Doctors at the center of the current hepatitis C investigation will soon be questioned by attorneys who represent hundreds of patients of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.
But attorneys may not get the answers they want.
For months, the judge protected the doctors from giving depositions in this case because of the criminal investigation pending against them. Now he's decided to lift that protective order.
The four main doctors of the clinic, including Dr. Dipak Desai, have been ordered by the judge to make themselves available for a deposition with plaintiff attorneys in the next 30 days. Attorneys want to ask them questions about procedures at the clinic, who worked there and who they contracted with.
Attorneys say getting these answers is the backbone of their entire case. "We're hopeful that the defendants will be cooperative with us. The plaintiffs are losing patience, the judge is losing patience and we want Dr. Desai to answer routine questions," said attorney Ed Bernstein.
Attorneys for the doctors tried arguing against this order, saying if their clients pleaded the fifth, it might be seen as a negative move.
Although the judge did not rule in their favor, they say their clients will still plead the fifth, because of the criminal investigation pending against them.
The doctor's attorneys declined comment.
The District Attorney's Office has not said when or if criminal charges will for sure be filed. Attorneys here think it will happen late this year or early next.
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