Hospital Not Liable For Doctor Fees, Calif. Appeals Court Says

Law360, New York (May 10, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action over Watsonville Hospital Corp.’s alleged failure to prevent emergency room doctors at the hospital charging excessive fees, ruling it is not responsible for the independently contracted doctors’ rates.

The Court of Appeal panel upheld a Superior Court ruling granting several demurrers and summary judgment to WHC over plaintiffs Maria and Rafael Leon’s allegations that the hospital had failed to advise them that its ER doctors — independent contractors employed by another company...
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