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Goldman Ismail Prevails on Summary Judgment in California State Court for Medtronic

March 2016

On March 3, a California state court in Ventura County granted Medtronic’s motion for summary judgment dismissing all of plaintiff’s product liability and wrongful death claims. Plaintiff had claimed that Medtronic’s NIM nerve-monitoring tube substantially contributed to the plaintiff’s mother’s death. However, after approximately eighteen months of discovery, the Court found that the plaintiff’s expert was not competent to render opinions on medical causation and, as a consequence, that the plaintiff could not meet her burden of proof. The Court’s ruling resulted in a complete victory for Medtronic. Representing Medtronic from Goldman Ismail were Alan Littmann, Jennifer Greenblatt, and Julie Cantor.