and medical devices.

For several years, she has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, selected as a Super Lawyer from Florida, listed as one of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, and included in The Best Lawyers in America. She has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. 

She serves on the Board of Governors for AAJ and the Florida Justice Association and works each year lobbying on state and federal drug and medical device issues.  She is active in the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Palm Beach County Justice Association, The Florida Bar, Florida Justice Association (FJA), American Association for Justice (AAJ), Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), Florida Association of Women Lawyers, American Bar Association, the Duke and Emory Conferences on mass tort litigation, and various mass torts-related litigation groups and consortiums.

She is a frequent lecturer on mass tort marketing, law office management, drug and medical device litigation, and consumer drug safety.

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Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley is currently investigating Zimmer M/L Taper cases and other defective hip replacement cases. For referral opportunities, please contact Brenda Fulmer at 561-686-6300 or BSF@SearcyLaw.Com.

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