July 29th, 2010

Lim Ruger Successfully Defends Major Local Hospital in a Legal Battle Over Attorney Fees

Los Angeles Superior Court rejected an attempt by two Korean American doctors to obtain over $400,000 in legal fees from a major local hospital represented by Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP.  The doctors are no longer permitted to practice anesthesiology at the hospital because they lack medical board certification in that specialty.  However, they sued the hospital and their own medical group claiming race and age discrimination.  After a legal skirmish over whether the case should be decided by an arbitrator or a judge, the doctors filed a motion for attorney fees.  On July 14th , Superior Court Judge Rex Heeseman denied the doctors’ request.  The hospital maintains it did not discriminate against any doctors and points out that it has many older Korean physicians on its staff.  The hospital affirms that it implemented the board certification requirement to ensure the highest quality of care for all its patients.

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