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 found the companies misled California buyers about the impermeability of their MicroCool surgical gowns.
Jurors in Los Angeles returned the verdict in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 400 hospitals and health centers in California.
The lawsuit claimed the gowns were falsely represented as providing protection against serious diseases.
Kimberly-Clark said in a statement Monday that it would appeal the verdict, which it called baseless and excessive. The company says nearly 70 million MicroCool gowns have been sold without a single injury complaint.
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