Medtronic 'Denies Reality' In Pacemaker Case: Judge

Law360, New York (December 8, 2009, 3:43 PM EST) -- A federal judge has rejected Medtronic Inc.'s motion to dismiss a proposed class action by third-party payors who are seeking reimbursement for the costs of replacing faulty pacemaker defibrillators, saying the device maker's claim that it bears no responsibility “denies reality.”

In a ruling Friday, Judge James Rosenbaum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota said that because the U.S. health care system requires third-party payors — including employers and health insurers — to cover the majority of costs incurred in providing medical...
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