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Pa. Federal Judge Allows Plaintiffs to File Amended Complaint in Covidien Hernia Mesh Case

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania federal judge has allowed the plaintiffs in a Parietex hernia mesh case to amend their claims against Covidien to plead facts supporting their position that the statutes of limitations were tolled via the discovery rule.

In an Oct. 26 order, Judge Yvette Kane of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania explained that “additional facts that would be useful to a determination of when the applicable limitations periods began, and whether Plaintiffs exercised reasonable diligence.”

Ronald Soutner was implanted with Covidien’s Parietex ProGrip Mesh during a Dec. 20, 2011, hernia repair procedure. ...

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