St. Jude Defibrillator Leads Class Action

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A class action lawsuit brought by Harris Moure and Philips Law Group is now pending in federal court against St. Jude Medical for an allegedly defective "Riata" defibrillator lead.

On November 22, 2013, United States District Judge Robert Lasnik rejected multiple arguments by St. Jude Medical seeking to dismiss a class action complaint filed by Harris Moure and by Philips Law Group on April 12, 2012. The suit, case 2:13-cv-00661 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeks recovery for personal injuries to the named plaintiff, Mr. K. Sean O’Neil, who claims to have suffered undue electrical shocks from a allegedlydefective St. Jude Riata lead that had to be surgically replaced, and seeks economic damages on behalf of a proposed class of patients with St. Jude defibrillators who have had allegedly defective Riata or Riata ST leads implanted in their hearts.

The lawsuit relates to the following Riata leads, all of which are subject to the November 28, 2011 FDA Class I recall: Riata (8Fr): 1560, 1561, 1562, 1570, 1571, 1572, 1580, 1581, 1582, 1590, 1591, 1592; and Riata (7Fr): 7000, 7001, 7002, 7010, 7011, 7040, 7041, 7042.

In its December 2011 story on the recall, The New York Times explained that "[t]he wires inside some leads can penetrate the insulation, compromising the device’s integrity. The devices may inappropriately shock some patients and fail to deliver necessary therapy to others." It also noted an estimated 79,000 people already had one of these cardiac leads implanted.

If you have an implanted Riata lead mentioned above, please contact the Harris Moure law firm via email at firm(at)harrismoure(dot)com or by calling Kristen Keller at 206-224-5657.

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