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Breaking News: Urgent Recall From Stryker Impacting Illinois

11/08/2016

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​Urgent Recall for LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads

For millions of Americans, hip replacement devices from  StrykerDepuyWright and Zimmer promised mobility and relief, but due to these companies’ defective medical devices, many patients have been left crippled and facing painful revision surgeries.  Revision surgeries carry with them far more complications, or compound morbities, than initial implant surgeries.  It is absolutely mandatory that when a medical device is implanted, it is the proper device and free of defects due to the difficulties associated with revision surgeries. 

Hip replacement patients have a new reason to be concerned.  At Koester & Bradley we have seen first hand the incredible suffering that many clients endured as a result of defective metal on metal hip implants.  Since 2008 Ryan Bradley has been devoting mush of his practice to metal hip litigation and as part of it he routinely monitors the developments surrounding these cases.  

A recently issued hazard alert from Australia’s Department of Health and a recall notification from Stryker are warning patients about potential issues and injuries associated with the company’s LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ femoral head. The Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration and Department of Health is often relied on by the U.S. FDA and similar government health agencies worldwide for information regarding the safety of hip implant devices.

According to Stryker’s recall notice the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011 are reported to have a higher than expected incidence of taper lock failures. The taper lock is the part of the implant that connects the femoral head to the femoral neck.

If a taper lock failure occurs, the hip replacement patient could have the following issues:
  • Loss of mobility
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Adverse local tissue reaction
  • Dislocation
  • Joint instability
  • Broken bones around the components
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Need for revision surgery

These are much of the same problems as those experienced by other individuals with similar devices.  

This recall and alert could potentially affect tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. and worldwide. These metal femoral heads were widely distributed in the U.S. and abroad. If you or a loved one has been affected by this product, contact our office to explore your legal options. Koester & Bradley is nationally recognized for our expertise in defective metal hip replacement implant litigation; we can help. Contact us  online, 217-337-1400 or  request a free case evaluation online.


This issue has been identified in the following LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 products:

The Problems at Yahoo!

11/01/2016

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Yahoo!'s Problems are not Over After Verizon Acquisitions

At the time of writing this post, the international community was abuzz with news that Yahoo! email in the United Kingdom was actually off-line.  This is crushing news for a communication company that pioneered the world of communications in the 1990's.   The outage has been resolved for most customers, however many in England were unable to access their email inbox or send messages for approximately 10 hours.  This does not sound like a major problem, but to Yahoo! it certainly was.

The tales of woe for Yahoo! have been years in the running and the talking heads on business televisions can offer a litany of reasons why the once mighty giant has fallen.  The situation for Yahoo! and its beleaguered shareholders began to look up during this past summer though when Verizon, after passing anti-trust scrutiny, purchased Yahoo! for  $4.83 billion in July.   Then Yahoo! joined the ranks of Home Depot and Target falling victim to a data breach. 
 
This time, Yahoo! Inc. faces the first of three consumer class action complaints related to  consumer protection and fraud after hackers obtained data affecting at least 500 million Yahoo users. These cases will likely be combined into a single federal case as many other class actions suits will likely follow.

In  Havron v. Yahoo, Inc. (S.D. Ill., No. 16-cv-01075, complaint, 9/22/16), plaintiffs allege that Yahoo failed to adhere to its own terms of service and privacy policies to adequately protect and safeguard users’ personal information from theft or misuse. Plaintiffs allege that Yahoo violated common law contract and tort law and violated the  Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

The California cases—Myers v. Yahoo!, Inc. (S.D. Cal., No. 16-cv-02391, complaint, 9/22/16) and Schwartz v. Yahoo!, Inc., (N.D. Calif., No. 16-cv-05456, complaint, 9/23/16 )—blame Yahoo for gross negligence and allege identity thieves may use the stolen data to perpetrate a variety of fraud such as cloning credit and debit cards, taking out loans, opening new financial accounts, and other unauthorized activities. The Southern California case also alleges that Yahoo violated the Federal Stored Communications Act ( 18 U.S.C. 121).

Yahoo faces having to potentially defend multiple class actions at a cost expected to reach into the tens of millions amid an agreement wherein Verizon Communications, Inc. has  agreed to buy Yahoo for $4.83 million. It remains to be seen whether this merger will occur may hinge on the outcomes of the cases. As would be expected, the company did not comment "on ongoing litigation."

If you or a loved one has a Yahoo! account take simple precautions to make sure that your personal data and financial information is safe.  First, change your password, then research to see if you can find any transactions that you did not complete.  Finally, if you suspect that you are a victim, it may be wise to contact a reliable credit monitoring company to run a credit report.  While some of these companies are scams themselves, other are reliable. 

For more information on protecting yourself, or if you or a loved one have been a victim of consumer fraud, please  contact us.

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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  


Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.