Class Action To Proceed Against St. Jude Medical

By Jesse Greenspan (October 17, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by more than 11,000 people who received one of St. Jude Medical Inc.'s allegedly defective Silzone heart valves.

Judge John R. Tunheim of the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis ruled Friday that the application of Minnesota law would be fair in this case, even for plaintiffs who reside out of state.

"It is difficult for the court to imagine how over 11,000 individual consumer fraud cases could be handled effectively against the defendant," he wrote. "It is equally difficult to try to apply the consumer protection statutes of the...

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