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Indiana doctor awarded $112M in Medtronic royalties dispute

A northern Indiana jury has awarded a doctor $112 million in his dispute with medical device maker Medtronic over devices he invented and sold to the company.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018 11:05 AM

PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana jury has awarded a doctor $112 million in his dispute with medical device maker Medtronic over devices he invented and sold to the company.

A Marshall County jury found in Dr. Rick C. Sasso's favor last week, awarding him the damages. Sasso is president of Carmel, Indiana-based Indiana Spine Group.

He sued Medtronic, alleging that it violated a contract by not paying royalties he was due for spinal implants and screw-implant systems he invented and sold to the Minnesota-based company.

Those systems generated annual sales of more than $200 million for Medtronic. The company paid Sasso more than $20 million in royalties, but his suit accused Medtronic of shortchanging him.

Medtronic spokeswoman Sara Thatcher says the company is "disappointed" and is weighing whether to appeal the verdict.

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