Judge Tosses Medtronic MDL On Preemption Grounds

Law360, New York (January 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a sweeping victory for Medtronic Inc. that is being closely followed by the entire medical device industry, a federal judge has tossed out all 21 claims in the multidistrict litigation involving the company's Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads.

Judge Richard H. Kyle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on Monday dismissed with prejudice the master consolidated complaint for individuals and the master consolidated complaint for third-party payors on the grounds that they were preempted by the medical device amendments to the Federal...
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