Sumpter et al v. Allergan, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER : IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion to dismiss of Carol R. Mischnick is GRANTED. [ECF No. 7 ] IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the claims against Carol R. Mischnick are dismissed. ( Carol R. Mischnick (M.D.) terminated.) Signed by District Judge Ronnie L. White on 12/06/2017. (KCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ROBIN M. SUMPTER and
ALLERGAN, INC., NUSIL TECHN. LLC,
and CAROL R. MISCHNICK,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on the unopposed motion of Carol R. Mischnick, M.D., to
dismiss the claims against her. [ECF No. 7] This motion shall be granted.
Plaintiff Robin Sumpter (Plaintiff) brought this action after allegedly suffering adverse
repercussions from the implantation of silicone gel-filled breast implants. She specifically
alleges that she changed her initial preference for saline implants based on the assurance of Dr.
Mischnick that the silicone implants were the better option. (Am. Compl. iii! 14-17, ECF No. 6.)
Because of her reliance on Dr. Mischnick and the resulting problems, Plaintiff has experienced
physical and emotional difficulties. (Id.
In Count V of her amended complaint,
Plaintiff seeks to hold Dr. Mischnick strictly liable for those difficulties. (Id. at 13-15.)
In Count VI, John Sumpter seeks to hold Dr. Mischnick and the two corporate defendants
for his loss of consortium. (Id. at 15.)
Dr. Mischnick moves to dismiss Count IV and the claims against her in Count V.
Plaintiffs have not opposed her motion.
A complaint must be dismissed under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for failure
to state a claim upon which relief can be granted if the complaint fails to plead "enough facts to
state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 554,
570 (2007) (abrogating the "no set of facts" standard set forth in Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41,
45-46 (1957)). The complaint must, however, be liberally construed in the light most favorable
to the plaintiff and the factual allegations must be accepted as true. See Id at 555; see also
Schaaf v. Residential Funding_Corp., 517 F.3d 544, 549 (8th Cir. 2008) (stating that in a motion
to dismiss, courts accept as true all factual allegations in the complaint); Eckert v. Titan Tire
Corp., 514 F.3d 801, 806 (8th Cir. 2008) (explaining that courts should liberally construe the
complaint in the light most favorable to the plaintiff). "Where the allegations show on the face
of the complaint there is some insuperable bar to relief, dismissal under Rule 12(b)( 6) is
appropriate." Benton v._Merrill Lynch & Co., 524 F.3d 866, 870 (8th Cir. 2008) (citation
Plaintiff's claims against Dr. Mischnick on a theory of strict liability are foreclosed by
the Missouri Supreme Court's holding in Budding v. SSM Healthcare Sys., 19 S.W.3d 678, 681
(Mo. 2000) (en bane). Construing the provisions of Mo.Rev.Stat.§ 538.205(4), the Court
determined that "that strict liability is not applicable to health care providers." Id Accordingly,
the claims against Dr. Mischnick must be dismissed.
Consequently, the claims of John Sumpter against her for loss of consortium must also be
dismissed. See Kamerick v. Dorman, 907 S.W.2d 264, 267 (Mo.Ct.App. 1995) (holding that a
"consortium claim is derivative from the injured spouse's claim and depends on the validity of
the underlying claim).
For the foregoing reasons,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion to dismiss of Carol R. Mischnick is
GRANTED. [ECF No. 7]
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the claims against Carol R. Mischnick are dismissed
day of December 2017.
RONNIE L. WHITE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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