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Jon Schwalbach and Jim Kjar defense wrongful suspension case

A dermatologist practicing in a large Southern California medical group had his privileges revoked for failing to practice in a safe and reasonable matter. He appealed to a Superior Court Judicial Review Committee who overturned the findings of the medical group and found that the group’s actions were not reasonable. A lawsuit by the doctor against the group followed. Numerous medical experts were called by both sides. The physician claimed over $5M dollars in future economic damages and emotional distress over his inability to work. The medical group defended the case on the theory that it had sufficient reasons to revoke the doctor’s privileges due to patient safety issues. the group further argued that the court that overturned the decision did not have the full information that the group did when it acted. After a 9 day binding arbitration in front of a former Superior Court judge a complete defense award was rendered.