In Win for Plaintiffs, Judicial Panel Consolidates Exactech Litigation in a Northeast Court
In a recent blog post, we discussed the hearing on September 29th, 2022 to determine where the Exactech multidistrict litigation (MDL) would take place. The primary locations being considered were the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Northern District of Florida, and the Southern or Eastern District of New York State.
Since our last post, the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has assigned the Exactech MDL to U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. This consolidation is in favor of the plaintiffs, who had requested the MDL be held in the Eastern District of New York.
The plaintiffs stated that Exactech developed the Optetrak knee device at a hospital in Brooklyn, and therefore, the New York area residents were more likely than others to receive the faulty implant. Although Exactech, the defendant, agreed to the MDL, the company wanted the litigation to take place in either the Northern District of Florida, the Eastern District of Louisiana, or in South Carolina. Exactech was especially partial to Florida since the corporation is headquartered in Gainesville.
As always, we here at The Yost Legal Group will keep you up to date about all major happenings in this litigation. You are also free to follow the case on the United States Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation website. The JPML has assigned the case number MDL No. 3044 to the Exactech litigation.
With the MDL consolidated, all open Exactech cases in District Courts across the U.S. will now be transferred to the Eastern District Court of New York. With hundreds, even thousands of individuals potentially impacted, consolidating the cases will help expedite the process and make it easier for victims and their legal representatives to seek justice.
If you or a loved one has an Exactech implant, call to speak with one of our experienced Exactech lawyers today. Our firm is working diligently to file Exactech lawsuits for those who have suffered from a faulty Exactech product. Call 1-800-YOST- LAW (967-8529) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation. There is no fee or expense unless you recover.