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November 22, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court, limiting foreign access to California courtrooms, ruled Thursday that the maker of a defective heart valve blamed for about 250 deaths cannot be sued in this state by the survivors of two alleged victims from Scandinavia. The justices unanimously upheld lower court rulings that required the two families to return to courts in Sweden and Norway to pursue damage suits against Shiley Inc. of Irvine. The decision came as a victory for a coalition of business groups, which backed Shiley in the case and warned that California firms would be at a competitive disadvantage if forced to defend suits here for injuries occurring in another country.
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August 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Donald P. Shiley, who was the co-inventor of an artificial valve that revolutionized heart surgery and who later used his fortune to support medical research, the arts and education, has died. He was 90. Shiley died July 31 in San Diego after several years of failing health, including the eye disorder macular degeneration. Shiley donated tens of millions of dollars to San Diego's blue-chip institutions: the Old Globe Theatre, UC San Diego, KPBS public radio and television, Scripps Clinic and the University of San Diego.
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BUSINESS
March 12, 1987
Pfizer Inc. said its Shiley Inc. subsidiary has received a $53.1-million payment stemming from an eight-year-old patent infringement suit it brought against Irvine-based Bentley Laboratories Inc. The payment followed a decision late last month by the U.S. Supreme Court to deny an appeal by Bentley.
BUSINESS
October 3, 1995 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a Philadelphia woman to sue Pfizer Inc. and its Irvine-based unit, Shiley Inc., over a heart valve that she had removed. The court's decision is likely to prompt others to proceed with efforts to recover more than they could have received through a class-action settlement with the two companies, attorneys said.
NEWS
December 1, 1985 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Medical Writer
At least 147 times in the last eight years, a small metal strut has cracked or broken in a mechanical heart valve made by Shiley Inc. of Irvine and implanted in 84,600 patients worldwide. In 65% of the cases when this happened, the patients have died. When the strut breaks, the valve stops working, impairing the flow of blood out of the heart. Unless immediate surgery is performed to replace the valve, the patient is unlikely to survive more than a few hours.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Friday took under consideration a proposal to establish a $205-million fund to compensate recipients of potentially defective Shiley heart valves. Attorneys for Shiley Inc., the Irvine-based manufacturer of the device, and its parent company, Pfizer Inc. in New York, outlined the offer before U.S. District Judge S.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1992
A federal judge in Cincinnati resumed hearings Monday on the fairness of a proposal to establish a $205-million fund to compensate recipients of potentially defective Shiley heart valves. Under the plan, Shiley Inc. in Irvine and its parent company, Pfizer Inc. in New York, would pay $75 million for research and valve replacement surgery and an additional $80 million to $130 million for physician consultations and anxiety-related medical expenses.
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September 1, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for a woman suing the maker of a potentially defective artificial heart valve said late Tuesday--just hours before the jury was set to begin deliberations--that they were working on a last-minute, out-of-court settlement. Officials of Shiley Inc., however, denied that a settlement was imminent. Lawyers for Ruth Barillas, 54, of La Mesa in San Diego County, have accused Irvine-based Shiley Inc. and its parent company, Pfizer Inc.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1991 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pfizer Inc. said Friday that it is selling most of the product lines of its trouble-plagued Shiley Inc. heart-valve manufacturing subsidiary to an Italian company for an undisclosed price. Shiley's line of cardiovascular products will be sold to the FIAT Group, a diversified industrial company based in Milan with $2 billion in annual revenue. It is not related to the car company. Pfizer, based in New York, expects the deal to close in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Donald P. Shiley, who was the co-inventor of an artificial valve that revolutionized heart surgery and who later used his fortune to support medical research, the arts and education, has died. He was 90. Shiley died July 31 in San Diego after several years of failing health, including the eye disorder macular degeneration. Shiley donated tens of millions of dollars to San Diego's blue-chip institutions: the Old Globe Theatre, UC San Diego, KPBS public radio and television, Scripps Clinic and the University of San Diego.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1994
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the dismissal of an appeal that would have challenged a $215-million court settlement reached two years ago in the Shiley heart valve case. The decision clears the way for payments to more than 50,000 recipients of potentially defective heart valves made by Irvine-based Shiley, a unit of Pfizer Inc. in New York. The settlement, reached in U.S.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1994 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heart-valve maker Shiley Inc. and its parent, Pfizer Inc., have agreed to pay the federal government $10.75 million to settle accusations that they made false claims about the potentially fatal artificial valves it manufactured from 1979 to 1986.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County judge Thursday accepted an eleventh-hour settlement between Shiley Inc. and 256 recipients of a potentially fatal artificial heart valve once manufactured by the Irvine company. The Wednesday night out-of-court settlement in the cases of Ruth Barillas, 54, of La Mesa, Calif.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Legal observers closely following the trial of a San Diego woman who challenged the Irvine maker of a potentially fatal artificial heart valve criticized the outcome but expressed hope that it would have a bearing on future cases--even though the five-week trial was cut short before a jury could deliberate. Ruth Barillas, 54, of La Mesa was among 256 heart valve recipients who unexpectedly settled out of court Wednesday night with onetime heart valve manufacturer Shiley Inc.
NEWS
September 2, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heart valve manufacturer Shiley Inc., defending itself against accusations that it lied to federal regulators, struck an eleventh-hour settlement late Wednesday with 259 heart valve recipients, including the San Diego County woman who took the company to trial. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
NEWS
September 1, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for a woman suing the maker of a potentially defective artificial heart valve said late Tuesday--just hours before the jury was set to begin deliberations--that they were working on a last-minute, out-of-court settlement. Officials of Shiley Inc., however, denied that a settlement was imminent. Lawyers for Ruth Barillas, 54, of La Mesa in San Diego County, have accused Irvine-based Shiley Inc. and its parent company, Pfizer Inc.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1990 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A consumer group asked the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to order Irvine-based Shiley Inc. to warn recipients of two of its mechanical heart valves that the devices are potentially defective. Public Citizen, a Washington-based organization affiliated with Ralph Nader, said the notices should go to an estimated 56,000 people with heart valves manufactured by Shiley, a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.
BUSINESS
February 29, 1992
Pfizer Inc. said Friday that it has completed the sale of most of the product lines of its Shiley Inc. heart valve manufacturing unit to Italy's Sorin Biomedica S.p.A., a unit of the Fiat Group. The product lines, which include cardiovascular and blood-handling devices, were sold for $230 million in cash. Sorin also agreed to assume about $20 million in financial obligations associated with the products.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former employees at Shiley Inc., the onetime Irvine medical device manufacturer, said the company recycled thousands of poorly manufactured artificial heart valves--and altered their serial numbers--to save money. "After Pfizer took over the company (in 1979), things changed and it seemed that the company's efforts were concentrated strictly on more production and not quality control," wrote former Shiley welder Wayne Runnells in a November, 1990, affidavit obtained by The Times.
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