A cardiologist sues a hospital for damaging his rep. The hospital loses. Big time:
A Dallas hospital and one of its top officials were ordered to pay $22.5 million to a cardiologist who claimed they damaged his reputation.
A jury had awarded the doctor $360 million after a 2004 trial, but the judge cut that amount last month.
Dr. Lawrence Poliner said many of his patients came from referrals from the emergency room and other doctors at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He said competing doctors raised unsubstantiated concerns about his work, leading to a suspension of his medical privileges at the hospital.
The judge ordered the hospital to pay Poliner almost $9.8 million and ordered Dr. James Knochel, who was chairman of the internal medicine department, to pay almost $12.8 million.