High Court Rebuffs Medtronic Over Substitution

Law360, New York (October 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The plaintiff may have died years ago but that revelation will not stop the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing a potentially landmark case that could clarify whether compliance with federal regulations shields companies from state product-liability laws, particularly in the realm of medical devices.

On Monday, the High Court granted the motion of Donna Riegel as the administrator of the estate of Charles R. Riegel to be substituted in the case brought by her now-deceased husband against Medtronic Inc.

“The exercise of this court's power to...
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