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St. Jude Defibrillator Replacement Cost Class Action


St. Jude Medical Inc. and Abbott Laboratories


United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division

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St. Jude Defibrillator Replacement Cost Class Action

Tousley Brain Stephens and DiCello Levitt & Casey is investigating a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of third party insurance payors against St. Jude Medical, Inc. and its parent company Abbott Laboratories, related to the manufacture, sale and distribution of defective Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) devices. The medical products in question, which provide pacing therapy to support slow heart rhythms and electrical shock or pacing therapy to treat fast heart rhythms, were officially recalled on October 10, 2016 due to defects related to lithium-based battery depletion.

Several models of ICDs and CRT-Ds are at issue in the case, including the Fortify™, Fortify Assura™, Quadra Assura™, Unify™, Unify Assura™ and Unify Quadra™ models.  The defect, which ultimately led to the product recall, is caused by deposits of lithium known as “lithium clusters,” which can form within the battery and create abnormal electrical connections that cause the battery to short circuit, leading to rapid battery failure. The complaint alleges that, despite having knowledge of this substantial defect, defendants failed to adequately report and disclose the risk posed by ICDs and CRT-Ds, including to the FDA, the entity which initially approved the devices.

Health insurance payors who have issued payments related to St. Jude ICDs and CRT-Ds should contact us to determine their legal rights and learn more about the case.

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