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The march toward peace in the stent wars continues. A couple months ago, we reported that Abbott Laboratories and Medtronic had signed a blockbuster deal that ended all their patent litigation over cardiac stents. Now comes news that two more major stent players — Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis unit — have settled more than a dozen stent-related patent suits. In a deal to resolve cases that have provided 12 years of billable hours for a horde of lawyers, Natick, Mass.-based Boston Scientific will pay New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson $716.3 million.

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