A Santa Barbara County based company which makes breast implants has lost a major lawsuit against a competitor.
Mentor sued Sientra, claiming that it engaged in anti-competitive behavior in 2012, by hiring a number of key Mentor employees after the new company received FDA approval to sell implants.
More than a dozen members of Mentor’s sales staff left to join the new company.
Following a two month long Santa Barbara County Superior Court trial, a jury ruled in favor of Sientra.
Mentor is owned by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.