Exactech is a major manufacturer of implants used in total knee replacement and total ankle replacement surgeries. Over 150,000 people have Exactech implants in their knee or ankle. Exactech recently initiated a recall of all these implants due to a defect that causes the implants to wear out and fail prematurely.
In the wake of the Exactech recall and the class action lawsuit, thousands of patients with Exactech implants may file product liability lawsuits seeking financial compensation for the pain and expense associated with the premature failure of their joint implant. These suits are being filed in the class action lawsuit in New York. But there are also state court claims that are being filed, mostly in Florida.
In December 2022, Exactech’s defense team sent a letter to MDL Judge Garaufis last week explaining the status of their effort to get formal coordination between the federal MDL and the state court MDL in Florida. Exactech is pushing hard for the discovery in the state and federal proceedings to be combined to avoid doubling their defense costs. The plaintiffs in the Florida state court MDL have opposed this request.