Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Recall Settlement Of Personal Injury Lawsuits

by admin on October 19, 2010

Medtronic Agrees To Pay $268 Million To Settle Personal Injury Recall Lawsuit Claims Against Medtronic Over Recalled Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads.

A settlement has been reached in a mass tort personal injury recall lawsuit against Medtronic, Inc. (“Medtronic” or “Defendant”), alleging among other things that the recalled Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads (i.e., wires or cables used to connect hearts to implantable defibrillators that provide shocks to the heart when needed to try to stop potentially deadly rhythm disruptions) were defective since they were fracture-prone and could crack, according to a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads personal injury recall lawsuit settlement news report.

There are reportedly an estimated 8,100 Sprint Fidelis Leads personal injury recall cases filed or served against Medtronic that may be eligible to participate in the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads settlement.

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    J January 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Hey Occupy People



    Al. January 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I always believed that the Medtronic Co. and their fancy Lawyers, La Judge, Politicians, and the “Class Action Suit ” Lawyers got together and pre-arranged the out come of the Law suit before even announcing a “Class Action” suit was going to be activated.

    They made sure to drag it out long enough for the two year “Statute of Limitations” to expire, making sure the Medical Industry were protected form Law Suits!
    I will never again get suckered into joining a “Class Action Law Suit” of any kind in the future for obvious reasons! Money rules..


    BTROT54 January 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Amen to that! Class action law suits are crap! The attorneys are so dishonest. They knew that the defibrillator wire that was replaced was not a recalled wire, and they made me think that the lien issues applied to me so that they could charge me the $400.00 to handle a lien situation that does not exist. Unfortunately, the new wire that was inserted is a recalled wire. Therefore, I am only eligible for the $1000.00, and they are trying to take most of that.


    Al. January 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    The Statute of Limitations varies from State to State. Some set it at two (2) years, others set it at three (3) years or better.


    J January 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    “Statute of Limitations” is it 2 years? my wife thinks it is three, she use to work in a law office dealing with this type of thing. she agrees it is a scam for the lawyers to make money not us !~! I have written letters to my congress people. both requesting a meeting with them i really suggest we all do that!! Call your state reps, THIS AN ELECTION YEAR LETS GET THIS QUESTION TO THE THE CANDIDATES ASK THEM “How are you going to fix the FDA in particular the Medtronics Leads?” Let em know that there are 14K voters with issues about this very subject !!!


    J January 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Also the bill “H.R. 1346: Medical Device Safety Act of 2009″ has died in congress.. WTF ?!?!?!!!! This needs to be completed for our kids sake !!!


    J January 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

    To TYRONE and everyone
    Well dammit lets start emailing him!! I think if everyone started making some we might shed some light on this!! WE ALL ARE DEPENDING ON EACH OTHER !!!!!! call write email your state senators and the president him self!!


    suzette lange January 31, 2012 at 7:47 am

    someone needs to contact and tell the story!


    J February 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

    good idea Suzette, why don’t you??

    jerry January 22, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Can someone tell me if your lawyers are getting 10 perecnt more for special fees court etc. Supposedly my lawyer said that they must deduct it from the settlement and pay it out. ANYONE ELSE PAYING THAT EXTRA 10 PERECNT ???????????????


    Plavixman January 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Jerry, I do have a 9% subtraction from my work up sheet, but it is taken out of my attorneys part. I believe it is to do with expenses for the people putting together the pay outs. Who the Hell know at this point. I have not seen this one before, but with attorneys who the hell knows. We had several people say that they had deductions for use of the wire that fractured. That is just a plain out LIE. There is no such charge. If you attorney did this, they need to be sued. Good Luck. I expect check this week. Just wish I had that 40% too.


    jerry January 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I had my lead wire in me for 6 yrs and they took out 5 perecnt a year on me for a total of 30 perecnt taken from my award plax.
    So can you clarify what you are refering to, cause its the truth my friend…….


    Plavixman January 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I would demand to see where in the agreement that is at. My award, and I am a class III, had my original 3 1/2 years before it fractured. I DO NOT HAVE SUCH DEDUCTION. I think you attorney are ripping you a new one. Its time to get ugly with you attorneys.


    jerry January 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Good Point Plax, I had my wire in me for 6 yrs, When surgeon was replacing the battery on my defib, he changed defib, capped old lead, he said the recalled lead was fractured, he then inserted the new lead. Any other thoughts ???????

    jerry January 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    btw, in the documents that were sent to me it said 5 perecnt usage fee will be deducted for every yr the lead was inserted…………….

    Al. January 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I had an up-graded P/D installed recently. The Doc disconnected the “re-called” lead wire from the original P/D and then connected it to the new P/D.

    His reasoning was that the wire was functioning properly and he saw no need to replace it.

    Does that make sense, what do you think?

