Houston Hospital Can't Ax Doc's $6.4M Defamation Award

Law360 (August 15, 2019, 6:13 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court on Thursday affirmed a $6.4 million jury verdict in favor of a cardiothoracic surgeon who alleged he was defamed by a whisper campaign launched by officials with Memorial Hermann Health System after he moved his practice.

In a 67-page opinion, the First Court of Appeals rejected Memorial Hermann's numerous attacks on the sufficiency of the evidence presented at trial, including that Dr. Miguel Gomez III failed to negate other possible causes for his drop in business that the hospital's experts had presented to the jury.

Memorial Hermann had also argued that Gomez failed to show the allegedly...

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