Judge Nails Medtronic With $226M Screw Judgment

Law360, New York (December 11, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Medtronic Inc. is resisting another bout of bad news in its defense against a spinal screw patent suit from a Johnson & Johnson unit and is reportedly planning to appeal a Tuesday order that finalized a $226.3 million jury verdict.

That verdict, issued in September in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, came after the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned Judge Edward Harrington's earlier finding of summary judgment in the litigation with regard to Medtronic's Vertex devices.

September's massive award...
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