Doyle LLP has secured a major victory in its ongoing case against Memorial Hermann Health System arising from defamation, business disparagement, and tortious interference that harmed a Houston, Texas cardiothoracic surgeon. On August 15, 2019, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas issued an opinion rejecting Memorial Hermann’s effort to overturn the jury’s $6.3 million verdict and the 333rd District Court of Harris County’s Final Judgment
In a 67-page unanimous opinion, drafted by Justice Evelyn V. Keyes, the First Court of Appeals conducted a detailed review of the factual and legal arguments made by Memorial Hermann in an attempt to overturn the jury’s verdict. The First Court of Appeals’ opinion overruled every single appellate point raised by Memorial Hermann. Among other evidence relied upon by the First Court of Appeals was the testimony of multiple other physicians, including one physician who called Memorial Hermann’s actions “atrocious, damaging, [and] way over the line.” The Court concluded by stating, “We affirm the judgment of the trial court.”
The First Court of Appeals Opinion is a significant victory in Doyle LLP’s ongoing fight against Memorial Hermann. However, it does not necessarily end the case because Memorial Hermann is legally permitted to appeal further, including to the Supreme Court of Texas. Doyle LLP’s attorneys are proud to continue in their fight to allow their client to rebuild his reputation. If you have suffered from defamation by a hospital system or misuse of a hospital peer review process, Doyle LLP’s attorneys stand ready to assist in evaluating your potential claim.