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Date: 04-10-2007

Case Style: Dr. Neal Fisher v. Presbyterian Hospital

Case Number: Unknown

Judge: Carl Ginsberg'

Court: 193rd District Court, Dallas County, Texas

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Marty Rose and Mike Richardson of Rose Walker, L.L.P, Dallas, Texas

Defendant's Attorney: Unknown


Dr. Neal Fisher sued Presbyterian Hospital on defamation and breach of contract theories claiming that the defendant for accusing him of abusing alcohol and drugs, and making false accusations about his administrative and medical abilities after he voiced concerns about the hospital's business practices. Dr. Neal Fisher was a shareholder in Dallas-based Pinnacle Anesthesia Consultants, P.A., which provides obstetric anesthesiology services to Presbyterian Hospital. Although Pinnacle would advertise as being "in- network" for all major health care plans, it had in fact adopted a business plan of intentionally being "out-of-network" for its services. By billing out-of-network, Pinnacle collected higher revenues than it would have by matching patients with in-network doctors. Pinnacle then fired him even though it had no proof of the charges and in fact believed most of them to be false. Fisher voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing of samples of his blood and hair, through Presbyterian's own Impaired Physician Program. He claimed that he lost millions income from the loss of his privileges at the hospital and from the damage to his reputation.

The defenses asserted by Presbyterian Hospital are not available.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $6.3 million.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: None

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