Dentsply fails to overturn $44M verdict

A federal judge has rejected Dentsply International's bid to overturn a $44 million jury verdict in a breach of contract case with Guidance Endodontics, according to Law360.

Guidance argued successfully that Dentsply broke a 2008 agreement to supply Guidance with endodontic tools because it wanted to weaken Guidance as a competitor.

Judge James Browning of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on July 1 rejected Dentsply's motion to set aside the jury's October verdict in which Dentsply was ordered to pay $4 million in compensatory and $40 million in punitive damages.

Dentsply believed the jury's decision was "clearly not supported by the facts in the case nor the applicable law, the company stated in a press release.

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