California Court of Appeals – No Breach of Duty for Medical Device Representative in the Operating Room

The California Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s finding that the presence of a medical device manufacturer’s sale representative in an operating suite does not alone give rise to a duty of care to the patient.  Smith v. St. Jude Med., Inc., 217 Cal. App. 4th 313 (Cal. Ct. App. 2013).  The court also upheld the finding that the manufacturer’s sales representative was not a proximate cause of the injury. In Smith, a woman died following cardiac pacemaker surgery from a…
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Doctors Who Would Have Prescribed Drug Even With More Specific Warnings Defeats Proximate Cause

While August is still viewed as a quieter one in legal circles, last month saw an important decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division on the vexsome issue of proximate cause in pharmaceutical failure-to-warn cases.  The opinion involved the claims of three Florida residents who sued Hoffman-La Roche in New Jersey over the anti-acne drug Accutane, alleging that they had developed severe cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) after taking the drug and that the warnings as to the risks of IBD were insufficient.   Hoffman-La…
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