Guidant Class Action Lawsuit Background Information

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Guidant defibrillatorsGreg Monforton and Partners, in association with Lerners LLP, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Canadians injured by defective Guidant defibrillators and pacemakers. The lawsuit was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on August 22, 2005.

Herbert Bruce Heron v. Guidant Corporation et al.
Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Proceeding Under the Class Proceedings Act, 1992
Statement of Claim

About the Lawyers

Greg Monforton and Partners has partnered with Toronto lawyer James Newland of Lerners LLP to commence a national class action lawsuit on behalf of all Canadians who have received potentially defective defibrillators and pacemakers manufactured by Guidant Corporation.

Class action proceedings will be commenced against Guidant Corp. in Ontario and in British Columbia.

Background Information on the Guidant Class Action Lawsuit

Guidant Corp. recalled more than 100,000 heart defibrillators in 2005. Additionally, they announced in July 2005 that an additional 28,000 pacemakers still implanted in patients may need to be replaced.

The company has been criticized for its handling of the numerous recalls. Guidant acknowledged that it waited more than three years before warning doctors of a flaw in a heart defibrillator (Ventak Prizm 2 DR, model 1861) that could render the device ineffective in delivering therapy to patients when needed. The company explained that they believed the risk was insignificant, and therefore notification was unnecessary

The company has either recalled or issued alert on 10 different defibrillators and 9 different pacemakers in 2005. The FDA classified a number of these recalls under the “highest priority” designation, indicating the agency concluded there is a reasonable probability that one of the malfunctioning devices will cause serious injuries or death.

Our firm is preparing to file class action lawsuits in Canada over the defective and dangerous heart defibrillator and pacemaker devices. If you are interested in more information about the lawsuit, please contact us.

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