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Copyright 2008 by Northwestern University School of Law Vol. 102 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 415 WHAT RIEGEL PORTENDS FOR FDA PREEMPTION OF STATE LAW PRODUCTS LIABILITY CLAIMS Catherine M. Sharkey* INTRODUCTION: PREEMPTION CASES IN SEARCH OF A FRAMEWORK In Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal statute governing regulation of medical devices expressly preempts, or dis-places, state tort law claims when a device has received FDA premarket ap-proval.1...

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