Becker's reported on two cases involving an orthopedic settlement or verdict in the last two weeks.
1. Reliance Medical reached a $1 million settlement over allegations of paying kickbacks to surgeons. The settlement stems from a multiyear legal saga. A criminal investigation against the company was initiated in 2010 and concluded in 2019 with no charges filed against Reliance. A 2014 government civil lawsuit alleged Reliance Medical paid physician investors to use its products based on the volume of units sold.
2. A jury awarded a man more than $111 million in damages as a result of alleged negligent care provided by Sartell, Minn.-based St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates in relation to surgery on his left leg, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for Minnesota on May 17.