Riegel v. Medtronic: A Win For Medical Technology

Law360, New York (March 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Medical device manufacturers scored a major victory against product liability lawsuits as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Riegel v. Medtronic.

The court held that manufacturers of medical devices approved under the Food and Drug Administration’s pre-market approval (PMA) process cannot be sued under state law theories of product liability.

At the heart of this ruling was a federal statutory provision prohibiting states from imposing requirements "different from, or in addition to" existing federal requirements applicable to medical devices.

The court’s decision...
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