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Supreme Court hears jury selection, FDA regulation cases

 Comment: Prosecutor in Louisiana death penalty case disregarded defendant's rights

The Court also heard arguments [transcript, PDF] in Riegel v. Medtronic [SCOTUSwiki backgrounder; merit briefs],06-179, [docket; cert. petition], where it considered whether Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] regulation of medical devices protects manufacturers such as Medtronic, Inc. [corporate website] from state product liability lawsuits. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a damages claim by a man injured by a Medtronic device was preempted by the device's FDA approval [opinion, PDF].

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