OC firm ordered to pay $5.4M to former salesmen

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County medical technology company has been ordered pay $5.4 million in damages to two former salesmen in a suit that claims they were forced to sell equipment the firm knew to be faulty.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1eWxF7w ) an arbitration judge agreed with the plaintiffs' contention that Masimo's senior executives were aware that two noninvasive devices for monitoring blood gave unreliable readings.

The damages award is subject to confirmation by a court. Irvine-based Masimo, which had insisted on going through an arbitrator, will ask a federal judge to overturn the judgment.

The plaintiffs, Michael Ruhe and Vicente Catala, claimed that being forced to sell devices they knew to be faulty created an intolerable work environment that led them to resign.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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