Successfully Concluding Decade-Long Litigation
We successfully concluded 10 years of litigation in a case of first impression in California arising out of the removal of a Chief-of-Staff Elect (COSE) after having been found by the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) to be no longer in good standing under the medical staff bylaws.
In the matter of Bhupinder Bhandari vs. Washington Township Local Healthcare District the MEC concluded Dr. Bhandari violated the Code of Conduct and undermined the reputation of the hospital by allowing himself to be interviewed in a feature length film produced by a disciplined physician. The district and the other defendants (including the medical staff, the CEO, the VPMA and four individual physicians), successfully prosecuted and won two Court of Appeal decisions granted under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, dismissal of half of the causes of action, and resulting in the trial court imposing mandatory attorney’s fees against Dr. Bhandari in the amount of $260,000. The matter was resolved during a settlement conference in the Alameda Superior Court one month before trial, resulting in the dismissal of the MEC and all individual defendants, and fair compensation to Dr. Bhandari under the circumstances.