The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a $2.1 million jury verdict in favor of a patient who won the first bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology over its defective metal hip implants. The three-judge panel agreed with U.S. District Judge William Duffey’s determination that the jury’s findings on the verdict form were inconsistent and indicated that the jurors did not understand the instructions on the verdict sheet. The panel found that Judge Duffey acted within his discretion in directing the jurors to deliberate further and make sure they fully understood those instructions.
Ms. Christiansen is represented by Michael McGlamry, William Norwood, N. Kirkland Pope and C. Neal Pope of Pope McGlamry PC, Helen Zukin of Kiesel Law LLP, and Ray Boucher of Boucher LLP. The case is Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology Inc. (case number 16-12162) in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The underlying MDL is In re: Wright Medical Technology Inc. Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (case number 1:12-md-02329) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
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