STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

La. Federal Judge Dismisses Medtronic Cardiac Stent Action as Preempted

MONROE, La. — A Louisiana federal judge has dismissed a cardiac stent action, ruling that the claims are preempted by federal law because the plaintiffs failed to specify any state law claims based on violations of Food and Drug Administration regulations.

However, in the Dec. 19 order, Magistrate Judge Joseph Perez-Montes of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana gave the plaintiffs another opportunity to amend their complaint to cure the pleading defects.

Wiley Ezell alleged he was admitted to the hospital for a “left main to ramus percutaneous coronary intervention with Medtronic’s drug-eluting Resolute Integrity Stent. ...

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