Court Refuses To Toss Claims Against Medtronic

Law360, New York (November 29, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge in Minnesota has denied a motion for summary judgment by medical device maker Medtronic Inc., allowing hundreds of cases brought by personal injury claimants over Medtronic’s implantable cardiac defibrillators to move forward.

In an order handed down Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James M. Rosenbaum found that if plaintiffs’ allegations that Medtronic knew about problems in the company’s Chi 4420L batteries and opted not to disclose them to authorities are true, Medtronic cannot claim that federal preemption bars the plaintiffs’ claims.

“If proven, such...
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