HOUSTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to an expedited review of the proposed Sulzer Class settlement announced last month. The Sixth Circuit has indicated in agreeing to the review that it has grave reservations as to the propriety of the proposed nationwide class settlement to the Sulzer Inter-Op hip system litigation. "As we anticipated when we appealed the preliminary class certification, the appellate court is going to take a hard look at this inadequate and inappropriate class settlement," said Andres Pereira, an attorney with Fleming & Associates, L.L.P. which represents Barry Glasscock, the lead appellant before the Sixth Circuit. Last month, the District Court in Cleveland, Ohio granted preliminary approval to a proposed nationwide class settlement and preliminarily approved a nationwide class of individuals who had been implanted with a defective Sulzer Inter-Op hip system. Just last week, the same court included in the settlement Sulzer knee implants that were exhibiting the same defect. Immediately after the District Court granted preliminary approval of the proposed class settlement, attorneys representing individuals in state courts appealed the certification arguing that the federal court did not have the power to certify this type of personal injury case as a class action nor could it impose a stay of proceeding in the state courts. Fleming & Associates, LLP, concentrates its practice in the areas of complex product liability, negligence and consumer litigation, including mass and class actions. All cases are tried on a contingency fee basis. The firm's expertise includes multi-plaintiff litigation in areas such as aviation accidents, property damage, consumer protection, securities fraud, insurance fraud and toxic tort cases. Fleming & Associates, LLP has been successful in winning multi-million dollar jury verdicts and/or settlements, which now total over $2 billion. CONTACT Andres Pereira Fleming & Associates, L.L.P. 713-621-7944 MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X27792362 SOURCE Fleming & Associates, L.L.P. -0- 10/30/2001 /CONTACT: Andres Pereira of Fleming & Associates, L.L.P., +1-713-621-7944/ /Web site: http://www.fleming-law.com / CO: Fleming & Associates, L.L.P.; Sulzer ST: Texas IN: MTC SU: LAW -0- Oct/30/2001 17:39 GMT
Sixth Circuit Puts Brakes on Sulzer Settlement
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