Dec. 3 - Public Citizen to U.S. Supreme Court: Consumers can hold device manufacturers responsible for faulty products

Federal Approval Does Not Protect Medtronic From Liability for Injuries

WHATAllison Zieve, an attorney for Public Citizen, will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that a pre-emption provision in the Medical Device Amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not bar individuals injured by medical devices from seeking damages under state law.

 New York resident Charles Riegel, now deceased, suffered a serious injury in 1996 when a balloon catheter made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. burst while he was undergoing an angioplasty. Riegel and his wife sued Medtronic for damages under state law. The company argued that it could not be held liable because its product received pre-market approval from the federal government. A district court, agreeing with Medtronic, dismissed the case, and a court of appeals affirmed. Public Citizen is representing Donna Riegel, on behalf of herself and the estate of her husband, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

WHEN: 10 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 4

WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court, One First St. NE, Washington, D.C.

WHOAllison Zieve, attorney for Public Citizen