The plaintiffs in 4 product liability lawsuits filed over Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci surgical robot were denied a motion to have their cases and any future suits against the medical device company combined into a multi-district litigation.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied the plaintiffs' request, unconvinced that "centralization would serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses or further the just and efficient conduct of this litigation," according to court documents.
The product liability lawsuits allege that the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company was negligent in its construction and sale of the da Vinci surgical robot. Three of the patients claim they were injured during hysterectomy procedures using the device; 1 later died. The 4th was undergoing a da Vinci thyroid procedure when the machine allegedly malfunctioned.