A New York state judge has ruled that the maker and distributor of surgical equipment cannot copy the hard drive of a Long Island man’s personal computer to determine if the man and his now-deceased wife reviewed the company’s website prior to the use of their product in her fatal back surgery.

In denying the discovery request, Supreme Court Justice Karen V. Murphy in Nassau County pointed to potential violations of attorney-client privilege and questioned if the requested material was "material and necessary."

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