High Court Limits Device Liability With Medtronic

Law360, New York (February 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a big win for the medical device industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that a company cannot be sued under state law if a device that has undergone the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's premarket approval process causes an injury.

The decision in Riegel v. Medtronic could cut the number of such lawsuits brought by plaintiffs attorneys and even increase investments in companies like Medtronic Inc., said a mass tort attorney Wednesday. The ruling also may give hints as to how the high...
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