Trump's Supreme Court nominee advocates legal protection for devicemakers

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, believes federal law should protect device companies from lawsuits filed by patients injured by their devices, reports StarTribune.

4. Mr. Gorsuch's decision means device companies can earn FDA approval for an easily documented, yet limited use of a device, while holding "virtual immunity" for all untested and potentially harmful off-label uses of the device, according to John Dornik, an attorney at Siegel Brill and professor of product liability at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

"Once they get FDA approval, they get to escape any lawsuit for anything that states like Minnesota would hold them accountable for," Mr. Dornik told StarTribune.

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