Defective Medical Devices
How does a company recall breast implants? The complaint for this class action alleges that Allergan, Inc., Allergan USA, Inc., and Allergan plc have recalled certain of their Biocell implants but that they are not offering surgical fees for replacement of implants already installed in women’s bodies.
This class action, against Allergan, Inc., Allergan USA, Inc., and Allergan plc, takes on a serious subject. The complaint alleges that women who have Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders have a higher risk of breast-implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), which is “a deadly cancer of the immune system.”
This settlement resolves a Canadian class action against St. Jude Medical, Inc. and St. Jude Medical Canada, Inc. concerning certain models of defibrillators. The complaint alleged that the batteries for the defibrillators formed lithium clusters that caused premature depletion of the batteries, and that St. Jude did not warn patients of this problem in a timely manner.
DJO, LLC and/or its parent company DJO Global, Inc. make a medical boot for people who have been injured. The complaint for this action claims that the boot has such a thick sole that it causes people to walk off-balance, inviting secondary injuries, and that DJO should warn purchasers and/or sell the boot with its Evenup device for adding to the length of the other leg.
What should a company do if it’s under contract to lease a very expensive device and then receives an official warning not to use the device for its purposes? The complaint for this class action claims that Cynosure, Inc. has touted its MonaLisa Touch device as a “vaginal rejuvenator” but that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning not to use the device for that purpose.
Endologix, Inc. makes medical devices to treat aortic aneurysms, which can become fatal if not treated properly. When the class period began for this action began, Endologix’s Nellix device had been in use in Europe for three years, and the company claimed the results there were good. But the complaint claims that Nellix had a serious problem: It migrated within the body. The complaint claims that the failure of the company to disclose this, and its optimistic statements about when it expected FDA approval, were violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Gastric balloons are a relatively new weight loss solution that cost less than lap bands or gastric by passes and do not require surgery.
This settlement resolves claims from hip implant patients who had to undergo revision surgery due to complications from the Stryker Rejuvenate and/or ABG II hip implants.
These lawsuits allege that vaginal mesh produced by Ethicon are defective and can cause serious bodily injury.
These lawsuits allege that DePuy metal-on-metal Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System is defective and can require a second hip replacement.