Medical Org. Owes $47M To Dermatologist In Bias Row: Jury
By Kurt Orzeck (February 12, 2016, 9:53 PM EST) -- A California federal jury on Thursday awarded $47 million in damages to a dermatologist who accused a nonprofit that grants certification credentials to physicians of terminating her membership after she alleged that its leadership circulated pornographic and racially biased emails.
In three verdicts, the jury decided that the American Association of Physician Specialists Inc. and its former president Robert Cerrato owe $27 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages to Patricia Stewart. She claimed the organization suspended the membership of physicians who investigated its leadership, then ousted her when she sought reinstatement of the would-be whistleblowers.
The group insisted it...
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