Epic awarded $940M in IP lawsuit

Epic Systems won $940 million in a trade secret lawsuit against Indian IT provider Tata Consultancies.

A Wisconsin jury sided with the EHR giant in the suit that began in 2014 with charges that Tata illicitly downloaded documentation for software it had been hired to help install at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, according to a Reuters report. 

The jury in federal court in Wisconsin found in Epic's favor on seven claims including breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and unfair enrichment. It awarded $240 million in compensatory damages and $700 million in punitive damages, court documents said.

Tata plans to appeal the decision, the company said in a statement.

"The jury's verdict on liability and damages was unexpected as the company believes they are unsupported by the evidence presented during the trial," the statement said. "The company did not misuse or derive any benefit from downloaded documents from Epic Systems' user-web portal."