February 1997 AAOS Report

Court approves AcroMed settlement

Judge Louis Bechtle in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has preliminarily approved the $100 million settlement agreement by AcroMed and the Plaintiffs Legal Committee (PLC) in the pedicle screw litigation. The AcroMed plaintiffs will be included in a "class" for settlement purposes. The PLC have placed Legal Notices in USA Today (Jan. 24 and 31 issues), TV Guide and Parade magazine to notify people who had spine surgery with a screw device manufactured by AcroMed that they may be able to participate in the AcroMed settlement fund. A Spanish newspaper in Puerto Rico also will carry the Legal Notice. No other manufacturer has agreed to a settlement. Sofamor Danek Inc. filed motions opposing the components of the AcroMed settlement. The AcroMed cases involve about 40 percent of all the lawsuits against the Academy in the multidistrict litigation.

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