Marie Napoli Appointed To Steering Committee In Hip Case

We are proud to announce that Partner Marie Napoli has been named as a Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee Member in In Re: Smith & Nephew BHR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2775), which is positioned before United States District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake of the United States District Court of Maryland. The firm is representing many victims who were implanted with problematic hip device.

The Court reviewed all the submissions but ultimately made her decision to assemble this committee which includes an array of highly skilled counsel with diverse backgrounds. Mrs. Napoli’s experience handling complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation certainly falls into these parameters.

As a member of the Steering Committee, Mrs. Napoli will continue to investigate and develop the claims while also overseeing the coordination, preparation, and presentation of the necessary legal documentation.

Mrs. Napoli is a founding partner of the national litigation firm, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC; With Marie’s guidance, the firm has expanded to eight offices across the country with more than 40 attorneys and 100 support staff.

She is also a driving force in lobbying Congress to introduce the Flint Victim’s Compensation Fund bill. The bill would provide much needed aid to the people of Flint through financial relief and future healthcare guarantees.

In 2015, an urgent field safety notice regarding the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System was tendered by Smith & Nephew.  The notice indicated that certain groups of patients are more likely to require revision surgery after receiving a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System implant.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with the members of this Executive Committee,” says Marie Napoli. “People believe that they are being given a hip replacement that will solve their problem, eliminate their pain, and allow them to remain highly physically active, but then end up with the exact opposite situation—chronic pain, no mobility, infections, and even additional surgeries. My firm and I believe that those responsible for our client’s suffering should be held accountable and we are ready to take on that fight.”


In 2015, Smith & Nephew issued an urgent field safety notice updating the instructions for use of its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System.

The notice reveals that certain groups of patients are more likely to require revision surgery after receiving a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System implant

These groups include:

  • men and women aged 65 or older; and
  • patients who require an implant head equal to or smaller than 48mm in size.

In 2016, Smith & Nephew expanded that safety notice to a class 2 device recall for the modular head portion of the device.


If you or someone you love has had hip surgery involving the Birmingham hip implant and are experiencing serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with one of our knowledgeable defective medical device attorneys today; the consultation is free. Or firm operates on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe us a cent unless we win your case.