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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Huguette Saga Continues


The recent Huguette Clark settlement saw $1 million go to Beth Israel, the hospital the copper heiress lived in for the last twenty years of her life.  The executors of her estate are now suing the hospital for $105 million, alleging the hospital, as well as Clark’s primary doctor, put profit ahead of medical duty by extracting millions in rent and gifts.

The suit seeks from the hospital $45 million for breach of fiduciary duty, $50 million in punitive damages, and a $3 million Manet painting allegedly given under pressure. 

The estate also wants $1.7 million plus $5 million in punitive damages from her doctor, Henry Singman, who got $100,000 in the settlement.  The executors allege Singman “had persuasive powers” over the heiress and received over $800,000 in gifts.

The parties are due to be back in court this January.

See Julia Marsh, Huguette Clark’s Estate Sues Beth Israel for ‘Secluding Healthy Heiress’, New York Post, Nov. 21, 2013.


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