Hospital Shouldn't Be Sanctioned In FCA Kickback Suit: Judge

Law360, New York (December 11, 2013, 6:58 PM EST) -- A Florida magistrate judge’s report on Wednesday recommended denying sanctions against Halifax Hospital Medical Center for destroying patient records in a suit alleging it paid kickbacks and admitted Medicare patients for needless overnight stays, saying a whistleblower didn't show the evidence was crucial to her case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith recommended that the district court deny Elin Baklid-Kunz's motion for sanctions, saying she failed to demonstrate that crucial evidence was destroyed, and he also recommended that the court find that spoliation has not been...
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