Stryker Can't Escape Punitive Damages In Pump Suit

Law360, New York (March 25, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has kept alive a bid for punitive damages in a lawsuit against Stryker Corp. that alleges the company's pain pump caused severe injury to a patient.

Judge John R. Adams on Tuesday denied the medical device maker's bid to dismiss a punitive damages claim filed by plaintiff Deborah L. Mayle, who alleges that Stryker's pain pump caused cartilage damage to her shoulder.

According to the suit, a doctor affixed the pain pump -- which continuously injects anesthetic drugs -- to Mayle's shoulder following...
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