Lawsuit alleges Medtronic bribed doctors - Duluth News Tribune
BY CHRIS WILLIAMS
MINNEAPOLIS - A whistleblower lawsuit alleges medical device maker Medtronic Inc. improperly paid millions of dollars to more than a dozen doctors around the United States, prompting them to perform unnecessary spinal surgeries and otherwise affecting their judgment.
One surgeon allegedly was paid $400,000 for eight days of consulting per year. Another surgeon received $1.39 million from 2001 through May 2005, according to a lawsuit filed by Jacqueline Kay Poteet, a former employee of subsidiary Medtronic Sofamor Danek.