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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 No. 11 C 05468

          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 failed 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

Allen, Lucie

13 C 3660

Andrus, Charlotte

15 C 3215

Ashton, Janell C.

13 C 8204

Barger, David

12 C 2845

Barnes, Sherry

12 C 990

Barry, Denis

14 C 2377

Barthel, Paul

12 C 3880

Bell, Alice

14 C 2968

Blume, Barbara

12 C 4724

Brooks, Brenda

14 C 486

Brown, Jeffory

12 C 8134

Bruno, Oscar

12 C 1002

Buck, Gwen

13 C 5063

Calloway, Ezra Sr.

13 C 9088

Cameron, Terrance R.

12 C 3968

Camhi, Murray

14 C 2972

Carr, Robert

11 C 974

Carrea, Donna

13 C 6388

Coleman, Pauline L.

15 C 814

Colson, Miller

13 C 956

Consalvo, Donna

12 C 9005

Hichborn, Danielle

12 C 4742

Higdon, Elizabeth

14 C 1507

Hill, Patricia

12 C 8111

Hill, Shirley

13 C 5447

Hines, Paul L.

14 C 1067

Hix, Lonnie

13 C 2556

Holmes, Jimmie

14 C 435

Horr, Nancy J.

13 C 3235

Hughes, Leola Sharpy

12 C 10301

Hunsinger, Monica

13 C 3010

Hurst, Nancy

14 C 5980

Jetferson, Raymond

12 C 5174

Johnson, Brian Keith

11 C 8816

Johnson, Jacqueline

14 C 5013

Johnson, Viney

15C8011

Joyner-Clark, Sharon

13 C 524

Kallsen, Nancy

12 C 10283

Kauz, Lois

13 C 3309

Kennedy, Edward

12 C 3021

Kiser, Ben Edward

12 C 2141

Knox, Mary

13 C 8112

Learn, Maxine

13 C 5960

Lewallen, Daniel

12 C 6166

Littrell, Sally

12 C 9927

Lomanto, Mary Jane

13 C 7382

Lopez, Myrta

11 C 5750

Madera-Rivera, Nilsa

12 C 9011

Mahon, Ronald

12 C 2139

Marks, Helen L.

12 C 788

Martin, Ephsanna

13 C 5194

McClanahan, Paula

11 C 6424

McCray, Geraldine

12 C 9378

McCourt, Arnold

12 C 4727

McKenney, Elouise

11 C 5720

McKinney, Eddie L.

12 C 6502

McVea, Barbara

12 C 9014

Mead, James W.

14 C 1313

Mercurio, Joseph

13 C 7374

Miller, Cynthia

13 C 6133

Miller, Harold

13 C 5060

Millington, Renee

13 C 6521

Mitchell, Delores

12 C 4890

Moore, Donna

13 C 3351

Murphy, Marijo

13 C 4410

Crawford, Naomi

12 C7891

Cripps, Dale G.

12 C 8141

Didonato, Peter

13 C 6805

Diliberti, Diane

13 C 3143

Doonan, Thomas

12 C 4982

Ellison, Marie

12 C 5797

Faith, Gary

13 C 4400

Fenn, Yvonne

12 C 10279

Flores, Jr., John

12 C 8143

Fomby, Vanessa

13 C 1797

Forde, Lawrence

12 C 2382

Foster, Rosalind

15 C 1519

Geslao, Lois

13 C 3663

Gibbs, Anthony

14 C 6703

Gnann, Sally

13 C 6954

Gonzales, Bonnie

13 C 5059

Greene, Gale

12 C 5412

Gruntorad, Adrian

12 C 4488

Hagans, William

13 C 1663

Harris, Gregory

14 C 8095

Harris, Samuel

12 C 5790

Hennen, Jeffrey

12 C 8370

Hester, Robert J. Sr.

14 C 4767

Mutter, Sharon

12 C 5202

Myrick, Rhonda

15 C 5024

Nard, Deborah

13 C 3033

Neiss, Sandra

14 C 6233

Oliver, Roger

13 C 203

Owen, John Allen

13 C 1799

Palazzolo, Theresa

12 C 2840

Parker, Richard

11 C 8672

Perez, Anna L.

14C1196

Platt, Patricia

14 C 8073

Robinson, Emily

14 C 428

Rodrigues, Eugene

12 C 4744

Roe, Vicki

15 C 2103

Rosario Colon, Cesar

12 C 4754

Santos, Antonio F.

14 C 8082

Scavazzo, Vincent

12 C 4929

Shumate, Pamela

15 C 3209

Seibert, William

12 C 2213

Senz, Norma

13C8119

Shaw, Nelda

13 C 3621

Siambanes, Dorothy

12 C 1809

Smith, Juliana

13 C 5262

Smith, Larry O.

13 C 8205

Sprinkles, Frances

14 C 8104

Stevenson, Kimberly

12 C 3328

Stokes, Cynthia

12 C 4481

Stringer, Kathleen

13 C 6804

Suggs, Leslie

13 C 7383

Tedrahn, Linda

12 C 4758

Thomas, Victor

13 C 8202

Thorpe, George

12 C 5411

Torres-Baez, Wilfredo

14 C 480

Tretina, Dorothy

14 C 9554

Turpin, Marcia

14 C 497

Ventura, Loretta

14 C 3236

Walker-Connell, Brenda

14 C 5978

Wells, Audrey Lee

14 C 432

White, Shirley

12 C 7896

Williams, Houston

12 C 9424

Williams, Mary

11 C 5731

Willis, Vergie

12 C 5405

Wilson, Susan R.

13 C 525

Yerkovich, Mattl hew

14 C 1077


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