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A collection of third-party insurance payers has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $9.9 million from St. Jude Medical and parent company Abbott Laboratories, claiming St. Jude knew about a battery defect in its cardiac defibrillators nearly five years before issuing a recall.

Filed Sept. 18 in Chicago by law firms DiCello Levitt & Casey and Tousley Brian Stephens, the suit alleges St. Jude knew more than 250,000 devices sold in the U.S. between 2011 and October 2016 contained lithium batteries that could abruptly short out.

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