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Medtronic MDL Judge Refuses Recusal

Law360 (March 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation involving Medtronic Inc.’s Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads has refused to recuse himself from the proceedings despite allegations by the plaintiffs’ attorneys that he failed to disclose that his son works for a law firm with Medtronic connections.

In an opinion and order handed down Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judge Richard H. Kyle denied the plaintiffs’ motion for recusal, ruling that it has never been a secret that his son is a shareholder for...
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