    Plavixman January 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    That may be your answer Jerry, It never shocked you and was replaced when your new battery was put in. This may the problem, may the doctor just did it and it wasn’t fractured, so they felt since it had not fractured, you owed for the time the first one was used. Wierd!!!

    jerry January 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Al, the surgeon determined the wire was ok, so thats why they reconnected it to the p/d. If he woulda capped it and inserted another wire, you coulda been eligible for money in the 7 year period. If you do have a problem with it, you are covered in the future. all the best to all of you and appreciate everyones input. My lawyer admitted to me the SUIT WAS AN INJUSTICE TO EVERYONE.

    avictim August 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Too Late!!

    Will February 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    My attornies have deducted 41% claiming 33 and a thrid plus over 6,000 in attorney fees, 9% benefit fees, another thousand for office fees. Yes, I know. I got the shaft and I am going to take them to court and get screwed again. But atleast I will put their name out there as a bunch of slimy low lifes.


    Plavixman January 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    BLAME BUSH, SOUNDS LIKE AN OBAMA TACTIC. Obama had 2 years of a Democratic Congress and Senate to do something. They even had hearing during this time. What happened, nothing!!! If you check you will see the attorneys that got O. J. off the first time went on to help other people too. How come the U.S. Senate hasn’t done anything, they have been under Democratic control for 5 years now. Its Governments falt, not some political party or person.


    Richard January 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    All I have to say is we got screwed from day one and the U.S. goverment helped a big company get away with murder and injuries that will never heal WELCOME TO CORPORATE AMEARICA where the corporations rule……………………………………………………………………………………………..


    Heidi Z January 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Looks like the “lawyers” have changed ALL the categories for the class members to fall into?! And WITHOUT informing their clients of such??
    You should ALL be allowed to sue your useless lawyers for misrepresenting what you were or would be entitled to!!
    AND the freaking FDA IS THE RESPONSIBLE ONE! For approving a device without even looking at it? BECAUSE Medtronic ‘said’ it was just like a previous model? They are ALL a bunch of CROOKS!


    Bob January 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    So has anybody heard from there attorney as when we might be seeing the other 40%.


    Janet January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    The other 40% ? We haven’t gotten a letter saying how much the award is yet. You are all way ahead of us. Welcome to Alabama….we must be last to know whats going on.


    avictim January 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Everyone is getting 40% held back automatically.The other 9% is another deduction- & another 1%- .There were to be three categories, turns out there are 5.??My attorney fee to be reduced by 9% to provide for the common benefit fund fee.Whatever this is.No disbursement dates as yet.I was told to contact my representative and legislature to try to squash the preemption law.


    Scar Chest January 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hi, Well I thought I was finished on this blog. Has anyone received one cent yet? I haven’t and I called my attorney and they said they were waiting to see how to ethically disperse the funds. Really! I was also charged the 5% for the use of the leads. I asked if we have to pay for another law office to tell the Judge how to disperse the funds and was told no! How do we find out what is truth and what are lies?


    avictim April 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm



    Scar Chest January 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Bob, Did you receive your first check? It sounds like you did.

    Janet- you need to call your law office. I had to call mine. You should have heard already so you could have filed an appeal if you wanted to.

    Plavixman- you said you didn’t have to pay the 5%per year for the use of the leads? it was stated in the paperwork from the Garretson Law Firm!


    Plavixman January 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Scar, I have recieved no such letter from the Garretson Group. By the way, Medicare did not pay for my initial installation, only the replacement. So how can they recover for something they didn’t pay for the first time. I have asked my attorney that but have not recieved response. My check for the initial payment was to be mailed this week. I was told that Friday. We will see. Good to hear from you again Scar. I know I tried to say off and did for about a month.


    Will February 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Scar Chest, Garretson isn’t a law firm. Its run by lawyers and they are head hunters. Their job is to deal with finding liens against people who win lawsuits and settlements and they charge. I never agreed to them having anything to do with my money. They are powerful and have political pull and do everything under the table. I am surprised you heard anything from them. That 40% is still with your attorney. When Garretson finishes they get paid, the lien gets paid and your attorney get the rest of their fee and you get whats left.


    Scar Chest January 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Plavixman,

    I was wrong. It was from Gustafson Gluek PLLC in Minneapolis. It was called the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Settlement Settlement Value Overview. On page 1 they talk about the Useful Life Deduction and all the other categories. In box me on facebook if you want more information. I was in category D.


