Lawsuit accuses Medtronic of hiding ICD risks and causing Louisiana man's death

Michelle Keahey Jul. 13, 2011, 11:56am


The manufacturer of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads is facing a federal lawsuit which argues the device was misrepresented and defective and those defects led to a Louisiana man's untimely death.

James Kaigler, as administrator of the succession of John Kaigler, filed suit against Medtronic Inc., Medtronic Puerto Rico Inc. and Medtronic Puerto Rico Operations Co. on July 7 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, John Kaigler was implanted with Sprint Quattro Secure leads that malfunctioned, causing him to be shocked on numerous occasions and ultimately leading to his death.

The plaintiff claims the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads were unreasonably defective and the safety of the Sprint Quattro Secure leads was misrepresented.

Causes of action filed against the defendants include breach of implied warranty, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, violation of consumer protection statutes and negligent misrepresentation.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory, punitive, exemplary and statutory damages, medical expenses, restitution and disgorgement of profits, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Kaigler is represented by Edwin M. Shorty Jr. and Hope L. Harper of Shorty, Dooley & Hall in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01595

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