February 2000 AAOS Report

AAOS, SRS, NASS removed from pedicle screw cases

The Plaintiffs Legal Committee (PLC) did not file for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court, therefore the AAOS, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and North American Spine Society (NASS) are officially removed from the approximately 450 federal pedicle screw cases that had been before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision to remove these medical societies from these cases Oct. 7, 1999, but the PLC had 90 days to appeal the decision. The PLC alleged the medical societies had engaged in a conspiracy with certain orthopaedic device manufacturers to promote the use of pedicle screws. In the last five years, more than 2,000 pedicle screw civil actions, involving 5,000 individual plaintiffs, were filed against manufacturers, physicians and medical associations. These civil actions were consolidated for pretrial proceedings before Judge Louis Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1994 and medical societies were named in the litigation in 1995.

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