Brockovich did not have the legal standing to file the lawsuits, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said in rulings last week. The judge dismissed lawsuits filed by Brockovich against HealthSouth Corp.; Vanguard Health Systems Inc.; Promise Healthcare Inc.; Kindred Healthcare Inc. and 카지노사이트
Brockovich "is not a Medicare patient ... and has no injury that she can allege," attorney Mark Johnson, a San Diego attorney who represents some of the defendants, said Tuesday. "We're hopeful that the cases will be dismissed across the board."
The cases were dismissed with prejudice, meaning Brockovich cannot refile them in federal court, although she can appeal.
Brockovich, who gained fame when Julia Roberts won the best actress Oscar for portraying her in the 2000 film "Erin Brockovich," sued more than 30 California hospitals and nursing homes or their corporate owners earlier this year.
The lawsuits claimed the facilities improperly billed Medicare for millions of dollars to pay for follow-up treatment of patients who were the victims of neglect or medical mistakes. Medicare is the government-funded health insurance program
that primarily serves the elderly.
However, the lawsuits listed no actual cases of abuse. Brockovich's lawyers said they were hoping to find evidence of wrongdoing when attorneys began investigating before trial in the process known as discovery.
A hearing on motions to dismiss more than two dozen other related lawsuits filed by Brockovich is scheduled for Nov. 7 in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., while a federal judge in San Diego has taken two cases under submission there, Johnson said.