J&J Unit Dodges Suit Over Gastric Band Device Death

By Lauren Berg (February 8, 2019, 6:23 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court's ruling that tossed a wrongful death suit by the daughters of a woman who died of complications following surgery to place a gastric lap band made by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, finding that the statute of limitations ran out while the case was in arbitration.

In a unanimous decision written by Justice Brian M. Hoffstadt, the appeals panel found that Rosa Gonzalez's daughters' case against Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. did not prove a causal connection between a delay in arbitration and their failure to get the case to trial in five...

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