IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 11 Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) and Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced today that it retained $30,064,684 from a payment from Covidien, following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' October 2009 affirmance of a Federal District Court decision that Tyco Healthcare, now Covidien, violated the antitrust laws through anticompetitive business practices related to the sale of its pulse oximetry products. The decision found that Covidien had unlawfully maintained monopoly power in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act, and that Covidien's sole-source agreements and market-share based compliance pricing contracts constituted unlawful restraints of trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and unlawful exclusive dealing in violation of Section 3 of the Clayton Act. The Ninth Circuit also stated that above-cost bundling discounts when combined with sole-source or market-share-based compliance contracts can be anticompetitive when such practices involve a significant portion of the market. The suit was originally filed by Masimo in 2002. The judgment against Covidien for the antitrust violations was for $43.5 Million; however, the total payment, after reimbursement for legal fees, costs, and interest was $58,982,215. The portion of the total payment from Covidien that was not retained by Masimo was paid to the law firm that handled the trial for Masimo.
Some confusion seems to have occurred in the last few days as a result of another ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2010 in the Allied Orthopedic Appliances case against Covidien. The Allied Orthopedic case has no impact on the finding of antitrust liability in the Masimo case. As noted by the District Court Judge in the Allied Orthopedic decision when referencing the Masimo antitrust case against Covidien, "the instant case [referring to Allied Orthopedic] is 'entirely different' and focuses on overcharges paid by customers on pulse oximetry consumables as a result of Tyco's [now Covidien] foreclosure of generic sensor manufacturers."
Joe E. Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo, stated: "We are happy to have received the payment, but we are hopeful that the results that we have fought will be served, which is to help improve patient care while also reducing cost by improving caregivers' access to cost-effective, innovative products. This ruling is the result of one of many efforts Masimo has pursued for many years to open markets so that medical products are judged on their merits rather than artificial restraints on hospital purchasing. Opening competition in the pulse oximetry market has caused pulse oximetry pricing to decrease by over 30%. But, also, many people's lives were either saved or improved as a direct result of their access to Masimo pulse oximeters. "
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) develops innovative monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care--helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET®, which virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent and objective studies demonstrate Masimo SET provides the most reliable SpO2 and pulse rate measurements even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced Masimo Rainbow SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM), a breakthrough noninvasive blood constituent monitoring platform that can measure many blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures. Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry continuously and noninvasively measures total hemoglobin (SpHb(TM)), oxygen content (SpOC(TM)), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), PVI®, in addition to oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), pulse rate (PR), and perfusion index (PI), allowing early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening conditions. In 2009, Masimo introduced Rainbow SET Acoustic Monitoring, offering continuous and noninvasive respiration rate (RRa(TM)) from an innovative acoustic sensor applied to the patient's neck. Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring is accurate, easy-to-use, and enhances patient compliance - which may help clinicians detect respiratory compromise and patient distress earlier and offer a breakthrough in patient safety. Founded in 1989, Masimo has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at www.masimo.com.
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