Lawyers and Settlements
HOME CURRENT LEGAL TOPICS LEGAL NEWS POTENTIAL LAWSUITS LAWSUITS FILED SETTLEMENTS STATE LAW BLOG
Advertisement
Share this: 
Home Page >> Lawsuits Filed >> Lawsuit: Defective St Jude Cardiac Defibrillators Class Action Lawsuit

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

Were you looking for Premature Insulation Failure in Recalled St. Jude Medical Riata Defibrillator (ICD) Leads or St. Jude Medical Heart Device lawsuits?


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.

FREE CASE EVALUATION

Send your St Jude Cardiac Defibrillators claim to a lawyer who will review your claim at NO COST or obligation.Get Legal Help Now

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.

Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered similar damages or injuries, please fill in our form and your complaint will be sent to a consumer frauds lawyer who may evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.
Please click here for a free evaluation of your St Jude Cardiac Defibrillators claim

Last updated on

ST JUDE CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

The Fix is In for St. Jude Defective Batteries, But Is it Enough?
The Fix is In for St. Jude Defective Batteries, But Is it Enough?
November 9, 2017
Washington, DC: The announcement last month of a new software tool capable of alerting patients with defective St. Jude cardiac defibrillators when a battery is in danger of failing prematurely may be too little, too late for patients who have suffered adverse events when defective defibrillator batteries failed too soon. Many have filed St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits over the issue [READ MORE]

Heart Patient Fears for Her Life Living with Recalled St. Jude Pacemaker
Heart Patient Fears for Her Life Living with Recalled St. Jude Pacemaker
November 1, 2017
Chino, CA: When Marisa received an “Important Medical Device Advisory” letter from St. Jude Medical announcing that her implantable cardiac defibrillator may contain batteries that could run out sooner than expected, she was concerned, to say the least. Since she was 12 years old, Marisa, age 31, has depended upon a pacemaker to keep her alive [READ MORE]

Criticism for Both St. Jude Medical and FDA over Defective St. Jude ICD Batteries
Criticism for Both St. Jude Medical and FDA over Defective St. Jude ICD Batteries
October 20, 2017
Washington, DC: A troubling report that ran in The New York Times back in April shed a dark shadow on defective St. Jude cardiac defibrillators and the batteries that powered them. St Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits have alleged further than the original manufacturer of the medical devices, St. Jude Medical, downplayed reports of device failure for years. And it’s not just St. Jude lawsuit plaintiffs making that allegation; so too, is the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to The New York Times (04/13/17) [READ MORE]


READ MORE [ St Jude Heart Valve Settlements and Legal News ]
READ MORE [ Consumer Fraud Settlements and Legal News ]
READ MORE [ Defective Products Settlements and Legal News ]
READ MORE [ Drugs/Medical Settlements and Legal News ]
READ MORE [ Personal Injury Settlements and Legal News ]

READER COMMENTS

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?

Posted by Michelle Eastman on

ADD YOUR COMMENT ON THIS ISSUE

Fields marked * are mandatory. Please read our comment guidelines before posting.

*Name:

Note: Your name will be published with your comment.

*Email Address:

Your email will only be used if a response is needed.

*Your Comment:

Are you the defendant or a subject matter expert on this topic with an opposing viewpoint? We'd love to hear your comments here as well, or if you'd like to contact us for an interview please submit your details here.
Share this: 
Request Legal HelpCheck Claim StatusAdvertise With UsLegal Funding Center
FAQ | TOS | Privacy | Disclaimer | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise

View Desktop Website

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License © 2001-2017 Online Legal Media. All rights reserved.