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In re Medtronic, Inc. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation

Court: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Case No.:
0:05-MD-1726 or MDL No. 1726

Wexler Wallace filed suit and served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this case brought on behalf of third party payors and personal injury claimants incurring damages associated with Medtronic’s defective defibrillators.  Patients who suffered arrhythmias or were at high risk for developing arrhythmias were required to have the defective implantable cardiovertable defibrillators (“ICDs”) and cardio resynchronization therapy defibrillators (“CRT-Ds”) removed and have replacement ICDs and CRT-Ds implanted, at great expense to themselves and to third party payors.

Plaintiffs sought to certify a class of third party payors and personal injury claimants to recover the cost of explant surgery and related medical expenses necessitated by the recall of Medtronic’s ICDs and CRT-Ds.


The federal district court approved a settlement for over $75 million in this case, benefiting third party payors and personal injury claimants.