Kimberly-Clark and its spinoff medical-technology firm Halyard Health have been hit with $454 million in compensatory and punitive damages after a federal jury in Los Angeles found that the companies misled California buyers about the impermeability of their MicroCool surgical gowns, according to an Associated Press report.
Jurors returned the verdict on April 7 in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 400 hospitals and health centers in the state.
The lawsuit claimed that the gowns were falsely represented as providing protection against serious diseases.
Kimberly-Clark said that it would appeal the verdict, which it called “baseless and excessive.” The company claims that nearly 70 million MicroCool gowns have been sold without a single complaint of injury.
Source: Associated Press/Business Insider; April 11, 2017.