    Larry January 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Have not posted in a while but thought I would chime in. One fact is that in reality we are lucky to get anything because of the stupid way in which we let congress/govt interfere in the marketplace. How can a bunch of politicians decide that the company is protected from responsibility because the company says that there is no need for testing since is the same product. If I breathed in asbestos I could sue forever same for Botox or if I got a bad hip replacement. Ask the John Mansfield company about protection…whoops they are no longer around . Medtronics did a cost analysis and figured out was cheaper to lobby for protection instead of doing comphrehensive testing. With their “get out of jail free card” in place we became the test subjects. There were 2649 people received shocks and so far there have been 46 deaths attributed to the defective leads. These are only the USA numbers, no telling what the total is worldwide. Did we get screwed , you bet we did. Is it the judges fault…no. They have to follow the law,they do not write law. The problem is in Washington where we the people have no voice any more. Try to talk to your elected officials and all you get is form letters in return. Bet Medtronic lobbyists do not get form letters. In conclusion am I happy that due to corporate greed I almost lost my wife ..HELL NO but I do not blame the judge or the lawyers I place all blame on the way in which laws are dictated by and enacted for the benefit of corporations. We will take what we get and try to find something we can do together that brings a smile to her face.Last but not least I firmly believe that we need to vote every incumbent in office out and then maybe we can reduce the influence of the lobbyists and actually have representatives that listen to us and not the big money.


    Scar Chest January 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Very well said, Larry!


    Bill Mccarthy January 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I got my $130.00 US saturday. As usual the only ones that win are the attorneys. I would rather have been invited to their party they had when the money was awarded.!!!!!


    BTROT54 January 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Enjoy your Red Lobster dinner! I can’t wait until I get mine! Boy, the legal system sucks!


    TYRONE January 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Bill HR 1346 is dead because of the Republicans in the US House. Who would like to put a limit on medical malpractice. We must hope the the Dems win back both houses. That is the only chancxe that this bill can get passed. Rember alot of them are part of the medical field. The president has already said that medical compaines should be held accountible for there actions.


    Larry January 31, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Tyrone…It took a lot of Democrats and Republicans to get the original law that has allowed this travesty to take place put in place. To blame 1 party for not fixing the problem is not fair. If it was such a priority with the Democrats how come they did not fix it when they were in control of both houses and had a Democratic president. Reason is that like I posted before Medtronic showered enough money on congress to buy a get out of jail free card after their last defibrillator law suit cost them a ton of money. Govt did not cause the problem but it sure does provide a lot of protection to the right companies.


    Plavixman January 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm



    Al. January 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    You brought up a lot of good points.
    Mayby the answer would be to establish a voting process that requires all sponsered introduced laws to be approved by voters via a quarterly voting referendum.

    In short, all new laws would haft to be approved by Voters before being enacted!

    Bet your house that the Lobbiest would go crazy, and be out of a job if this concept were to become a reality. Just a suggestion..


    Plavixman January 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Do you really think people would get out and vote like this. I can answer it for you. NO! Only if it would affect them as individuals. We elect officals to carry out our wishes of what laws to enact . What the hell would we need with them if we have to approve what they decided to let us vote on. Makes no sense. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION!!! Live by it or find another place.


    Al. February 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Do you really think the Politicians are in the game to benifit us, carry out our wishes?
    Personally. I detest having the laws they pass shoved down my throat. The hypocritical Basterds need to be put in their place!
    The control of America needs to be given back to Americans!
    Again, no Law should be passed until approved be the Voters, even if it means holding an election every four months to approve or dis-approve a potential Law!

    The Constitution needs to be evaluated and re-written!
    Think about it, it was written when there were reasonably honest, and loyal people in office!
    Just saying..


    TYRONE January 31, 2012 at 8:59 am

    It true that the dems had both houses but rember even if the bill passed through the us house you need 60 votes inorder to pass in the senate and the republicans as usual would have block it because you need 60 votes. The republicans a the protecter of corps and the rich. As i said before they want tore reforms limiting the amount of class action malprasctice awards


    Plavixman January 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Tyrone, Get you head out of your A#$#. The Democrats got a bill called obamacare didn’t they. They could have got this bill thru too if they had wanted. I get tired everytime something doesn’t go right for you democrats, y0u want to blame someone else. If we would just think for ourselves and quit letting someone else think for us, we would be a lot better off. I understand how the system works, I may not like it at times, but I understand and support it.


    Al. February 1, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Hey guys, if you want to talk Politics take it to another forum. Why in the hell anybody would want to talk about that shit anyway!
    Some people just don’t understand that the
    “FIX” is in the Pres will win in 2012 thanks to the “Bilberger Group” (Look it up) then, get your head out of your ass!
    Viva Obama!


    Richard January 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Well all I can say is why dont we all just send both settlment offers to the news stations and let the world know what a screwing the people that got shocked so many painful times and the attornies that sold us out might just decide they screwed up and do something other than sit back and count their money my first offer was 78000.00 and now I wont get enough to buy a pack of gum.Where did this damn money go to anyway


    Plavixman January 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Richard, you signed an agreement that you would not make public your settlement. Do you not understand these people could sue you for not keeping up your end of the bargain. You may not like what you got. Most of us don’t. But stir up things enough and you could become Medtronics next target. Just Saying!!!!


    TYRONE February 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

    To Plavixman.

