A federal jury in Memphis, Tenn., ordered Medtronic to pay $400 million in punitive damages to Gary Michelson, a physician-inventor who sued the company for allegedly violating agreements and infringing on his patent rights for spinal implants. The punitive damages are in addition to $110 million in compensatory damages awarded to Michelson last month. He had asked for $1.7 billion. Punitive damages were awarded in a separate proceeding. In a news release, Medtronic officials called the amount "unjustified and excessive" and said the company intends to appeal. The officials said the damages were awarded against its subsidiary Medtronic Sofamor Danek and that the agreements between Michelson and the subsidiary remain in effect. Last month the jury found that Medtronic violated some of the provisions of its technology agreement with Michelson and his company, Karlin Technology, and that certain products made by Medtronic infringed on Michelson's patents. -- by Cinda Becker
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