A federal jury ordered a local medical device manufacturer to pay at least $27 million to a former distributor for interfering with the distributor’s business.
According to court documents and trial testimony, the dispute started in 2012, when San Diego-based NuVasive, Inc. allegedly fired Madsen Medical, a Nevada medical supply company that sold NuVasive products to hospitals and surgeons in Las Vegas and Reno.
Madsen Medical’s owner, Kris Madsen, claimed NuVasive, which makes devices for spinal surgery, breached its contract with Madsen by hiring six of Madsen’s sales representatives and having them sell directly to Madsen’s former clients.
The San Diego jury heard 13 days of evidence and argument in the dispute. After several hours of deliberating on Friday, jurors sided with Madsen Medical.