3B Medical sues ResMed for antitrust violations
LAKE WALES, Fla. – 3B Medical has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against ResMed for antitrust violations. 3B Medical’s complaint alleges that ResMed is “choosing winners and losers in the CMS competitive bidding process (with) preferential pricing, creating an environment of fear and bullying among customers, and interfering in 3B Medical’s business relationships.” “This action is intended to restore competition, increase patient choice and lower product pricing for sleep products,” stated Daniel Kotchen of Kotchen & Low, 3B Medical’s attorney. In a statement following the filing, ResMed’s global general counsel, David Pendarvis, said there is no substance to the claims in the case. “ResMed conducts business in an ethical and lawful manner,” he stated. “Physicians, customers and patient prefer our products because they are better. We expect to win this case if it is brought to trial.” Pendarvis also pointed out that ResMed recently won a case for patent infringement against 3B Medical and its Chinese-based manufacturer, BMC Medical Co.