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Ore. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Involving Orthofix’s Cervical Plating System

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a spinal implant manufacturer of providing a surgeon with inaccurate information concerning removal of the device, ruling that the plaintiff’s evidence constitutes inadmissible hearsay.

In a Feb. 14 order, Judge Michael H. Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon explained that the surgeon’s notes and testimony are inadmissible because he cannot identify who provided the allegedly false information concerning the tools needed to remove Orthofix Inc.’s device.

Angela Parker underwent surgery in 2013 to decompress and fuse vertebrae in her neck to relieve her ...

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