Jury Awards Doc $6.4M In Houston Hospital Defamation Suit

By Michelle Casady (March 30, 2017, 6:28 PM EDT) -- A Houston jury on Wednesday returned a $6.4 million verdict in favor of a local cardiothoracic surgeon who had alleged Memorial Hermann Health System leaders conspired to ruin his reputation after he decided to move his practice to a different hospital.

The jury deliberated for two days before finding in favor of Dr. Miguel Gomez III, on claims he had been defamed and harmed by the hospital. He presented evidence at trial to support his claims that included internal Memorial Hermann documents Gomez gained access to only after taking that fight all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. The high...

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