Jury Orders Medtronic Unit To Pay $400M In Punitive Damages In Patent Suit

Law360, New York (October 12, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A jury in Tennessee has ordered a subsidiary of medical device maker Medtronic to pay $400 million in punitive damages to the doctor who invented some of its spinal fusion technologies, bringing the total value of the verdict in the patent infringement lawsuit to more than $1 billion by some estimates.

The punitive damages are in addition to an earlier award to Los Angeles heart surgeon Dr. Gary Michelson and his company of about $110 million in compensatory damages. Medtronic Sofamor Danek was also ordered to...
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