Shiley Heart Valve Litigation

Robins Kaplan attorneys represented individuals who had received defective artificial heart valves manufactured by Shiley Incorporated, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc. Our team established a cause of action for emotional distress damages under California law for clients implanted with the defective valve who had not yet experienced valve failure.

We negotiated a settlement for more than 300 prefracture claimants, domestic and foreign, preserving the right of these clients to bring a subsequent claim if the valve failed in the future. The firm has also represented more than 35 individual claimants in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of the failure of the heart valves.

Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.

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