Minn. Court Says Medtronic Plaintiffs' Claims Preempted

Law360, New York (October 26, 2009, 4:23 PM EDT) -- In a ruling that mirrors a federal court decision, a Minnesota state judge has dismissed 10 representative suits against Medtronic Inc. over allegedly faulty Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads, finding that claims brought by dozens of plaintiffs are preempted.

Since the leads were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — the “sole authority” on the safety and efficacy of medical devices — the plaintiffs’ claims could not survive Medtronic’s motion to dismiss, Judge Denise D. Reilly of the State Court of Minnesota, Fourth Judicial District,...
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