LivaNova Escapes Suit Over Blood Temp Equipment

Law360, New York (September 29, 2016, 8:17 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge freed LivaNova PLC from a proposed class action alleging that a cooling system made by a subsidiary exposed patients to a bacteria during open heart surgery, saying Thursday that the court did not have jurisdiction over the parent company.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III rejected named plaintiffs Edward Baker and Jack Miller’s contention that there was a close relationship between U.K.-based LivaNova PLC and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH and Sorin Group USA Inc.— which made the equipment — and that the court had personal jurisdiction over LivaNova. The judge concluded that...

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