McKool Smith Ousted From CHS Whistleblower Suit

Law360, New York (December 13, 2011, 4:36 PM EST) -- A New Mexico federal judge on Monday disqualified McKool Smith PC from a whistleblower suit accusing Community Health Systems Inc. of Medicaid fraud, saying the firm had a conflict of interest because some of its attorneys had represented CHS in a previous dispute.

The conflict of interest stems from the September merger of Hennigan Dorman LLP, which represented whistleblower Robert C. Baker in the current suit, with McKool Smith, which had previously represented CHS, according to U.S. District Judge William Johnson's order.

Baker, who has accused...
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