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Supreme Court Reinstates Victory for Victims of Medical Device

August 21, 2014

In a victory for patients who have sued Medtronic for injuries caused by its INFUSE bone-graft medical device, the California Supreme Court on August 20 dismissed review in Coleman v. Medtronic, Inc. and ordered the Court of Appeal’s opinion republished.  Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal had ruled that a number of product liability claims against Medtronic were not preempted by federal law.  The Supreme Court initially granted review, but Martin later filed a motion to dismiss review and republish the Court of Appeal’s opinion.  By doing just that, the Supreme Court has reinstated the Court of Appeal’s opinion as a citeable decision with precedential value.