Court cuts Tata Consultancy Services fine in Epic trade secret case in half
EHR giant Epic Systems will be receiving less than it expected in its trade secret lawsuit against Mumbai, India-based conglomerate Tata Consultancy Services.
In April 2016, a Wisconsin court jury awarded Epic $940 million in the case. But Epic subsequently asked a federal court to reduce the award to conform with state law.
Wisconsin law caps punitive damages at twice that of compensatory damages.
Earlier this year Epic asked a federal court to cut the $940 million a jury had awarded to $720 million in order for the company to comply the state law.
However, over the weekend, a U.S. jury went a step further and more than halved the original $940 million TCS would have had to pay to $420 million.
Epic filed a lawsuit against TCS in 2016 claiming that while TCS employees worked as consultants at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Portland, Oregon, during an Epic EHR implementation they created a fake user account to take more than 6,000 documents that contained Epic development information.
TCS countered it had not misused or benefitted from the documents it had downloaded.