B. Braun sues Moog for contract violation

B. Braun Medical has hauled Moog to court for allegedly violating its contract to supply medical pumps.

B. Braun had held exclusive North American distribution rights for electronic pumps and related equipment that are used to deliver IV meds. But the contract expired in February, and Moog moved to build its own direct sales force. However, Braun alleges in court documents that its distribution agreement gave it exclusive rights to sell those pump products to certain customers through May 28 and to other customers through March 2014, according to the Buffalo News.

In addition, B. Braun alleges Moog has "refused to honor any B. Braun purchase order for the products unless it incorporates a price increase unilaterally imposed by [Moog] far in excess of the applicable Consumer Price Index," Braun's attorney said in a letter to Delaware Chancery Court Judge Donald Parsons.

Moog started more than 50 years ago as a designer and supplier of aircraft and missile components. It has since expanded into a number of areas, including medical devices. Back in 2006, B. Braun announced the companies would continue and expand their relationship after Moog completed its acquisition of Curlin Medical. B. Braun was the exclusive North American distributor of Curlin infusion pumps.

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