11th Cir. Reinstates Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Lawsuit Against St. Jude Medical

  • Opinion, Dissent

ATLANTA — A federal appeals panel has reinstated a lawsuit targeting a St. Jude Medical Inc. implantable cardiac defibrillator, ruling that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that the defendants’ violations of federal regulations caused her husband’s device to fail.

In a Dec. 23 opinion, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel majority concluded that the plaintiff adequately alleged her strict liability and negligent manufacturing defect claims under Georgia law.

Milton Sharp had a heart condition known as tachycardia and relied upon a St. Jude ICD — a Class III device — to monitor and regulate his heart rate. The device …


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