Defense closings set in Vegas hep C insurers case

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Updated: 3/28/2013 11:17 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Defense lawyers are due to tell jurors that Nevada's largest health management company didn't cause two women to contract incurable hepatitis C during treatment at a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic in 2005.

Attorneys for Health Plan of Nevada and parent company Sierra Health Services Inc. make closing arguments Thursday in a civil lawsuit alleging the companies are liable for a community hepatitis outbreak called the worst in U.S. history.

They say former clinic owner Dr. Dipak Desai is to blame.

Lawyers for plaintiffs Helen Meyer and Bonnie Brunson accuse the companies of putting profits over safety.

They want the Clark County District Court civil court jury to award tens of millions of dollars in compensatory damages.

They expect to also seek up to $1 billion in punitive damages.

 

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