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Ky. Court Nixes $21M Award In Unnecessary Pacemaker Suit

Law360 (August 10, 2018, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A Kentucky appellate panel on Friday vacated a jury’s $21.2 million award in a suit accusing a hospital and a surgeon of unnecessarily implanting a pacemaker in a patient, saying a new trial is necessary since certain claims against the two defendants should’ve been tried separately.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel ordered a new trial in a suit accusing Dr. Anis Chalhoub and Saint Joseph London Hospital of implanting a pacemaker device in patient Kevin Wells that was medically unnecessary, which caused health problems and impacted Wells’ job as a truck driver. The panel also limited the amount of punitive...

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