St. Jude Can't Shake Defective Defibrillator Suits

By Kat Greene (January 24, 2014, 6:01 PM EST) -- St. Jude Medical Inc. lost a bid Wednesday to ditch claims against it over an allegedly defective defibrillator device that was electrically shocking patients, after a California federal judge ruled the company should have properly alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the defect.

A group of plaintiffs allege in a series of lawsuits that St. Jude concealed or failed to alert the FDA during an inspection that the insulation on the device's wires was wearing off, exposing the wires to patients' body fluids and triggering electric shocks.

St. Jude moved to eradicate the plaintiffs' products liability claims that the...

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