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US court slaps $940 million penalty on TCS for stealing healthcare software

Washington: A Wisconsin federal jury on Friday slapped a $940 million penalty on India’s largest IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for allegedly stealing healthcare software from an American company, Epic Systems.

Epic Systems, a leading provider of medical records systems used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the US, had filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging TCS illicitly downloaded documentation for software it had been hired to help install at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in order to build a competing product called Med Mantra, according to court documents.

TCS said it would appeal against the verdict. According to TCS, it had not misused or derived any benefit from documents downloaded from Epic System’s user web portal. The company said it did not misuse or benefit from any of the said information for the development of Med Mantra which it implemented for Apollo Hospitals in India in 2009, reports ToI.

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