Union Ordered To Pay Fine For Defamation

Law360, New York (July 24, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ruling that a labor union defamed hospital group Sutter Health, a California jury ordered the union to pay nearly $17.3 million in damages for mass mailing postcards saying the hospital’s linens were unsanitary.

The Placer, County, Calif. jury reached the decision Friday after three days of deliberations following a three-week trial.

“We are pleased that leaders of UNITE HERE have been held legally accountable for recklessly frightening patients and the public through outrageous and false allegations," said Michael Roosevelt, chair of the Sutter Health Board of...
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