The lawsuit was filed by Steve J., a man who was implanted with a Günther Tulip® Vena Cava Filter in August 2015 at Kingwood Medical Center.
Cook Medical is accused of negligence for selling a defective, unreasonably dangerous medical device and failing to warn about severe side effects. As of mid-August, the company was facing 818 federal lawsuits.
In recent years, a number of studies have found high rates of complications associated with Cook IVC filters.
In April 2012, a study involving 50 people with the Günther Tulip or Celect found that all of the filters had some degree of perforation within 71 days, 40% were tilted, and 86% perforated through the vena cava.
The case was filed on August 24, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) — Case No. 1:16-CV-02253.
The case was consolidated in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570) In Re: Cook Medical Inc. IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation.
The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin and Thomas Wm. Arbon of the Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas.