Medical Device Preemption Case Rejected By High Court

Law360, New York (October 31, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case over whether federal law preempts product liability claims involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration–approved medical devices, in this case an allegedly defective hip replacement made by Stryker Corp.

Stryker, which manufactures the Trident ceramic hip replacement system, petitioned the court in June, asking the justices to overturn a December ruling by the Seventh Circuit. The appeals court held that a patient, Margaret J. Bausch, could sue Stryker after her Trident hip implant had to be...
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