US court halved the damages from TCS to USD 420 million in Epic Systems suit

Vastavam web:  IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today said a US court has more than halved the compensatory and punitive damages demanded from the company to USD 420 million in a lawsuit filed by Epic Systems Corporation.The matter relates to a US grand jury order that slapped two Tata group companies Tata Consultancy Services and Tata America International Corp with a USD 940 million fine in a trade secret lawsuit filed against them by Epic in April 2016.
“Partially granting TCS motion, the court significantly reduced the compensatory and punitive damages of USD 940 million awarded by the July verdict in April 2016, to USD 420 million,” TCS said in a regulatory filing issued today.Epic had accused TCS and Tata America International Corp, in a lawsuit filed in October, 2014 in US District Court in Madison which was amended in January and December 2015, of “brazenly stealing trade secrets, confidential information, documents and data” belonging to Epic.
The Wisconsin court in April 2016 had ruled the two Tata group companies to pay USD 240 million to Epic Systems for allegedly ripping off its software, besides USD 700 million as punitive damages.TCS said the order will not have any impact on second quarter financial results expected on October 12.