Medical Device Ruling Will Have Broad Impact

Law360, New York (April 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In an opinion with potentially far-reaching consequences for plaintiffs seeking to obtain class certification in actions alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and in actions seeking medical monitoring, the Eighth Circuit has reversed certification of a nationwide class of uninjured medical device recipients. In re St. Jude Med. Inc., _F.3d _, 2008 WL 942274 (8th Cir., Apr. 9, 2008).

In St. Jude, a putative nationwide class of individuals who received prosthetic heart valves made by St. Jude alleged that the company violated several Minnesota consumer...
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