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In re Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

March 3, 2017

IN RE ZIMMER NEXGEN KNEE IMPLANT PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION This Document Relates to All Cases MDL No. 2272

          ORDER

          REBECCA R. PALLMEYER, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Motion for summary judgment [2106] is granted. Summary judgment is granted in 137 cases listed in this order.

         STATEMENT

         Defendant Zimmer, Inc. has filed an omnibus motion (hereinafter "Zimmer Omnibus Motion") ([2106] in Master Docket, Case No. 11 C 5468) for summary judgment in more than 100 cases in this MDL proceeding. This order applies to 137 of those cases. Summary judgment should be granted in each of these cases, Zimmer argues, because Plaintiffs failed to timely submit expert reports, as required by Case Management Order No. 9 (hereinafter "CMO-9") ([1651] in Master Docket, Case No. 11 C 5468). At the time the court entered CMO-9, the admissible expert testimony Plaintiffs had offered in the MDL suggested that the allegedly defective design of Zimmer's NexGen Flex knee implants caused injury only for those patients who attained knee flexion, post-implant, equal to or greater than 120 degrees ("high flexion"). Thus, to ensure that MDL Plaintiffs had an adequate evidentiary basis for their claims, CMO-9 required Plaintiffs to submit medical documentation that they had attained high flexion after implantation. Cases in which Plaintiffs failed to timely submit such documentation would not be eligible for selection as a bellwether case in the MDL. (CMO-9 ¶ 5.) CMO-9 recognized, however, that some Plaintiffs who did not have medical documentation of high flexion may nevertheless maintain that the design of Zimmer's knee implant caused their injury. (Id. ¶ 6.) The order labeled those cases "Track Two" cases. (Id.) Because an expert opinion had not yet been offered to support a causation theory that did not involve attainment of high flexion, the order required Plaintiffs pursuing an alternative theory of causation to submit a Rule 26(a)(2) expert report in support of that theory by a specified deadline. (Id. ¶ 7.)

         In its omnibus motion, Zimmer has produced evidence that Plaintiffs in the 137 cases at issue in this order have failed to submit expert reports in accordance with CMO-9. (Zimmer Omnibus Motion at 3, ¶ 7.) In addition, Zimmer has cited legal authority demonstrating that expert testimony is required under state law to sustain the claims in each of Plaintiffs' cases. (See Ex. A to Zimmer Omnibus Motion [2106-1].) In these 137 cases, Plaintiffs have not responded to Zimmer's motion. Because Plaintiffs have faiied to address the legal arguments and factual assertions in Zimmer's motion and because that motion and its supporting materials establish that Zimmer is entitled to summary judgment, the court grants Zimmer's motion for summary judgment ([2106] in Master Docket, Case No. 11 C 5468) in the cases listed below. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(e)(3).

Adams, Jeff

13 C 5058

Crawford, Naomi

12 C 7891

Allen, Lucie

13 C 3660

Cripps, Dale G.

12 C 8141

Andrus, Charlotte

15 C 3215

Didonato, Peter

13 C 6805

Ashton, Janell C.

13 C 8204

Diliberti, Diane

13 C 3143

Barger, David

12 C 2845

Doonan, Thomas

12 C 4982

Barnes, Sherry

12 C 990

Ellison, Marie

12 C 5797

Barry, Denis

14 C 2377

Faith, Gary

13 C 4400

Barthel, Paul

12 C 3880

Fenn, Yvonne

12 C10279

Bell, Alice

14 C 2968

Flores, Jr., John

12 C 8143

Blume, Barbara

12 C 4724

Fomby, Vanessa

13 C 1797

Brooks, Brenda

14 C 486

Forde, Lawrence

12 C 2382

Brown, Jeffory

12 C 8134

Foster, Rosalind

15 C 1519

Bruno, Oscar

12 C 1002

Geslao, Lois

13 C 3663

Buck, Gwen

13 C 5063 3

Gibbs, Anthony

14 C 670

Calloway, Ezra Sr.

13 C 9088

Gnann, Sally

13 C 6954

Cameron, Terrance R.

