Faulty Defibrillator Lawsuit
St. Jude Cannot Dodge Faulty Defibrillator Lawsuit
August 28, 2017
A federal judge in California has ruled that St. Jude Medical must stand trial for a lawsuit in which a man alleges that the wires on his now-recalled Riata defibrillator shocked him multiple times while he slept.
St. Jude had attempted to get the case dismissed.
Richard Connelly, the plaintiff, alleges that the wires on the Riata defibrillator are defective in five ways, and that the device is thus in violation of premarket requirements. St. Jude had argued that those requirements did not exist at the time of the device’s marketing, but that argument was shot down.
A court in New York had ruled in a similar case that St. Jude was subject to “premarket requirements” laws so long as the plaintiff can show sufficient factual evidence to support a case – and Connelly’s evidence has been deemed sufficiently factual.
Connelly says that the defibrillator caused “irreparable harm to his heart, body, and mind.” He required surgery to remove the faulty wires. He maintains that St. Jude knew about the defect.
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