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Abbott Facing $9.9 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over St Jude Cardiac Defibrillators



Chicago, IL: Abbott and its subsidiary, St. Jude Medical, are facing a defective products class action lawsuit over allegations the companies were aware of a battery-depletion defect in some of its cardiac defibrillators, as early as 2011. However, the lawsuit asserts, the defendants failed to adequately report the risk and waited almost five years before issuing the recall.

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St Jude Defibrillator Recall

In the October 2016 defibrillator recall, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and St. Jude state they had received reports “of rapid battery failure caused by deposits of lithium (known as “lithium clusters”), forming within the battery, and causing a short circuit. If the battery unexpectedly runs out before the patient is aware of the rapid battery drain and able to have it replaced, the ICD or CRT-D will be unable to deliver life-saving pacing or shocks, which could lead to patient death.”

The lawsuit was filed September 18, 2017 in northern Illinois and centers on several ICD and CRT-D device models powered by lithium-based batteries, including the Fortify, Fortify Assura, Quadra Assura, Unify, Unify Assura, and Unify Quadra.

"On November 11 and 12, 2014, St Jude Medical's management review and medical advisory boards were given two separate presentations on premature battery depletion," the complaint alleges. "During these meetings, St Jude failed to tell its own boards about the full scope of the battery issue, presented false or incomplete evidence of the defect, and concealed from the boards evidence of a known death related to this battery defect, stating instead that there were no serious injuries or deaths directly related to lithium cluster bridging."

Filed on behalf of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 Health Benefits Trust and a collection of other third-party payers, the plaintiffs are seeking $9,999,000 in damages and medical costs related to their coverage of the defective implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) devices from 2011 to the 2016 recall.

Plaintiffs are represented by Adam Levitt of DiCello Levitt & Casey and Kim Stephens of Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC.

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ST JUDE CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Canadian Class Action Launched Against Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators
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Toronto, ON: Imagine the panic one might feel when told the defibrillator relied upon to help keep you alive, could fail at any time and with little warning. In reality, that circumstance is one Canadian lawsuit plaintiff Shirley Houle didn’t have to imagine. Amongst the St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits, is a Canadian class action launched this past May [READ MORE]

Alaskan Health Insurer Sues Abbott / St. Jude over Defective ICD Batteries
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December 24, 2017
Chicago, IL: Chicago may be far removed from Alaska geographically, but Illinois serves as home base for a proposed St. Jude class action lawsuit brought by an Alaskan union-benefits fund against St. Jude manufacturer Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) [READ MORE]

Some Heart Patients with St. Jude Battery are Ticked Off
Some Heart Patients with St. Jude Battery are Ticked Off
December 19, 2017
Modesto, CA: As if it isn’t bad enough that St Jude Medical allegedly failed to properly report the risk of early battery-depletion and two deaths that finally led to a recall, some heart patients were never informed of the recall. And now, knowing that your defibrillator could fail at any time exacerbates problems that heart patients are already dealing with, from risk of infection to emotional and financial issues [READ MORE]



READER COMMENTS

Posted by
Delores Decker
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I can remember having problems and went in to see the doctor who place the device in my chest 2011. After checking me out I had to get the device replace on March 15, 2017. He also stated that their was a recall for devices. I wondering will I be eligible to participate in the lawsuit.

Posted by
Michelle Eastman
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I had this difficulty to replaced in November last year however I didn't have any issues with it it was just the fear from the time I received a letter saying it had been recalled until they could get me in to remove it. Will we be eligible to participate in the lawsuit?

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