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2005 News Releases

News Release #046
 

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE # 46

FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA


The Opinion handed down on the 17th day of June, 2005, is as follows:


BY KIMBALL, J.:


2004-C- 1485 RANDY HANKS, ET AL. v. DR. A. KENT SEALE, ET AL.(Parish of Calcasieu)
For the above reasons, we conclude that the Fund is precluded from appealing a district court's judgment of liability against a qualified health care provider when the qualified health care provider has elected not to appeal that finding and has satisfied the judgment against him. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the court of appeal denying the Fund's right to contest liability and refusing to consider the Fund's assignment of error regarding the jury's finding of liability. Furthermore, we affirm the court of appeal's judgment upholding the jury's award of future medical expenses.
AFFIRMED.

CALOGERO, C.J., concurs and assigns reasons.
VICTORY, J., dissents in part and assigns reasons.

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