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Justice Dept. Sues Guidant Over ‘Faulty’ Heart Devices

The suit alleges that Guidant, a subsidiary of Boston Scientific Corp., knowingly sold defective defibrillators.

The Wall Street Journal:  Justice Department Files Suit Over Guidant Defibrillators
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday filed a civil lawsuit against Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiary, alleging the Medicare program wrongly paid for heart devices that Guidant knew were faulty (Kendall, 1/27).

Minnesota Public Radio: US Sues Boston Scientific, Alleging False Claims
The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a lawsuit against Boston Scientific which alleges the company's Guidant unit knowingly sold defective devices, even after engineers had found a fix for the problem (Moylan, 1/28).

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