Ex-sales rep sues Medtronic, claims she was fired for blowing the whistle
March 10, 2015 by Brad Perriello
A former sales rep for Medtronic’s neuromodulation business sued the company yesterday, alleging that she was fired for reporting violations both of Medtronic’s policies and of state and federal anti-fraud laws.
Susan White was hired for her 2nd stint at Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic in December 2011, according to the lawsuit, and did well enough in her initial training to win an award from the company. Read more
J&J's Ethicon settles Prolift pelvic mesh bellwether
March 11, 2015 by Brad Perriello
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary agreed to settle a bellwether lawsuit filed over its Prolift pelvic mesh product, the company confirmed.
Ethicon spokesman Matthew Johnson confirmed with MassDevice.com that the company agreed to settle with plaintiffs Dianne Bellew and her husband, Dan Bellew. Read more
Appeals court upholds AngioDynamics injunction, $160m penalty against Biolitec
March 12, 2015 by Brad Perriello
A federal appeals court upheld a pair of legal wins for AngioDynamics in its long-running dispute with former partner Biolitec, but remanded the case to a lower court to adjust contempt-of-court fines for Biolitec that have topped the $160 million mark.
A Massachusetts judge last year trebled a $23 million jury award to AngioDynamics in a harshly-worded decision finding that Biolitec deliberately effected a so-called “downstream merger” to move its incorporation to Austria to escape jurisdiction in U.S. courts. Read more
Bard's Medafor wins injunction against CryoLife's PerClot Topical
March 13, 2015 by Brad Perriello
C.R. Bard won a preliminary injunction barring U.S. sales of CryoLife’s PerClot Topical hemostasis agent in a patent infringement lawsuit in Delaware.
Atlanta-based CryoLife last year asked Judge Susan Robinson of the U.S. District Court for Delaware to rule that the PerClot product does not infringe a patent for Bard subsidiary Medafor’s Arista. Medafor filed a counter-claim for infringement and asked Robinson for the preliminary injunction. Read more