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Learned Intermediary Doctrine.

Byline: Derek Hawkins

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Case Name: Zimmer, NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Case No.: 16-3957 Officials: FLAUM, EASTERBROOK, and SYKES, Circuit Judges. Focus: Learned Intermediary Doctrine Theodore Joas underwent a total knee replacement at a Wisconsin hospital and received a Zimmer NexGen Flex knee implant. Within a few years, he began experiencing pain in his new knee. X-rays confirmed that the implant had loosened and required a surgical fix. Joas brought a panoply of claims against Zimmer, Inc., the implant manufacturer. His case was transferred to a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois, where it was eventually treated as a bellwether case. Applying Wisconsin law, the presiding judge entered summary judgment for Zimmer. Joas asks us to reinstate a single claim based on a theory of inadequate warning. His appeal raises some unresolved issues in Wisconsin product-liability lawmost notably, the application of the learned intermediary doctrine, which the Wisconsin Supreme Court has not yet had an opportunity to address. We predict that the state high court would follow the lead of other states and adopt this doctrine. We affirm the judgment. Affirmed Full Text [box type="shadow" ] Attorney Derek A. Hawkins is the managing partner at Hawkins Law Offices LLC, where he heads up the firm's startup law practice. He specializes in business formation, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, private equity and venture capital funding and mergers & acquisitions. Check out the website at www.hawkins-lawoffices.com or contact them at 262-737-8825.[/box]

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Publication:Wisconsin Law Journal
Geographic Code:1U3WI
Date:Mar 19, 2018
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