TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The law firms Stevenson LLP, Koskie Minsky
LLP, and Klein Lyons have launched a class action against Biomet, Inc.
and related entities regarding Biomet's metal-on-metal hip implant
systems, including the M2a Magnum, the M2a 38, and the ReCap Femoral
The lawsuit alleges that Biomet, Inc. and related entities were
negligent in the research, design, manufacture, regulatory licensing,
sale and post-market monitoring of their metal-on-metal hip implants,
and that people implanted with the products in Canada suffered personal
injuries when their hip implants failed.
A metal-on-metal hip implant is one in which both the ball and socket of
the product are made of metal. The Biomet implants were aggressively
marketed by the defendants as having advantages over other hip
replacement or resurfacing systems, as suitable, safe, effective,
durable, minimally invasive hip replacements, as high performance,
long-lasting systems, as contributing to a better quality of life and
as being particularly suited for young, active patients, women and
patients of smaller stature.
The lawsuit alleges that the Biomet metal-on-metal hip implants were
designed and manufactured improperly and should not have been sold in
Canada. In particular, the Biomet metal-on-metal implants cause metal
debris to be released into the surrounding tissue and other
complications. The heavy metals released can be toxic, and may cause,
among other things, tissue necrosis, metallosis, pseudotumours, bone
dislocation and failure of the hip joint. Shortly after the Biomet
implants were approved for sale in Canada, there were increasing
reports of premature failures with these devices.
Despite serious and numerous reports of failure of the Biomet implants,
no warning was provided to Canadian patients of the significant risk of
failure of the Biomet implants and Biomet continues to market and
distribute the Biomet metal-on-metal implants in Canada, despite
unacceptably high early revision rates and other problems.
James Newland (of Stevensons LLP), Jonathan Ptak (of Koskie Minsky LLP)
and Doug Lennox (of Klein Lyons) are lead counsel in this proposed
Canadians who have experienced adverse events from Biomet hip implants
are encouraged to visit http://www.kmlaw.ca/biometclassaction, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-595-2629.
Stevensons LLP, based in Toronto, is a leading boutique litigation firm
with expertise in complex commercial litigation, personal injury and
medical malpractice, class actions, appeals, estates, employment,
administrative and public interest law.
Koskie Minsky LLP, based in Toronto, is one of Canada's foremost class
action, labour, employment and litigation firms. Its class actions
group has been a leader in class actions since 1992 and has prosecuted
many of the leading cases in the area.
Klein Lyons, based in Vancouver and Toronto, is a leading class actions
firm with significant expertise in defective drugs and medical devices
SOURCE: Koskie Minsky LLP
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