UnitedHealth Hit With $500M Punitives Verdict In Hep C Case

Law360, Los Angeles (April 9, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT) -- Two United HealthCare Services Inc. units must pay $500 million in punitive damages for negligently failing to monitor a doctor responsible for a hepatitis C outbreak that infected the two plaintiffs in the case, a jury decided late Tuesday in Nevada state court.

Health maintenance organization Health Plan of Nevada and parent company Sierra Health Services Inc. — both UnitedHealth subsidiaries — were responsible for massive punitive damages over the hepatitis C infections of plaintiffs Bonnie Brunson and Helen Meyer. The Tuesday verdict came five days...
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