The orthopedic surgeon who invented the Jackson Table has prevailed in his lawsuit alleging that the table's manufacturer failed to pay him a share of royalties over the course of 10 years.
In a March 26 ruling, a federal court ordered Mizuho Orthopedic Systems to pay Kansas City, Mo., surgeon Roger P. Jackson, MD, $12.2 million in damages and interest.
According to a published report, the arrangement Dr. Jackson struck with a California manufacturer in 1990 (which was later purchased by Mizuho) provided for royalties from the sale of the table that bears his name as well as its accessories.
But, according to the lawsuit, between 2001 and 2011 Mizuho had neglected to pay Dr. Jackson royalties on a disposable patient care kit and replacement parts for the table, even as it profited from their distribution and sale.
Dr. Jackson, a surgeon at North Kansas City Hospital since 1979, invented the commonly used spine surgery table in the late 1980s.