Gov't Can Depose Guidant Workers In $726M FCA Suit: Judge

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 4:27 PM EST) -- A Minnesota federal judge Tuesday handed the federal government a procedural victory in a whistleblower’s $726 million False Claims Act suit against Boston Scientific Corp. unit Guidant LLC, ruling that company employees can be deposed regarding testing and design of allegedly faulty cardiac implants.

The order from U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan granted the government’s request for testimony about a 2004 design change that Guidant, allegedly aware its Renewal cardioverter defibrillators were defective, made to prevent short-circuiting.

In addition, Judge Boylan decided that government...
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