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McNees Attorneys Successfully Defend $6.2 Million Claim

October 15, 2018
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HARRISBURG, Pa. – (October 15, 2018) The Litigation Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC successfully defended a $6.2 million claim against Union County, Pennsylvania medical facility, Evangelical Community Hospital, four individual physicians, and the Hospital’s former CEO. The case was brought by a physician who was suspended in 2012 and then reinstated with a proctoring requirement. It was tried over a three-week period in September 2018. After the close of testimony in the first phase of the trial, the Court granted the Defendants’ motion for directed verdict on behalf of one defendant on one claim. The jury returned a mixed verdict, which was overturned when Judge Michael Sholley granted the Defendants’ Motion for Judgment notwithstanding the verdict. As a result of the verdict and the Judge’s orders, all defendants have immunity from damages pursuant to the federal Healthcare Quality Improvement Act. The case was tried by Carol Steinour Young, Esq. and Dana Chilson, Esq. of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.

Shortly after the verdict, Evangelical’s President and CEO Kendra Aucker stated, “I applaud and am extremely grateful to our counsel at McNees Wallace & Nurick—Carol Steinour Young and Dana Chilson. This case boiled down to our commitment to the safety of our patients and we will never waiver from that commitment.”

McNees Chairman David Kleppinger commented on the success saying, “Carol and Dana exemplify the Firm’s Clients First mentality which leads to successes for our devoted clients like Evangelical Hospital.”

Carol Steinour Young practices in the McNees Litigation, Injunction and Intellectual Property Groups. Carol maintains a broad litigation and counseling practice covering a range of substantive areas in both U.S. federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She represents businesses and individuals in a number of complex commercial matters including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wage and hour disputes, theft of trade secret law, trademark infringement and copyright infringement.

Dana Chilson is a member of the McNees Litigation, Financial Services, Injunction, Eminent Domain and Public Sector Practice Groups, as well as Chair of the Insurance Group. Dana focuses her practice on representing commercial and business clients in complex contract challenges and business disputes. She has extensive experience in counseling on shareholder and corporate rights.

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