    I don’t know what your problem is but you are but for your info. It take 60 votes in the senate to pass a bill there were not 60 dems. As for you repubicans youa re going to be unhappy again. Thats because Obama will be reelected. Thats because the tpye of stupit comments coming from the candiated. Noone in there right mine will vote for them to be president. Iassum that you are one of the 1%. Well I guess thats why you make such comments. You are out of touch. Take your rastist comment and stick them up your ass you cock sucker.


    Al. February 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Give em hell Tyrone, make us proud!


    Plavixman February 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    How can someone as Stupid as you make any sense of anything. Someone like you should not even be allowed to vote. Why!! Because you can’t even have a conversation without bringing up racism into something that race has nothing to do with. It is a belief. But your dumb A#%$% don’t understand. As Herman Cain says, Two kinds of Democrats, one that can’t think for themselves and the ones that know it and take advantage of it. It called being an “intelligent Thinker”


    TYRONE February 1, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Plavixman you are out of touch. You need to get yourself together. becuase making stupit statements show peole what kind of indivual you are. Not very good. So wake up and stop the blood clud crying.


    TYRONE February 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Al I agree you your comments. Obama will be relected. These republicans are out of touch. Stop with protecting the corp and the super rich.


    Plavixman February 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm



    TYRONE February 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The bigest problem in election is money . The money must be taken out of the election. Get rid of the speical interest and the lobyyers who buy policy.. Second this congrss sould have term limits. We don’t need carreer senaters and house members. The president has been insulted by the republicans and that is a disgrace. They sould be asham of them self. Calling him a food stamo president. For the record there were more peeople on food stamps when Bush was president by more than 500,000. There republicans can’t tell the truth. They think that samrt people will not relies the lies they tell.


    Plavixman February 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm



    J February 1, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Dennis February 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

    fact on government problems is during President Bush’s last term the democrats got control of the senate. since than everything went bad such as inflationpresident and taxes raised. and recently in the last year or so republicans got control of congress by 2 or 3 members. Obama has givin his self more control than any president of all time and everything has went to hell


    TYRONE February 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Denis .You see there is no reason that a millionar or billlionar should pay the same tax or in some cases a lower tax rate thansomeonemaking between 50,000 or 70,000. You see the way I was brought up was you care for your fellow man. You see money is not everything. You can’t take it to the grave. If I have to pay a little taxe to get more people jobs thats ok with me. Personnelly I hope that Obama let the bush taxe cut expire so that we cah begin to cut into the budget criss. T think that the President should have more control over a do nothing congress (republicans)


    Junk Yard Dog February 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Good Evening Everyone.
    I will be 65 this coming May. As I reflect back, I have tried my best to get along with others. I am reminded of General Daniel “Chappie” James, the first 4 Star Black General in the Air Force from Pensacola Fla. During my 20 plus years in the Air Force, I always remembered what General James said “Pick Your Fight” Some fight are not worth fighting, writing or quarreling over. You can’t change anybody mind to write or do the right thing. I am reminded of a story that General James told about his visit back to his hometown for a parade when he made his 4th Star. Someone out in the crowd yell out “nigger” and the General just smiled. Him mom said “Son when you are going down the road in your limo of success, there will be many who will try and pick a fight. When you go back on the same road, those same people will be on the side line still calling you a nigger” The call him a nigger as a boy in Pensacola and they called him a nigger as a 4 Star General. If he stop to fight, he would have lose sight. She also told him if he stopped to fight every time somebody call him “nigger”, he would be fighting every single day of his life.

    All of this fighting with words here are not worth it. We all should be shame. Yes, I said we and that include me. If I get out of hand here, I hope someone would say “Pick your fights Junk Yard Dog, Pick your fight” These fights (words) are not worth fighting over. We are here collectively to fight a Giant (Medtronic) and we can’t afford to get off track and lose sight of where we are going.

    Ladies and Gentlemen – The enemy want us to divide and conquer each other. They are laughing at us. Stay focus and encourage those that you can. Peace to All


    Al. February 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Well said, Junk Yard Dog!

    Staying focused on the topic is the right way to go.

    As of this minute I will not be replying to any comments here that are not relevant to Medtronic’s rip off scenario!

    Who knows, Medtronic or their Lawyers might be in here sobotaging the forum. hhuuummmm


    Plavixman February 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm



    TYRONE February 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

    To: Plavixman
    Hey moron. you and Herman Cain can go to hell. Next time use your braine when makeing dumb ass statements. As I said you are the 1% the very one I dispies because of your evil way . Get your act together ass hole. I am a dem and proud to be one not like you 14K moron.


    TYRONE February 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

    That is why Obama will be relected because of your stuipt republican canidates


    TYRONE February 2, 2012 at 7:19 am

    That the best thing you can do. se ya and I would’t want to be ya


    TYRONE February 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    This moron Plavixman started this mess with his stupit comment. So I finished it for him.


    llg February 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    fighting amoung ourselves and name calling is not going to get the law changed. BE PRODUCTIVE


    No justice February 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Intentional and poor documentation by MDs to save medtronics!…High paid lawyers do not care about the patients ! It is all manipulated so patients end up shafted by the system !


