August 25, 2017 / 9:56 PM / in 10 months

U.S. judge tosses lawsuit over defective birth control implant

A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Maine statute that barred a woman from suing Merck & Co Inc over a contraceptive implant she claimed was defective because it failed to prevent a pregnancy that led to her son’s 2014 birth.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby in Portland, Maine, on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit by Kayla Doherty after finding that a state law barring recovery of damages for the birth of a healthy child was not unconstitutional.

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