Court cuts Tata Consultancy Services fine in Epic trade secret case in half

EHR giant Epic will receive $480 million, a move to conform with state law.
By Bernie Monegain
11:58 AM
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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.

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