Punitives Out In Surgical Robot Case; Defendant Says Plaintiff Verdict Possible

(April 20, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT) -- SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A California state court judge on April 18 said a jury about to begin deliberations in a da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit will not consider punitive damages, according to defendant Intuitive Surgical Inc. (Michelle Zarick, et al. v Intuitive Surgical, Inc., No. 2012-1-cv-23723, Calif. Super., Santa Clara Co.).

Intuitive spokesman Justin Higgs told Mealey Publications that Judge Mark H. Pierce of the Santa Clara County Superior Court “held that the plaintiff had not established a basis for punitive damages.” Intuitive made the...
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