A $1 Billion Jury Award for Epic
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal jury in Wisconsin has awarded health care software firm Epic nearly $1 billion in damages in its lawsuit against an Indian firm it had accused of stealing trade secrets.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Epic alleged that Tata Consultancy Services employees, while on contract with Kaiser Permanente, inappropriately downloaded thousands of documents from Epic on its proprietary properties. Tata maintains that it did not benefit or misuse the documents.
A jury last Thursday awarded Epic $240 million in compensatory damages and $700 million in punitive damages, though U.S. District Judge William Conley said Friday that he is likely to reduce the award. Tata said in a statement released over the weekend that they plan to appeal the decision.
Epic has declined to comment on the verdict.
Earlier this year, Mayo Clinic announced it was selling its Rochester data center to Epic as part of a sale-leaseback arrangement that covers four years.
Last year Mayo announced it had selected Epic to develop a new electronic health record program for all its operations.