Biotronik Escapes Suit Over Defective Defibrillators

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 6:35 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday nixed a product liability suit over Biotronik Inc.'s allegedly defective defibrillator components, saying the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act preempted the plaintiffs’ state law claims.

U.S. District Judge William H. Walls agreed with Biotronik that the federal law preempted the plaintiffs' claims under the New Jersey Product Liability Act that a faulty lead wire manufactured by Biotronik had resulted in a dangerously fast heartbeat.

“The federal government has established specific requirements applicable to Biotronik’s lead wire," the judge said....
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DESAI et al v. SORIN GROUP-ELA MEDICAL, INC. et al


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2:12-cv-02995

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New Jersey

Nature of Suit

Personal Injury: Health Care/Pharmaceutical Personal Injury Product Liability

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William H. Walls

Date Filed

May 18, 2012

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