St. Jude Defibrillator Wires Had Fatal Defects, Suits Say

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT) -- Medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc. was hit Thursday by a number of suits in California state and federal courts by plaintiffs who say defects in the now-recalled Riata defibrillator wires led to injuries or deaths.

Patients implanted with the Riata wires, known as leads, filed liability and negligence claims in state and federal courts in Los Angeles. They say the St. Paul, Minn.-based device maker manufactured the leads in violation of requirements devices must meet to win U.S. Food and Drug Administration premarket approval....
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