Medical Device Case Leads to Ground-Breaking U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Lohr v. Medtronic
Our client, Laura Lohr, was a young woman implaanted with a pacemaker manufactured by Medtronic. The device failed to operate properly and although Laura called Medtronic's 800 number, she received no response or assistance. The claim that ensued from the failure of what was marketed as a life-saving product became the contentious and well-documented case, "Lohr v. Medtronic." Medtronic's attorneys took the position that because the product was FDA-approved, the manufacturer could not be held liable for damages arising out of its failure to operate as specified. Arguing that defense's motion constituted "preemption" and was unjust, Bob Spohrer won the right to take the case to trial. The decision was appealaed, and ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled that defective FDA-approved products are not immune from liability and prosecution in the civil justice system. Bob and his team reached a confidential settlement with MEdtronic that provided fair compensation for our client's damages and medical needs.