STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Contaminated Olympus Scope Lawsuit to Proceed in Colo. Federal Court

DENVER — A Colorado federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking damages for injuries caused by an allegedly contaminated duodenoscope, ruling that jurisdiction exists over Olympus Medical Systems Corp. because it had sufficient contacts with the state.

In a June 5 order, Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado also held that the plaintiff adequately pled her claims of strict liability, negligence, and misrepresentation.

In January 2016, Kathleen Lynch underwent an endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) procedure at UCH Hospital, during which an allegedly contaminated Olympus Q180V Duodenoscope was used. Following ...

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