1st Circ. Asks Mass. Court To Weigh In On Heart Valve Suit

By Mike Curley (January 12, 2022, 1:19 PM EST) -- The First Circuit is asking Massachusetts' highest court to weigh in on whether state law requires medical device manufacturers to report adverse events to federal regulators in a suit by parents whose child died after she was implanted with a heart valve implant made by Sorin Group USA Inc.

In an opinion filed Tuesday, the three-judge panel certified the question to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to aid in deciding whether to revive claims by William Plourde and Freda Merrill, who are appealing the dismissal of their claims against Sorin over the death of their daughter, Allison.

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