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Personal injury lawsuits filed against St. Jude Medical allege that its Riata defibrillator leads were defective and caused injuries or deaths of more than 30 patients.

St. Jude Medical's Riata defibrillator lead

St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) was slapped with multiple lawsuits in California courts yesterday over its recalled Riata defibrillator lead, alleging that the heart wires were defective and led to injuries or death for more than 30 patients.

The lawsuits generally accuse St. Jude of violating both state and federal requirements for reporting issues with medical devices, also claiming that the company failed to meet FDA manufacturing guidelines.

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