Hep C Jury Reaches Verdict in Punitive Damages

LAS VEGAS -- Jurors in the Las Vegas Hepatitis C trial have reached a verdict in the punitive damages phase of the case. 

The jury awarded $500 million in punitive damages to the three plaintiffs, including two women who were infected with Hepatitis C during outpatient procedures in the Health Plan of Nevada network.

Health Plan of Nevada is liable for $270 million in punitive damages and Sierra Health Services was made liable for $230 million in punitive damages.

UnitedHealthcare acquired Sierra Health in 2008. Sierra Health was the parent company to Health Plan of Nevada, which was also acquired by UnitedHealthcare. 

The punitive damages phase went to the jury Monday afternoon. Last week, the jury awarded $24 million in compensatory damages to the three plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs' attorneys had asked jurors to find the state's largest health management organization liable for $2.5 billion in punitive damages.

 

 


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