US Sues Guidant Over Defective Defibrillators

Law360, New York (January 27, 2011, 7:57 PM EST) -- The U.S. has intervened in a False Claims Act suit accusing Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries of selling defective cardiac implants knowingly to Medicare patients, on the heels of Guidant's guilty plea to related criminal charges.

Guidant knowingly submitted about 2,000 fraudulent claims for payment to Medicare for the implantation of defective Prizm 2 and Renewal devices, according to a U.S. Department of Justice complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The devices in the suit are implantable...
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