This week the Supreme Court docket of the USA denied a petition from Epic Techniques, a medical-software maker, that challenged an appeals court docket’s determination to cut back the quantity awarded to Epic in its lawsuit with Tata Consultancy Companies.
The swimsuit dates again to 2014, when Verona, Wisconsin-based Epic initially sued IT firm Tata Consultancy Companies on grounds that Mumbai-based Tata had stolen commerce secrets and techniques from Epic and produced a competing software program — Med Mantra. In 2016, Epic was initially awarded $940 million in damages, of which $240 million was in compensatory damages and $700 million in punitive damages.
Nonetheless, in 2017 the full quantity was diminished to to $420 million, of which $280 million was in punitive damages and $140 million was in compensatory damages, by a Wisconsin decide based mostly on a legislation that the punitive damages couldn’t exceed double the quantity of compensatory damages.
Then that punitive quantity was diminished once more by an appeals court docket in 2020 to simply $140 million, bringing the full awarded to $280 million.
That Seventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals three-judge panel stated in its 2020 determination, “[Tata’s] conduct, whereas reprehensible, was not egregious, and multiplying the substantial compensatory award – calculated on the premise of [Tata’s] profit moderately than Epic’s loss – is pointless to mirror Epic’s unsure financial hurt.”
Epic fought again in 2021 in a writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court docket to assessment its case.
On Monday the Supreme Court docket dominated on the attraction deciding to uphold the seventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals’ determination: Epic will obtain $280 million complete from Tata, a far cry from the unique $940 million awarded again in 2016. Tata is to pay Epic $140 million in punitive damages and one other $140 million in compensatory damages.
Epic Techniques Corp v. Tata Consultancy Companies Ltd, U.S. Supreme Court docket is case No. 20-1426. An Epic spokeswoman declined to touch upon the litigation.
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