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Crowther v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Utah
2019 WL 1059966 (2019)
Travis Crowther (plaintiff) underwent hip-replacement surgery. Doctors implanted a prosthetic hip joint made by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. (defendant). Crowther developed metallosis, a condition caused when metal implant components rub against each other and abrade. Metal ions flake off, causing inflammation in surrounding tissue and other problems. Crowther underwent a second surgery to remove the Wright System implant, which revealed that a black residue had developed between the ball and socket. Crowther brought a products-liability action against Wright, including a claim that Wright defectively manufactured the implant. Specifically, Crowther alleged that the size of the ball and socket in his implant differed from manufacturing specifications and other implants in the same product line that were supposed to be identical. Crowther claimed the size difference made the clearance vary in his implant, causing pain and metallosis. Wright moved to dismiss the manufacturing-defect claim, arguing Crowther had not pled enough specific facts to support it.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Nuffer, J.)
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