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5,000 Bair Hugger lawsuits dismissed by Minnesota federal court

A Minnesota federal court has dismissed all lawsuits against the company’s Bair Hugger system, used to warm patients before, during and after surgery. The decision dismisses more than 5,000 lawsuits filed by plaintiffs’ attorneys, who claimed that the warming system was responsible for infections suffered by patients during surgery, according to a 3M news release. Those lawsuits were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in federal court in Minnesota. The federal decision in favor of 3M comes six months after the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a Minnesota state court order dismissing 61 similar cases filed by lawyers on behalf of Minnesota plaintiffs, 3M said.

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