Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I have previously discussed the legal battle between the estate of Huguette Clark and the Beth Israel Medical Center over allegations that the hospital billed Clark for unnecessary treatment and applied undue influence to obtain millions in donations. Last week the case was dismissed by Manhattan Surrogate Judge Nora S. Anderson because the statute of limitations on the claim had run. The lawsuit was initially brought by a New York City public administrator who has control over the estate because the decedent has no close relatives. Judge Anderson has stated that a separate lawsuit might be able to be brought against two physicians and a nurse who received about $3.6 million in gifts from Ms. Clark while taking care of her.
See James C. McKinley Jr., Estate of Heiress Loses Fight to Recover Millions in Donations From Hospital, The New York Times, August 25, 2015.