Judge rules in ambulance lawsuit involving two local hospitals
by MBJ Staff
Published: January 27,2014
Tags: ambulance AAA Ambulance Service, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, bench, court, Forrest General Hospital, health care, hospital, justice, lawsuit, legal, medical, medicine, Rackateer Influenced and COrrupt Organizations Act, Wade Spruill, Wesley Medical Center, William Reed
HATTIESBURG — Years after Wesley Medical Center filed a lawsuit against AAA Ambulance Service, its CEO Wade Spruill and Forrest General for allegedly denying local residents their choice of hospitals for trauma care, a judge has ruled in Forrest General’s favor, according to Forrest General.
“Wesley conceded that it did not have valid claims against Forrest General for defamation and torturious interference with business relations as originally alleged,” said attorney William N. Reed of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., who represents Forrest General.
According to Reed, the court ruled that Forrest General was not liable for conspiracy to restrain trade in violation of the anti-trust laws or conspiracy to kidnap patients in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
“In short, every claim asserted by Wesley was resolved in favor of Forrest General. Therefore, Wesley is not entitled to recover damages, and Forrest General and AAA will not be required to alter their business practices regarding the transportation and treatment of trauma patients,” said Reed.
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