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[IPk] Lifescan lawsuit

Thought you might be interested to see this.

Lifescan to Pay Diabetics $45M
Lifescan Inc., a maker of diabetes monitors, agreed to pay $45 million to
diabetics in the United States to settle a class-action suit that claimed
its products were dangerously defective.
Lifescan, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, didn't admit any wrongdoing in
the settlement, which was reached Monday just before jury selection was
about to begin. A federal judge indicated he likely will approve the
The Milpitas, Calif.-based company also had to pay $60 million last year
after pleading guilty to charges it knew about two defects in its SureStep
glucose meter, but failed to disclose the problems before putting the device
on the market in 1996.
Federal investigators said one defect caused SureStep to sometimes display
an error message instead of a warning that blood glucose levels were
dangerously high. The other defect caused the meter to display readings that
were well below the actual level.
Court documents in last year's case indicated that at least 61 customers
became ill or had to be hospitalized.
The suit settled this week applies to as many as 400,000 diabetics who
bought SureStep meters before August 1997, when the company fixed the
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