$1.3 Billion Class Action Settlement with Sulzer Orthopedics
Sulzer Orthopedics, Inc. of Austin, Texas, manufactured defective artificial
hip and knee products that were aggressively marketed to thousands of
unsuspecting joint replacement patients across the country. Evidence shows
that the company, once aware of the design flaws, worked to cover them
up. They assured orthopedic surgeons that the products were safe to implant,
knowing these patients would ultimately face painful major surgery to
replace their defective artificial knee and hip joints.
Scores of victims injured by those products asked our firm to represent their interests. We filed both individual claims and the lead class action case for victims in Florida.
Ultimately, all claims were consolidated into a Federal Class Action in the Northern District of Ohio. Attorney Chad Roberts was appointed by Federal Judge Kathleen O’Malley to help coordinate nationwide discovery activities and to serve as a liaison between national class counsel and counsel in other states throughout the country. After many months of hard work by Chad Roberts and teams of attorneys representing the victims of Sulzer Orthopedics, a $1.3 billion settlement plan was negotiated that provided substantial compensation to those whose artificial joints had failed or were likely to fail in the future.