Healthcare Legal Case Studies
Healthcare is an industry that is constantly changing, at times leaving people at all ends of the process in a legal grey area. Over the years, Cummins & White, LLP has continually displayed the ability to navigate this evolving field with a balanced approach that pulls from our years of shared experience, knowledge, and dedication to understanding our clients’ needs. As the case studies below show, we’ve tackled everything within the Healthcare Industry from wrongful termination and breach of contract to defending the licenses of medical professionals and much more.
CARDIAC NURSE PRACTITIONER ESCAPES LICENSE REVOCATION & END OF CAREER Highlights Cummins & White’s expertise in dealing with the Board of Registered Nursing and the state Attorney General’s office helped it successfully represent a cardiology nurse practitioner charged with incompetence and facing revocation of her license. Attorney and nurse practitioner Melanie Balestra compiled substantial mitigating [...]
NURSE AVOIDS FELONY CONVICTION & LOSS OF LICENSE WHEN PATIENT DIES Highlights Cummins & White’s expertise in dealing with the Board of Registered Nursing helped it successfully represent a nurse charged with manslaughter while caring for a patient. Attorney Melanie Balestra partnered with a criminal defense attorney who focused on the nurse’s outstanding career and [...]
DEFENSE OF CONSTRUCTIVE DISCHARGE & SEXUAL HARRASSMENT CLAIMS In this employment case filed in Orange County Superior Court, the Plaintiff claimed that she was sexually harassed and constructively discharged from her position with Hospital Foundation (Client) because of a hostile work environment. Attorney, Karen Taillon successfully stayed the Superior Court action and enforced the Employee [...]
PLAN’S FAILURE TO PAY CONTRACT RATES ON MANAGED CARE NETWORK CONTRACTS Four Adventist Health/West hospitals sued Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Multiplan Inc. for damages resulting from the way in which Kaiser adjudicated and paid claims for Kaiser senior enrollees receiving services at these hospitals through the Multiplan network of providers. After extensive [...]
SMALL INSURANCE AGENCY WINS BIG AWARD FROM BLUE SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA Highlights Based on Karen L. Taillon’s expertise in contract law and experience dealing with managed care plans, Cummins & White, LLP successfully represented WMC Insurance Services, Inc., in arbitration for breach of agency contract, receiving an award of more than $3.8 million. Blue Shield [...]
QUIET TITLE TO HOSPITAL REAL PROPERTY The Plaintiff filed an action against a hospital claiming a prescriptive easement across the hospital’s property for access to his adjoining property. Attorney, Karen Taillon filed a cross-complaint to quiet title, and after extensive discovery and negotiations, successfully resolved the entire action on the eve of trial through a [...]