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Suit says Medtronic gave doctors perks

Wall Street Journal (subscription required), September 25, 2008

A lawsuit brought by a former Metronic Inc. lawyer alleges the big medical-device maker gave surgeons a variety of incentives to use its products, including regular entertainment at a Memphis strip club, trips to Alaska, and patent royalties on inventions they played no part in. The unit's business relationships with doctors who use its spinal-repair implants are being investigated by Sen. Charles Grassley and have been the focus of lawsuits by other former employees.