Johnson v. Stryker Corporation et al

Filing 6

ORDER signed by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 11/7/14. All activity related to this case are STAYED until resolution of the motion to vacate conditional transfer order. Joint Status Report due in 90 days and every 30 days thereafter until resolution from the Judicial Panel. (Manzer, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 BETTY JOHNSON, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 15 16 No. 2:14-CV-2230-KJM-KJN v. ORDER STRYKER CORPORATION, STRYKER SALES CORPORATION, STRYKER ORTHOPAEDICS, BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, M.D., SUTTER AUBURN FAITH HOSPITAL and DOES 1 to 100, 17 Defendants. 18 On November 4, 2014, plaintiff Betty Johnson and defendants Stryker 19 20 Corporation, Stryker Sales Corporation, Howmedica Osteonics Corp (collectively “Stryker 21 defendants”) and Dr. Benjamin Williams1 jointly stipulated to stay all proceedings in this action 22 pending resolution of a motion currently pending before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict 23 Litigation (“Judicial Panel”) and/or resolution of the transfer of this case to MDL No. 2441. ECF 24 No. 5. This medical device products liability action arises out of injuries allegedly 25 26 sustained by plaintiff in connection with the implantation of a Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II 27 28 1 Defendant Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital has not appeared in this action. 1 1 modular-neck hip system designed, manufactured, and promoted by defendants. Cases involving 2 allegations of nearly identical injuries connected to this product are currently pending in various 3 federal courts. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established a multidistrict litigation 4 in the District of Minnesota to combine and address these cases. 5 On October 6, 2014, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a 6 Conditional Transfer Order seeking to transfer this case to that action. Defendant Williams has 7 filed a Notice of Opposition and motion to Vacate Conditional Transfer Order. Responses to this 8 motion are due on November 19, 2014. Thereafter, the Judicial Panel will rule on whether this 9 action should be transferred. 10 In light of that pending decision, all activity related to this action is stayed until 11 resolution of the motion and the Judicial Panel’s decision to transfer. The parties are instructed to 12 submit a Joint Status Report to this court 90 days from the date of this Order to inform the court 13 of the status of Williams’ motions and any decision from the Judicial Panel. Parties are further 14 instructed to continue to submit Joint Status Reports every 30 days thereafter until resolution 15 from the Judicial Panel. 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. 17 DATED: November 7, 2014. 18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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