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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hospital That Reaped Millions From Wealthy Heiress Benefits From Legal Loophole

HeiressThe Beth Israel Medical Center does not owe the estate of Huguette Clark any money because the statute of limitations on the hospital’s alleged crime ran out.  The hospital was accused of placing the wealthy heiress in a private room for close to 20 years for no medical reason and receiving millions from her estate.  Clark’s estate sued the hospital for upwards of $95 million, but Manhattan Surrogate Court Justice Nora Anderson dismissed the case because the State’s statute of limitations period ran out on the case.  The important lesson to take away from this is to always seek out legal advice on any potential claim as soon as possible to avoid violating any local statute of limitations period. 

See Julia Marsh, Hospital doesn’t owe Huguette Clark’s estate due to loophole, The New York Post, August 24, 2015.


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