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Novara Law Firm Obtains “No Cause” Verdict Due To Medical Provider's Fraud


Novara Tesija & Catenacci, PLLC (NTC) announced today that attorneys Marc McDonald and Kaitlyn Cramer recently obtained a “no cause” jury verdict for their insurance industry client after a three-day trial in Oakland County, MI.

Plaintiff, a medical provider, sought six figures in outstanding bills for physical therapy provided to two patients. Over the course of discovery, the patients were found to have made multiple misrepresentations regarding their prior medical history. Moreover, Plaintiff had billed NTC’s client nearly five times more than most physical therapy providers.

Ultimately, Judge Cheryl Matthews granted a partial directed verdict as to one of the patients, finding that her misrepresentations were fraudulent, thus barring any claims by Plaintiff related to her. The trial continued as to the remaining bills, but the NTC defense team took a unique stance, arguing to the jury that Plaintiff’s act of exorbitantly billing also constituted fraud as well.

After brief deliberations, the jury rendered a “no cause” verdict, agreeing that the Plaintiff provider had committed fraud. And as a result, Plaintiff’s claim was entirely dismissed.

Novara, Tesija & Catenacci, headquartered in Troy, MI, was founded over 40 years ago to serve clients impacted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Since that time, the Firm’s services have expanded to include corporate, real estate, labor, tax and insurance defense. The Firm maintains satellite offices in Southfield, MI and Las Vegas, NV. For more information, please visit www.ntclaw.com.

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