St. Jude Riata Lead Litigation Update: Minnesota and California Judges Allowing Plaintiffs to Amend Complaints

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The law firm McSweeney / Langevin is investigating legal claims on behalf of individuals allegedly harmed by St. Jude Medical's Riata Leads.

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These cases are just as taxing mentally as they are physically. Removing the leads is painful, expensive and dangerous. On the other hand, keeping a recalled lead could result in painful shocks, serious injury or death

Riata lead injury lawsuits involving St. Jude Medical's Riata leads are currently being investigated by the law firm McSweeney / Langevin. There are numerous lawsuits involving St. Jude Riata leads filed in Minnesota (0:12-cv-01717-PJS-JSM) and California (8:13-cv-00383-JVS-AN) and the number is rising. Earlier this year, the Honorable Jamie Mayeron of the US Dist. Crt. of MN signed an order regarding plaintiffs' request to amend the original complaint to conform with facts learned during discovery. (Doc. 95 12-cv-01717). Shortly thereafter, the Honorable James V. Selna of the US Dist. Crt. of CA signed an order allowing the filing of of plaintiffs' first emended complaint and request for jury trial. (Doc. 48 8:13-cv-00383)

St. Jude Riata Leads were recalled December 14, 2011 as part of a FDA Class I Recall. According to the FDA, medical advisers noted a higher-than-normal rate of insulation failure, called externalization. Affected model numbers include the Riata (8F) Silicone Endocardial Defibrillation Leads (Models 1560, 1561, 1562, 1570, 1571, 1572, 1580, 1581, 1582, 1590, 1591, and 1592), and the Riata ST (7Fr) Silicone Endocardial Defibrillation Leads (Models 7000, 7001, 7002, 7010, 7011, 7040, 7041, and 7042). A Class I Recall is the most serious level of recall and is defined as: a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, a product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

Attorneys at the law firm McSweeney / Langevin are currently offering individuals free legal advice concerning the rights of individuals affected by Riata Leads. McSweeney / Langevin can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-888-4425.

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