Texas Hospital Has Immunity In Ex-Worker's Contract Suit

Law360, Dallas (November 15, 2012, 4:20 PM EST) -- A Texas hospital on Wednesday dodged a breach of contract suit brought by a former employee, as an appellate court ruled the hospital hadn’t waived its sovereign immunity by withholding money from the employee’s paychecks for a legal insurance plan.

The court said Richland Hospital Authority’s practice of withholding about $14 a month from Pacidus Nnamdi Duru’s paychecks — which he alleged formed a contract to provide him legal services — did not meet the Texas Tort Claims Act standard for waiving immunity. The act allows...
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