Hospital CEO sues 'non-patients' for $30M over conspiracy claims

Long Beach, Calif.-based Healthsmart Pacific CEO Michael D. Drobot has filed a lawsuit against 30 people who he alleges filed false and malicious lawsuits against him.

Last year, each of the 30 individuals filed complaints alleging Mr. Drobot and Healthsmart Pacific's former hospital Pacific Hospital of Long Beach (Calif.) conspired with physicians to insert counterfeit screws into their spines.  

Mr. Drobot has now filed a lawsuit against the 30 individuals along with their lawyers claiming they sued him for a "nonexistent counterfeit screw" conspiracy. He claims the individuals and their lawyers filed the conspiracy lawsuits even though they knew none of the individuals had received medical treatment at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach.

Mr. Drobot filed his lawsuit about five weeks after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed most of the civil conspiracy charges brought against him.

According to Mr. Drobot, he filed suit against the three law firms that represented the 30 "non-patients." The three firms named are: Kabateck, Brown, Kellner; Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy; and Knox Ricksen.

This isn't the first lawsuit Mr. Drobot has filed against the law firms that represented those who filed the conspiracy cases against him. In October 2014, Mr. Drobot and Healthsmart Pacific filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the attorneys. That lawsuit is still pending.

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