    M February 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I finally received my 1st disbursement check! Let me just say I cried. I was so happy. I was expecting maybe $60. It was a huge help to me right now and the second check will be even more so. I hope everyone else receives as good of news as I did.


    Will February 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Relax people. We aren’t the only Americans to get screwed by the people we voted into office. This is about money. Period. The rich are always going to come out on top. Even on the bodies of the poor. Outof the thousands of rich people and politicans in this country don’t you think atleast one would have some one with Metronic time bomb in their chest? But you haven’t heard a peep about it have you? If you were rich or had a politican for a uncle you would have got big money and you would not have been on any class action. Dems or Repub it doesnt matter. They are going to take the money. Thats why they are in the game. Every one of these slimey lawyers knew this was to big not to settle and they were going to make big money out of our pain and maybe our deaths and thats why they didn’t want any money our front. My lawyers had me make out a will before they would take my case. And I got my first check. 400.00 and they got over 18,000. Garretson has the final say so on the rest. So we live or die with some one’s foot on our necks. Basic American business policy. Make money at all costs.


    Terri February 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Has anybody heard anything else lately? My mother called her attorney and he said her check should be mailed in about two weeks. She was awarded 1000.00 so she will probably only get about 150.00 of it.


    Larry February 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    From what I have read on here and through my own personal experience it seems like the lawyers are sitting on the money until you make an inquiry. I called to check on the progress and next day I had a letter to sign ,waited 12 days and called to see what the holdup was and I was overnighted the money the next day…said it took a while for the money to be processed. I will be glad when this is all over with because it has been nothing but
    frustrating. If this is how all lawsuits are handled it is a wonder that any ever get settled. And if this is the pace that lawyers work at I can understand why America is in the shape it is in since like 90% of congress are lawyers.


    Al. February 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Well said, you hit it right on the head. I think they are taking their time to send the checks out so they can earn interest on the Clients money while it’s in their Bank account!
    The longer people don’t complain, the longer they will haft to wait for a check! These Class action things are a bunch of crap. I’ll do what I can to talk anybody I know not to get involved with a Class action thing! As for me getting anything, I told them to shove it where the sun does’nt shine! Good luck getting your check!


    Terri February 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Right on Al, It does make me wonder as I have said before where the hell did all the money go that medtronic allocated? So they set aside money for future claims? I don`t see that many future claims coming up and I think that is a ruse.
    The people who already died or have had problems from this need to compensated.
    My mother was shocked from this thing about 10 or 11 times before they got it to stop, its a wonder it did not kill her. She gets 1000.00 after its said done probably will get 150.00 of that.
    It amazes that the media does not pick up on this at all.

    Al. February 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Terri, What bugs me is the fact that Medtronic is telling Doctors it is Ok to “re-use” a “re-called ” wire after disconnecting it from P/D during replacement procedure if it is found to be functioning properly, and after telling them earlier that the wire was causing injuries and deaths.
    This re-connecting thing happened to me without me knowing it untill I accidently found out when I complained about the settlement they offered me!

    Bet your butt I’m going to go after anyone involved in the re-connection procedure without informing me before hand.
    As far as I am concerned, when the Surgeon re-hooked the re-called wire to a new P/D he opened up a new liability law suite concerning anyone involved, not excluding Medtronic for telling him he could “re-use” it!
    My advice to eneryone, make sure you are fully informed of what a Surgeon is going to do to your body during a procedure, before a procedure takes place! Amen..

    avictim August 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    She’ll be lucky to get $49.00! Is what I heard.


    Janet February 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Finally……my husband got his award letter and first check. The breakdown was no surprise. For his 21 shocks from the fractured lead, he gets enough for a nice dinner out and we can pay some overdue doctor bills. The lawyer got enough for a new car. The held back 40% for Medicare…who knows when or how much he gets of that. It is what it is friends. The worst part was them taking 5% per year that it did function before breaking. I guess living in fear of that happpening didn’t matter. I wish you all well and hope only the best for everyone. Thanks for the frienship while going through this tough time. The settlement is over, but the medical problems continue. All in all this didn’t really help anyone, Medtronic took no responsibility nor did the apoligize. Only the lawyers got rich and the injured con’t to suffer and worry.


    Terri February 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm


    I am sorry to hear this. What a travesty. What I thought happened is exactly what did. All the medtronic money went to the lawyers and probably the judges or judges. Very little went to the people who were actually injured.


    Heidi February 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Wonder if Kennedy is rollin over in HIS grave?


    Diana February 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I found out my lawyers has taken out over half the settlements for them self. This is not right. They also has taken out other charges. I will never again be in a class action case.


