Intuitive Wants To Vaporize Antitrust Suit: No Relevant Aftermarket Distinct From Da Vinci
A group of health care providers’ class action against Intuitive Surgical alleges that the firm’s sales agreements are anticompetitive, requiring costly repairs and instrument replacements that might otherwise be purchased from independent companies. According to Intuitive, plaintiffs must demonstrate sufficient demand for da Vinci parts and services separate from da Vinci systems.
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