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Weitz & Luxenberg’s Ellen Relkin Appointed Chairperson and Liaison in Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Litigation

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Mass tort and personal injury litigation firm Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. today announced that attorney Ellen Relkin has been appointed by the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti of the New Jersey Superior Court as Chair of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee of the New Jersey consolidated Multi-County Litigation in the In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implant Litigation. Relkin was also appointed as Liaison

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									Weitz & Luxenberg’s Ellen Relkin Appointed Chairperson and Liaison in
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Litigation

New York, NY, February 21, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Mass tort and personal injury litigation firm Weitz &
Luxenberg, P.C. today announced that attorney Ellen Relkin has been appointed by the Honorable Brian
R. Martinotti of the New Jersey Superior Court as Chair of the Plaintiff's Steering Committee of the New
Jersey consolidated Multi-County Litigation in the In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implant
Litigation.

Relkin was also appointed as Liaison Counsel, charged with coordinating with the New Jersey Superior
Court and any other courts, federal or state, who may handle parallel litigations, as well as coordinating
with both plaintiffs' and defense counsel.

The Stryker Rejuvenate Litigation, a multidistrict litigation comprised of lawsuits filed by injured hip
implant patients nationwide, was granted Multi-County Litigation status in January and assigned to New
Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, one of the three New Jersey Multi-County venues. Since Stryker
is a New Jersey resident defendant, plaintiffs from around the country are able to pursue claims in state
court New Jersey. This suit is the only centralized jurisdiction in the country for Stryker Rejuvenate and
ABG II cases. More than fifty cases are currently pending before Judge Martinotti in Bergen County and
based on representations in court today, several hundred cases are expected to be filed shortly.

The plaintiffs to the suit allege that the two recalled Stryker hip stems at issue, containing a titanium
coating, when connected to the cobalt chrome neck and taper of the device, cause a corrosive metallic
process resulting in the shedding of cobalt, chromium and other toxic metal ions at high levels which can
injure tissues, muscle, nerve and bones around the device, and fail years earlier than expected,
necessitating risky revision surgery.

Relkin filed the petition to obtain multi-county consolidation before the Administrative Office of the
Courts in September, 2012.

Relkin, a lawyer in Weitz & Luxenberg's medical devices unit, is also co-lead of the In Re DePuy ASR
MDL Litigation and serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip
Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 239). Weitz & Luxenberg's leadership in metal-on-metal hip
litigations extends to attorney Peter Samberg's appointment to the In Re DepuyOrthopaedics, Inc.,
Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability MDL Litigation based in Dallas.

Under increasing scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Stryker recalled in July all
Rejuvenate implants. They had previously issued an official urgent safety notice in April as evidence of
problems with their hip stem components surfaced.

About Weitz & Luxenberg
Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks
among the nation's leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg's numerous litigation areas include:


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mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and
medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg's more than 25 years
of handling such cases - begin by contacting the firm's Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or
at clientrelations@weitzlux.com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information:
www.weitzlux.com




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Contact Information:
Weitz & Luxenberg
Dave Kufeld
1-800-476-6070
Contact via Email
www.weitzlux.com


Online Version of Press Release:
You can read the online version of this press release at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/474305




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