US jury fines Tata Consultancy Services $940m for healthcare software ‘theft’

Speaking of a contractor’s employees exceeding authorized access, Chidanand Rajghatta reports that a Wisconsin federal jury slapped a $940-million penalty, including $700 million in punitive damages, on Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for allegedly stealing healthcare software from an American company, Epic Systems.

Epic Systems, a US-based electronics medical records vendor, had accused TCS of stealing documents and other confidential information tied to the software it builds for healthcare companies to manage billing, insurance benefits management and referral services.

It said a TCS employee reviewed Epic’s intellectual property under the pretence of doing consulting work for Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed health care company in the U.S, and in doing so downloaded Epic’s proprietary software to help build a rival system.



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