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Bard Hernia Repair Patch Action Timely, R.I. Judge Rules

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A hernia repair patch case is timely because the plaintiff has sufficiently alleged that the device’s manufacturers fraudulently concealed its defective nature from the plaintiff and her doctors, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.

On Jan. 7, Judge Alice Gibney of the Rhode Island Superior Court found the allegations against Davol Inc. and C.R. Bard Inc. were sufficient to toll the limitations period.

Regina Recine underwent surgery to repair a ventral hernia on May 12, 2008, and was implanted with a Ventralex hernia patch. Recine underwent a second surgery on Oct. 4, 2011, to remove a portion ...

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