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Calif. Federal Judge Dismisses Covidien Hernia Patch Action as Time-Barred

SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge has dismissed without prejudice claims that Covidien LP failed to warn of the numerous side effects associated with its Parietex hernia mesh product, ruling that they are time-barred as pled.

In a June 7 order, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found the plaintiff failed to specify how the limitations period was tolled by defendants’ conduct.

Kim Johnston underwent laparoscopic ventral parastomal hernia repair surgery in July 2011, during which she was implanted with Covidien’s Parietex Parastomal Mesh. Following the surgery, Johnston developed a skin ...

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