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Brett Emison

$56 Million Biomet Hip Settlement Announced

A federal court has given its approval to a $56 million settlement to resolve a large number of lawsuits involving the Biomet M2a Magnum and Biomet M2a 38 hip replacement implants.  This settlement affects only those patients who have actually [...]
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Hellhole Shmellhole

That’s a really nice view of downtown St. Louis.  We have an office in St. Louis and if you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you noticed the great neighborhoods, outstanding colleges, Busch Stadium, toasted ravioli, Italian food [...]
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Your Doctor Probably Doesn’t Know How Much Your Artificial Hip Cost

The Washington Post recently featured an article detailing the secretive world of medical device pricing and sales.  WP noted that Medicare alone spends about $20 billion each year on implantable medical devices.  As baby boomers age, that [...]
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Top 10 Posts of 2013

  It’s that time of year again.  As the year draws to a close, it’s time for a brief look over the shoulder.  These were the 10 posts you, the reader, enjoyed most this year (as least as measured by volume of readership). 10. [...]
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Stryker: More Metal on Metal Hip Lawsuits to Settle

  Artificial hip maker, Stryker Corp., said in October it could spend between $700 million and $1.13 billion to resolve litigation over recalled hip implants.  Stryker recalled two devices – the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG [...]
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Key Deadlines Approaching In DePuy ASR Settlement

A settlement between thousands of plaintiffs and DePuy Orthopaedics was announced last week in the DePuy ASR litigation.  The nearly $2.5 billion settlement will resolve the claims of approximately 8,000 plaintiffs.  However, about one-third [...]
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Making Sense of the DePuy ASR Hip Settlement

Details of the DePuy ASR artificial hip settlement were officially released yesterday during a hearing involving lawyers and judges involved in litigation across the country.  To date, there have been nearly 8,600 cases filed in the federal [...]
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Johnson & Johnson Ready To Pay $3 Billion To Settle Defective Hip Claims?

  New reports this week suggest Johnson & Johnson is prepared to increase its settlement offer over defective artificial hips by at least 50%.  Back in January, J&J reportedly offered $2 billion to resolve more than 10,000 lawsuits [...]
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10th Anniversary of the Zimmer Institute – Cause for Celebration?

There was partying in Chicago last month and you can bet that the folks at Zimmer Holdings – sponsors of the party and manufacturers of artificial knees that fail with frightening regularity – toasted the fortune they made. [...]
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How Much Will An Artificial Hip Cost You?

How much is that new hip going to cost you? The answer, according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association Study, is that no one knows. Researchers called more than 100 hospitals and asked for prices for a hip replacement [...]