Surgical Robot Injury Suits Against Intuitive Won't Be Merged

Law360, New York (August 3, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Friday declined to consolidate four cases that claim Intuitive Surgical Inc. surgical robots caused personal injuries, finding the litigation may largely focus on individual questions of fact.

The plaintiffs in the four actions had argued that the cases should be combined because of their similarities as well as the probability of overlapping discovery and the potential for conflicting pretrial rulings. The panel agreed that the suits were all “relatively straightforward personal injury or wrongful death actions,” but said...
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Case Title

Silvestrini v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. et al


Case Number

2:11-cv-02704

Court

Louisiana Eastern

Nature of Suit

Personal Inj. Prod. Liability

Judge

Lance M Africk

Date Filed

October 28, 2011


Case Title

McCalla v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.


Case Number

1:12-cv-02597

Court

New York Southern

Nature of Suit

Personal Inj. Prod. Liability

Judge

Analisa Torres

Date Filed

April 4, 2012


Case Title

Jones et al v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.


Case Number

7:12-cv-01082

Court

Alabama Northern

Nature of Suit

365(Personal Inj. Prod. Liability)

Judge

Judge L Scott Coogler

Date Filed

April 10, 2012

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