    BTROT54 February 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

    My sentiments exactly, Diana. They sent me a letter with the payment breakdown for my $1000.00 award. In the final analysis, I will only be getting $171.00. This is a far cry from the $12,000 they lead me to believe I would be awarded initially. I have the “recalled wire” implanted in me, but I have not had an issue with it yet. I have had it in me for about 5.5 years. I’m seriously considering passing on signing the document. I would rather lose this chump change than to give them the satisfaction of getting the money. They did not do crap for us!


    Terri February 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I told my mother to expect about 170.00 from her 1000.00 settlement. If she ever even receives a check at all. So apparently I was right. 256 million dollars awarded from Medtronic, and people are getting 171.00 each. What a disgrace.


    Lilspitfir March 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    And the offer me 1,000.00 to 25o0.0 and that man went threw hell.And now he’s dead hell,this is not the end .


    TYRONE February 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    They is a 5% deduction from the gross amount of your award for each year that you had that functioning recalled lead . That would cost you some 3,300 deducted from your award and as you know the lawyers a robing us with there fees. from what i see you lawers are robing you. there is no reason that you should end up with 171.00 Lets say the lawyers fees are 5,000 thers is still 40% of your award being held at this time and will be disbursed at a later date. In the end you should end up with some were around 3,000. A far cry from 12,000.


    BTROT54 February 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I only qualify for the $1000.00 payout though because my lead is still functioning. If I have a problem within seven years, I would be eligible to receive a certain amount minus a 5% reduction per year that the wire was functioning.


    Lilspitfir March 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Really every time this things fire off it weaken the heart muceles. Thats a proven FACT. Thats why I don’t have my husband today!!! And how much are they willing to pay for an early grave huh the tortoure this people are going through watch your love one get knocked across the room huh?This self made SOB needs to have these recall put in theirself and sat it at 750 volts like my poor husband .I fight them til the end in honor of my husband name.My heart goes out to each and everyone of yall thats got the recall and yalls caretakers


    Someone February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I am personly going to call on the US Attorney General and ask questions I think this is not what the LAW will allow and Medtronic can sue me they cant get Blood out of a turnip.I am not going to take this and go hide under a rock I have every letter my so called Attorney has sent me from day one and WILL turn copies over to the A.G.


    Patt February 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Susie, Gary, Dennis, Joy, & James plus all others that I have personally spoken with:

    I am filing suits against Medtronic and bribed physicians (separate suits) and the legal theories I am relying upon are not precluded by the Sprint Fidelis lead settlement such that all of Medtronic’s victims could be included if their physician’s name shows up in the discovery lists of bribed physicians and/or hospitals (from the USDOJ, and from Medtronic). Depending upon who contacts me, I may add other co-plaintiffs. If you still wish to be a co-plaintiff, email me your full name including middle initial, age, date of birth, mailing address of your residence including zipcode, telephone number including area code, and email address you wish to use as a plaintiff. Also, I need to know date of implanting, where (medical facility), Doctor’s name, office address, and telephone number. Do not delay as I am drafting the suits now and will file them next week. These suits have nothing to do with Sprint Fidelis leads. Please read very carefully your copy of the Sprint Fidelis settlement agreement, Exhibit C, paragraph 2, last two lines on page 2; plus the balance of paragraph 2 as continued on page 3. Gary: Please post this on the blog websites (“Medtronic legal reader” and “recalls in the news”). I have decided not to file as Class actions because I don’t want to deal with victims who just whine but do nothing to help themselves. I have neither the time nor patience to hold someone’s hand that just bellyaches and criticizes those trying to help them. I have pulled the website “” and will replace it with “” By filing a personal suit with co-plaintiffs I can represent myself and co-plaintiffs need to do nothing except testify when called as a witness. I will argue the case to the jury but not testify myself as it is not necessary and avoids the problem of shyster defense attorneys attacking me over my seven-year battle with the Missouri Bar and Missouri State Board of Law Examiners which would unduly distract the jurors. Once the suits are filed, I will not even discuss a settlement with defense attorneys because they are arrogant and think they are entitled to shit on golden toilets. I look forward to matching wits with them. Also, settlement talks will be a waste of time because Medtronic’s liability is in the billions and they will want to offer a few coins because their lawyers think we are all stupid and uneducated morons. I wonder how many of them have an IQ of 220 and twenty-six years of public speaking experience. I used to put on four hour seminars for chief executives of various companies across the United States as well as in foreign nations. In addition to my Juris Doctor Degree, I have a triple Bachelor of Science in business, psychology and political science. No, I am not as stupid as Medtronic’s management and their slick lawyers assume. Medtronic’s stock is about to take a serious nosedive. If you have any Medtronic shares, I suggest you dump them now. Each co-plaintiff needs to cough up $100 for filing fees and initial expenses. Go to and make the payment to my account which is identified by my email address: . As I have already told you, you are not going to pay any attorneys’ fees but I will need a little help with expenses. Your total expenses as a co-plaintiff will not exceed $500 (filing fees, depositions, court recorder fees, etc.) and you will keep 100% of your share of the jury awarded damages.

