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Medtronic agrees to pay $85 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

The federal class action suit was filed by the Minneapolis Firefighters Relief Association in 2008. It accused the Fridley-based medical device maker of making misleading or false statements about the company's Infuse spine surgery device. Medtronic denies any wrongdoing.
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The federal class action suit was filed by the Minneapolis Firefighters Relief Association in 2008. It accused the Fridley-based medical device maker of making misleading or false statements about the company's Infuse spine surgery device. Medtronic denies any wrongdoing.

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