Final Fairness Hearing Rescheduled for May 14, 2002
ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released
today by Sulzer Medica (NYSE: SM):
U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen O'Malley granted patients affected by
hip or knee implants additional time to decide whether they wish to
participate in the class action settlement. The opt-out deadline has been
extended to May 2, 2002 while the Final Fairness Hearing is now scheduled to
begin on May 14, 2002. The Final Notice, providing patients with terms of the
Final Settlement Agreement, will be mailed to class action members on March 1,
"We welcome the extension of this deadline," said Sulzer Medica CEO Dr.
Stephan Rietiker, "as it provides us with the opportunity to explain to
patients the advantages of the settlement in greater detail, which will also
help to further limit the number of opt-outs. It is still our goal to provide
all affected patients with fair and fast compensation by way of this
Sulzer Medica's subsidiary companies develop, produce, and distribute
medical implants and biological materials for cardiovascular and orthopedic
markets worldwide. The product array includes artificial joint, vertebral,
and dental implants, trauma products, heart valves, synthetic blood vessels
and stents for vascular and non-vascular obstructions. (Swiss Stock Market
symbol: SMEN, New York Stock Exchange symbol: SM).
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filings and other known and unknown risks and various other factors which
could cause the actual results or performance to differ materially from the
statements made herein.
This news release is available on the internet at: www.sulzermedica.com.
The company's quarterly report is available on the Sulzer Medica corporate web
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CO: Sulzer Medica
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