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A pre-trial settlement was reached in a case against Lina Medical ApS in connection with a power morcellator used to perform a hysterectomy. A widower brought the claim in federal court, alleging that the power morcellator facilitated the spread of a rare form of uterine cancer throughout his wife. She died in 2013, after having a hysterectomy in 2012 where a power morcellator was used. The claim was brought in March of 2014.
In April, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public alert which discouraged doctors from using this product in surgeries due to the increased risk of facilitating the spread and development of uterine cancers. In November, 2014, the FDA updated this alert to a warning which stated the device should not be used in the majority of instances when women undergo this type of surgery.
This settlement stands as good news for claimants in over 20 other cases spread throughout federal district courts across the country, in which similar claims are being brought.
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