Lawsuits against Exactech involving recalled joint replacement devices are moving forward in Florida state courts and federal courts, St. Petersburg Injury Law News reported Oct. 9.
Initial lawsuits were filed in a Florida state court in Gainesville where the orthopedic devicemaker is headquartered. A jury trial is set for November 2023.
There are 80 total cases related to the implants pending in federal courts across the country. On Oct. 7, a federal judicial panel assigned all Exactech cases to be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York since many of the Implants were done at the Manhattan-based Hospital for Special Surgery.
Exactech's Connexion GXL hip implant was recalled in June 2021 after Exactech told its sales agents there was an increased risk of premature wear. Before, the devicemaker told surgeons that the device had been phased out and replaced by a newer product, but didn't mention pending recalls.
In August of this year, 40,000 more hip implants were recalled.