    Personal regards,

    Don Alexander


    Al. February 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Respectfully, even if you do have a case against Medtronic, I do not believe you would be allowed to represent anyone in a Court of Law without an earned qualified Attorney Degree, and License.
    How ever, you are allowed to defend yourself if a Judge considers you to be of sound mind.
    Also, any person may be excluded from paying Court fees if they can show that they can not afford the costs involved.
    I too believe I have found a way to hold Medtronic responsible for damages, and intent to persue the issue.
    Why do I have in mind the story of Golieth and the Giant,
    and the proverb: “he who goes in Court in defense of himself has a fool for a Client?”
    Take your time, do the home work, you only get one shot at the target if you’re lucky, keep us informed.
    I wish you the best in your endeavor,


    Al. February 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

    On second thought, I see that your intention is not to attempt to defend anyone other than yourself.
    In fact it looks like you want others to pay to be a witness for you in your attempt to verifie some common situation that you will be presenting to the Court in your argument.
    The question is: how will anyone involved in your appeal case be compensated, and benifit with out appealing to the Court via an independent personal appeal process? Just curious..


    Lilspitfir March 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Don,What if they’re dead.Cathey


    Patt February 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm


    I inadvertently deleted the info you sent me for filing in federal court in Florida. Please resend that email and include your date of birth. I completed research on the current average time for an appeal to work its way through the Eighth Circuit……much, much too long! So….I have made a final decision as to when and where to file and what will be the legal theory of recovery consistent with the relevant statute of limitations. By the way, the three issues I appealed are (1) does an implanted cardiac device costing more than $72,000 permanently wired to the buyer’s heart constitute the “buyer’s property” for purposes of “financial and/or property damages” under Civil RICO?; (2) does $72,000+ in buyer’s debt incurred for the device and implanting constitute “financial loss” when the device was fraudulently sold by seller to buyer and the seller knew that the device was defective and dangerous and might kill the buyer such that upon discovery of the fraud the implanted buyer has the device unwired from his heart and discarded as worthless trash?; (3) relative to my Rule 60B motion…….does a drastic change in the settlement amount and the number of claims that must be settled from the reduced settlement pot after claimants have opted into the settlement (based on the original settlement amount and the number of claimants) justify the granting of said motion to set aside a voluntary dismissal order entered BEFORE claimants were advised that the pot contained 48 million less and the number of claimants was increased by more than 5,000?

    Let’s proceed with one single class action suit in the US District Court, Southern District of Florida to hopefully dodge another “multi-district litigation” bribed judge situation. The legal theory of recovery will be damages pursuant to a criminal conspiracy involving bribed physicians and hospitals (the defibrillators were the “inventory property” of the hospital, pulled from hospital inventory, marked up, and implanted into the recipient……hospital management knew what was going down and submitted the inflated claims to 3rd party insurance carriers). The bribed physicians made off with a couple grand and the hospitals wind up with a tidy profit for their support of the conspiracy to rip off patients and insurance carriers including Medicare and Medicaid. Because physicians and hospitals are co-conspirators with Medtronic masterminding the criminal acts, they can all be named as co-defendants in the Florida court and are all chargeable by the feds for criminal conspiracy to rip off Medicare/Medicaid. This strategy bypasses the problems inherent within Civil RICO and provides for actual, compensatory and punitive damages. I would like to see around 15,000 claimants (3 billion, 750 million at 250,000 each) and the media will pick up this newsworthy story thereby making potential claimants aware of the class action with zero attorneys’ contingency fees.

    I will have the website ready by next Wednesday and start communicating with survivors of those killed by Medtronic advising them of their standing to file murder charges with local prosecutors (the media will love this story). I will also have the suit revised and ready for filing. I am communicating our plans and strategy to Medtronic’s management through their attorneys for two reasons: (1) give them a chance to do the right thing; and (2) make them aware that the coming legal battle is not high-priced slick attorneys versus legal morons. My existing Civil RICO suit in Missouri will languish for awhile but that only presents a choice for me as to which forum I wind up fighting in personally. We will file the Florida suit in your name as a class action. We will have to pay a class action lawyer by the hour to satisfy the presiding judge that the Class members’ interests are being properly protected. That is the single biggest negative remaining with the class action approach, but we can live with that. You might want to start discussions with class action lawyers in your neighborhood.



    Al. February 27, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Your public message to Gary is interesting to say the least.
    If I may, in response to the first one question, I am under the impresion that once the device is implanted in your body, you are the owner of that device. I have seen here and other researched sites where people have talked about receiving the device upon request from a Surgeon following a removal.

    Concerning the second reference, I would think fraud may be implied, and if any compensation were due it would be payable to the party that financed the implant procedure.

