U.S. District Judge Selna, in the Central District of California, denied a motion to dismiss filed in five product liability lawsuits from folks who experienced injuries from St. Jude Riata leads. St. Jude Riata leads were recalled after reports that the wire insulation may fail after implantation.
St. Jude issued a warning to doctors in late 2011 about reports of insulation problems, and the FDA later determined that the action qualified as a St. Jude Riata recall.
Scope of the St. Jude Problem
227,000 St. Jude Riata wires were sold worldwide before it was removed from the market, and 79,000 of the leads remain active in patients in the United States.
In August 2012, the FDA issued a safety communication in response to concerns among individuals who still have one of the recalled St. Jude Riata or Riata ST leads, recommending that individuals undergo x-ray or other imaging exams to monitor the condition of the leads.
St. Jude faces many product liability lawsuits throughout the country, which allege that the manufacturer designed and sold an unreasonably dangerous and defective product. Also that they knew or should have know that these wires were defective yet they continued to sell the wires.
Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a licensed Texas Medical Doctor and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.