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HEART VALVE'S NOISY CLICKING IS COMPENSABLE DEFECT

 NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., today released the following:
 A mechanical heart valve that makes a loud clicking noise that can be heard as far as 30 feet away does give a Pennsylvania man the right to ask a jury to award him damages, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday, overturning an earlier federal court decision (Bravman v. Baxter Healthcare Corp.).
 Aaron Bravman, who underwent surgery for the replacement of his natural mitral heart valve with a mechanical Edwards-Duromedics heart valve, manufactured by Baxter, had claimed that while the valve functioned as intended in regulating the flow of blood through his heart, it was inordinately loud. The Court held that Bravman had presented sufficient evidence showing that Baxter knew that the valve tended to be noisier than other brands of mechanical heart valves. The Court also found support for Mr. Bravman's claim that his Edwards- Duromedics valve makes an unacceptable amount of noise.
 Mr. Bravman claims that he can never escape being aware of his valve's clicking sounds, noises and vibrations, which have made him despondent and unable to sleep or concentrate. A former investmentner at the New York law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., "The fact that a product may save lives doesn't justify suppression of information about the product's side effects that affect the quality of life. We will finally be able to tell a jury the full story about the Edwards- Duromedics valve, and about Baxter's attempt to keep evidence of the valve's excessive noise problems from the medical community and the public."
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 /CONTACT: Joshua Paul of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, 212-503-6229; or Lorraine Spenser of Donley Communications, 212-751-6126, for Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman/
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