12 C 3968

Gonzales, Bonnie

13 C 5059

Cam hi, Murray

14 C 2972

Greene, Gale

12 C 5412

Carr, Robert

11 C 974

Gruntorad, Adrian

12 C 4488

Carrea, Donna

13 C 6388

Hagans, William

13 C 1663

Coleman, Pauline L

15 C 814

Harris, Gregory

14 C 8095

Colson, Miller

13 C 956

Harris, Samuel

12 C 5790

Consalvo, Donna

12 C 9005

Hennen, Jeffrey

12 C 8370

Copeland, Bertha

14 C 2769

Hester, Robert J. Sr.

14 C 4767

Hichborn, Danielle

12 C 4742

Mutter, Sharon

12 C 5202

Higdon, Elizabeth

14 C 1507

Myrick, Rhonda

15 C 5024

Hill, Patricia

12 C 8111

Nard, Deborah

13 C 3033

Hill, Shirley

13 C 5447

Neiss, Sandra

14 C 6233

Hines, Paul L

14 C 1067

Oliver, Roger

13 C 203

Hix, Lonnie

13 C 2556

Owen, John Allen

13 C 1799

Holmes, Jimmie

14 C 435

Palazzolo, Theresa

12 C 2840

Horr, Nancy J.

13 C 3235

Parker, Richard

11 C 8672

Hughes, Leola Sharpy

12 C 10301

Perez, Anna L

14 C 1196

Hunsinger, Monica

13 C 3010

Piatt, Patricia

14 C 8073

Hurst, Nancy

14 C 5980

Robinson, Emily

14 C 428

Jefferson, Raymond

12 C 5174

Rodrigues, Eugene

12 C 4744

Johnson, Brian Keith

11 C 8816

Roe, Vicki

15 C 2103

Johnson, Jacqueline

14 C 5013

Rosario Colon, Cesar

12 C 4754

Johnson, Viney

15 C 8011

Santos, Antonio F.

14 C 8082

Joyner-Clark, Sharon

13 C 524

Scavazzo, Vincent

12 C 4929

Kallsen, Nancy

12 C 10283

Shumate, Pamela

15 C 3209

Kauz, Lois

13 C 3309

Seibert, William

12 C 2213

Kennedy, Edward

12 C 3021

Senz, Norma

13 C 8119

Kiser, Ben Edward

12 C 2141

Shaw, Nelda

13 C 3621

Knox, Mary

13 C 8112

Siambanes, Dorothy

12 C 1809

Learn, Maxine

13 C 5960

Smith, Juliana

13 C 5262

Lewallen, Daniel

12 C 6166

Smith, Larry O.

13 C 8205

Littrell, Sally

12 C 9927

Sprinkles, Frances

14 C 8104

Lomanto, Mary Jane

13 C 7382

Stevenson, Kimberly

12 C 3328

Lopez, Myrta

11 C 5750

Stokes, Cynthia

12 C 4481

Madera-Rivera, Nilsa

12 C 9011

Stringer, Kathleen

13 C 6804

Mahon, Ronald

12 C 2139

Suggs, Leslie

13 C 7383

Marks, Helen L.

12 C 788

Tedrahn, Linda

12 C 4758

Martin, Ephsanna

13 C 5194

Thomas, Victor

13 C 8202

McClanahan, Paula

11 C 6424

Thorpe, George

12 C 5411

McCray, Geraldine

12 C 9378

Torres-Baez, Wilfredo

14 C 480

McCourt, Arnold

12 C 4727

Tretina, Dorothy

14 C 9554

McKenney, Elouise

11 C 5720

Turpin, Marcia

14 C 497

McKinney. Eddie L.

12 C 6502

Ventura, Loretta

14 C 3236

McVea, Barbara

12 C 9014

Walker-Connell, Brenda

14 C 5978

Mead, James W.

14 C 1313

Wells, Audrey Lee

14 C 432

Mercurto, Joseph

13 C 7374

White, Shirley

12 C 7896

Miller, Cynthia

13 C 6133

Williams, Houston

12 C 9424

Miller. Harold

13 C 5060

Williams, Mary

11 C 5731

Millington, Renee

13 C 6521

Willis, Vergie

12 C 5405

Mitchell, Delores

12 C 4890

Wilson, Susan R.

13 C 525

Moore, Donna

13 C 3351

Yerkovich, Mattlhew

14 C1077

Murphy, Marijo

13 C 4410


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