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Medtronic SynchroMed II Pain Pump Case to Proceed in Ind. Federal Court

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An Indiana federal judge has refused to dismiss a SynchroMed II pain pump action, finding the plaintiff adequately alleged her injury was caused by a manufacturing defect in the device’s catheter and that Medtronic failed to report adverse events concerning the device to the FDA.

In a Sept. 25 order, Judge Jon DeGuilio of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana allowed the plaintiff’s claims of manufacturing defect and failure-to-warn claims to proceed, but dismissed the breach of warranty and negligent misrepresentation claims.

In 2000, Tami Fisk, who suffers from chronic back pain, ...

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