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Mentor Prevails in Calif. Federal MemoryGel Breast Implant Case

LOS ANGELES — Claims asserted against Mentor Worldwide LLC in connection with its silicone breast implants are preempted by federal law because plaintiffs failed to specify what federal regulation Mentor violated in its development of the implant, a California federal judge has ruled.

In an Aug. 1 order, Judge Andre Birotte Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California also dismissed manufacturer NuSil Technology LLC from the action, ruling that it was fraudulently joined because it did not manufacture any components of the implant.

Nicole Vieira and Emilia Barozzi Mentor sued Mentor and NuSil Technology LLC, ...

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