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Medtronic to Settle Lawsuits Over Devices Tied to Deaths
New York Times

Medtronic, the maker of heart devices, agreed to pay $268 million to settle lawsuits over claims that fractured wires in a line of its cardiac defibrillators caused at least 13 deaths. Medtronic said it was resolving claims that wires connecting its implantable Sprint Fidelis defibrillators to patients’ hearts were defective. The company halted sales of the so-called defibrillator leads in October 2007 after they were linked to users’ deaths.