10 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

From a jury awarding nearly $34 million to the parents of a boy who suffered severe brain damage at a Maryland hospital, to a Michigan health system and two physicians paying $69 million to settle False Claims Act allegations, here are 10 hospital lawsuits and settlements reported by Becker's since March 21:

1. Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the system of charging some unvaccinated employees more for health insurance.

2. A Maryland jury awarded almost $34 million to the parents of a boy who suffered severe brain damage at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson after being delivered by emergency C-section, despite no indication of fetal distress. 

3. Saginaw, Mich.-based Covenant HealthCare and two physicians paid more than $69 million in three civil settlements to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act. 

4. A whistleblower lawsuit filed against Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System alleges hospital leaders knowingly overlapped surgeries and allowed trainees to operate without physician supervision, leading to patient safety issues and illegal billing practices. 

5. A court awarded $20 million to a man who alleged that his left leg had to be amputated after his blood clot was misdiagnosed as sciatica by staff at Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital.

6. Samer Ilayan, MD, is suing Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Corewell Health for alleged religious discrimination that resulted in his termination. 

7. Two new mothers filed complaints with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights after they were drug tested without their knowledge or consent and then reported for neglect or abuse based on the positive test results at Hackensack  University Medical Center and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. 

8. Lanham, Md.-based Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center and Diagnostic Imaging Associates agreed to pay more than $2 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. 

9. The MetroHealth System in Cleveland and its board of trustees filed a motion to dismiss retaliation and intimidation claims from its former president and CEO. 

10. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health agreed to pay $6 million to settle an alleged violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. 

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