short vlog explaining the lawsuit and fine below and also discusses some similarities re: unethical business practices and thefts of secrets by AG Bell as revealed in Seth Shulman’s “The Telephone Gambit”
other Cochlear Implant lawsuits below
business – briefs
Jury sides with French firm on implant lawsuit
The Denver Post
Posted: 02/25/2011 01:00:00 AM MST
A Denver jury Wednesday awarded $5.9 million to a French company that sued a Boulder firm for misappropriating trade secrets as well as several key employees who could help produce a highly specialized hearing implant for the deaf.
The verdict in Denver District Court for SA Neurtelec and against Otologics came after a three-week trial that detailed how the Boulder company, a manufacturer of an inner-ear hearing device, first planned to buy its competitor for $30 million, then hired away its top talent when the offer was rejected.
At issue is a cochlear implant that could revolutionize the industry because it would be entirely implanted. Currently the technology allows for only half of the device to be implanted.
other lawsuits or problems with CIs
Note: Advanced Bionics has arrested all production and implantations – it is unclear when they will resume manufacturing and implanting their product
Dept of Justice fines Cochlear Americas $880,000 for kickbacks (giving doctors and audiologists perks and points for recommending Cochlear Americas CI and not other brands) and fraud (over charging Medicare and Medicaid for CIs)
FDA sues Advanced Bionics for faulty CI that caused some shocks. Advanced Bionics fined $1.1 million and CEO fined $75,00
2003-2006 Deaths from infections as a result of CI surgery – mostly with Advanced Bionics CIs that have positioners
Numerous recalls – mostly of Advanced Bionics products
1990 the FDA lowered the approved age for implantation to two years
1998 the FDA lowered the approved age to 18 months
2000 the FDA lowered the approved age to 12 months
(note: some Drs are doing bilateral implant surgeries as young as 6 mo in the US)