Pa. High Court Rules J&J Not Liable In Surgery Death

Law360, New York (March 26, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s reversal of a $5 million product liability jury verdict against medical device makers, including Johnson & Johnson, stemming from the death of a woman who suffered complications after a gastric bypass surgery.

The supreme court agreed with a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that the trial court did not use a threshold determination in ruling whether the utility of a device used to staple the woman’s internal incisions was outweighed by the risk and instead relied upon...
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