    At the same time, in my Layman opinion, I believe a recipient of a declared unsafe implanted product should also be compensated if the product was found to be unsafe before it was surgically implanted.
    Having said this, common sense dictates that Medtronic, Judges, the FDA, Doctors, Hospitals and Company retained Lawyers conspired at the table, and proceded to committ fraudent activity, in interest of rescueing a Corporation in trouble. Now that’s what I call a demonstrated typical example of how money rules.
    In addition, it seems that Medicare, Medicade, and private Insurers may be involved in a conspiracy also, as a result of the enforced stipulation that they get re-imbursed for investment before the principle Recipient gets a single penny!
    Yep, no doupt a deal was made at the table before private independant Law Firms were encouraged to activate a “Class Action” concept and bring it to the attention of the public.
    Reminds me of a herd of cattle being rounded up before the slaughter took place! just my opinion..
    Again, I wish you the best in your endeavor.


    jerry March 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Anyone hear anything about the 40 percent
    holdback. Tulsa for any input


    Bill8888 March 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Not a word on mine at all.


    Terri April 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Again my mother called her attorney about when is she going to get her settlement money and they told her nothing. She has not received one cent as of yet and they will not tell her anything.
    As of today April 3, 2012. Have most people received their money? Should these lawyers be reported to a local bar association? Why are they holding her money?


    Lou April 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I called my lawyer’s office April 20th, they said in a couple of weeks checks should be going out????? Kinda like around Christmas, then mid January, then early spring……… when it comes it comes, just a long waiting game.


    Diana April 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I know we all have not had our day. In the last 2months I have had to have
    all my parts removed, been in CCU for over 8 days. I know now that God is going to deal with Medtronic I will keep praying for each and everyone.



    Dixie April 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    With all due respect to your Christian beliefs, where is this “God” that allows so much pain and suffering to continue to go on on this Planet we know as Earth?
    Realistically, the only thing really worshiped on Earth today is the dollar.
    In short, the Medtronic Co. is proof of the fact that Corporate money rules this ” has been” and sold out Country called the U.S.A.

    And until the day comes when the great revolution takes place in attempt to take back the Country, and if “prayers” work for you, do the best you can to encourage your God to bring about change for the better!
    Just my opinion


    darlene beckett June 15, 2012 at 9:17 am



    darlene beckett June 15, 2012 at 9:22 am

    MY HUSBAND DIED AS A RESULT OF THE RECALL DEVICE AND THE BACKSTABING LAWYERS ARE OFFERING ME 1,000 DOLLARS and no one will cares but i lost every thing my home car then layed off my job after 10 years of service there is still no headstone on his grave


    wondering July 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Anyone heard anything about the hold back money? First they claimed spring … Then it was mid-summer .. And here it is mid summer and haven’t heard a thing?


    Misty July 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hey wondering, I emailed my husbands lawyer. I was told all Medicare liens have been taken care of, now they r working on third party liens. I was told it should b around the end of summer (which i do not believe). Even if u have no liens, u still have to wait for your 40%!! I’m soo sick of these lawyers, so rude and hateful!!


    Diana July 23, 2012 at 12:37 am

    When I call the court I was told July so I now know that was a Lie…
    I will be calling on Monday to see what they now have to say.


    brian July 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    When the money was settled according to catergories everybody was covered, so thoses with the seven years waiting .if nothing happens as a result of their leads they are not entitled to anything which means that money should be redistributed to those who did suffer and recieved a amount based on the 7-year wait……the judge never say what happenS to the money if the people surpass the time period . do we get more money from the original settlement or is the judge and lawyers going to ciphon it thru unnecessary paperwork fee and charges…..QUESTION OF THE DAY..ASK YOUR LAWYER


    nancy August 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    well at least you got something of your $1000….my lawyer said I get $49 plus change….I had one defective battery(replaced in 2 yrs), was shocked one time, and had broken wire in right ventricle….was in the hospital 3 times and my expense is putting me in collections!…How do lawyers and Medtronic sleep at nite???? They don’t have to be afraid of hearing an alarm go off inside their body now do they!…We are all screwed by this healthcare system.


    Misty August 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hello everyone, we recieved an email from my husbands lawyers, The remaining 40% should be sent out by the end of this month. (do u really believe this)? Anyways, says they nearing completion. Just informing everyone of what i have been told!!


    avictim August 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    It’s really sad to know that everyone was taken advantage of.My husband is probably turning in his grave,This so- called settlement was so unjust.If a burglar comes into your house and “injures” himself, he can turn around and sue you for everthing you own,Because it’s his “right” to do so by law.All the people who were implanted and suffered and are suffering, where are their rights?? This settlement is a joke an insult! We had no rights even after the implants, which they already knew the wires were defective.My husband was told his was working, only because it was pacing,but was it working right? Our hospital had no way to check it.Shocked him repeatedly and he died shortly after.


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