Hospital Sues PR Firm For Libel Over Hepatitis C Outbreak

By Emma Cueto (November 6, 2017, 7:31 PM EST) -- A North Dakota hospital filed suit in federal court Monday, claiming that a public affairs company had made false statements about the hospital's connection to an outbreak of hepatitis C at a local nursing home.

Trinity Hospitals accused the Markham Group LLC and several of its employees of masterminding a community group's campaign against the hospital, including making false statements that the hospital staff reused needles and were definitively responsible for the hepatitis C outbreak from 2011 to 2013.

"The false statements published by defendants have injured Trinity's reputation in Minot, [North Dakota], hindered Trinity's ability to provide health care services...

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