Olympus Stuck In Endoscope 'Superbug' Exposure Suit

By Lauren Berg (May 8, 2019, 10:08 PM EDT) -- A California judge denied Olympus America Inc.'s bid Wednesday to escape claims that a defective medical scope caused a patient to contract an antibiotic-resistant "superbug," rejecting its argument that the patient must show the device was properly cleaned yet still carried the bug.

At a short hearing in downtown Los Angeles, Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Buckley wasn't convinced by Olympus' counsel, Samuel L. Tarry Jr. of McGuireWoods LLP, who argued plaintiff Aaron Young hasn't provided evidence that the scope — a flexible, lighted tube — wasn't properly cleaned according to the device's instructions before his procedure.

The judge told Tarry...

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