Mayo Clinic settles lawsuit against Dr. Franklin Cockerill
From a Mayo spokesperson yesterday:
Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories have reached a settlement with Dr. Franklin Cockerill in the lawsuit Mayo commenced against Dr. Cockerill in October 2014. In exchange for Mayo dismissing its lawsuit, Dr. Cockerill has agreed to the following terms: (1) for a period of two years, Dr. Cockerill will not work or consult for Mayo’s largest competitors, which are specifically designated in the settlement agreement, (2) Dr. Cockerill will return all confidential information taken from Mayo, and provide assurances that he will not use or disclose any such information in the future, and (3) financial payment toward a portion of the expenses Mayo incurred in the litigation.
Mayo Clinic did not take this action lightly. However, we firmly believe that legal action was necessary to protect our confidential and trade secret information against improper disclosure. We understand that our staff members move to other organizations, and, when they do so in a transparent manner, we can cooperatively manage any conflicts-of-interest during their transition and we can protect our confidential and trade secret information.
For those who do not know, Dr. Cockerill was the chairman of the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and chief of Mayo Medical Laboratories until September 30, 2014, when he left to become the Chief Laboratory Officer of Quest Diagnostics.
Mayo filed a lawsuit against Dr. Cockerill about two weeks after he began his new position that alleged he, among other things, misappropriated Mayo’s trade secrets.
Pediatrician gets 37 months in prison for accepting laboratory kickbacks
Dr. Demetrios Gabriel, a 46 year old pediatrician in the New York City area, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and fined $75,000 for accepting approximately $4500 per month in kickbacks from New Jersey-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS) in exchange for specimen referrals.
Dr. Gabriel pleaded guilty to the charge against him in February 2014. At that time, he also agreed to forfeit all $200,000 he received in kickback payments from BLS.
All told, 33 people involved in the scheme, 22 of whom are physicians, have pled guilty to the charges against them related to the BLS scheme.
Bostwick Laboratories sells Tennessee property to Andre Agassi for $1.5 million
Since his retirement in 2006, Mr. Agassi has worked to fund charter schools, and the property will be used to house his second school.
Aurora Diagnostics hires Mr. Rei Lopez as new VP of Hospital Operations
Mr. Lopez has been in the health care industry for 31 years, having most recently served as Corporate Director of Laboratory Operations for Universal Health Services of Delaware, Inc.
Judge denies reduced bond request for alleged Sonnier murder mastermind
Judge Jim Bob Darnell has denied the request of Amarillo plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon to have his $10 million bond reduced.
Prosecutors alleged Dr. Dixon paid David Neal Shepard $9,000 in silver bars to murder Dr. Joseph Sonnier, chief pathologist at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock Texas. Dr. Sonnier was found shot and stabbed at his home in July 2012.
Last month, after a three week trial and only seven hours of deliberation, the jury determined it was hopelessly deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial. I have not seen whether the prosecutor will attempt to re-try Dr. Dixon, who has been in prison ever since his arrest in July 2012.
MS Supreme Court orders new trial in another case in which Dr. Steven Hayne testified
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled a trial judge made a serious error when he denied LeeVester Brown’s request for money to hire a forensic pathology expert to review an autopsy conducted by former Mississippi medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne.
Mr. Brown was convicted of capital murder in the 2003 death of his son, Le’Anthony, who Mr. Brown claimed choked on milk and cereal.
Dr. Hayne conducted the autopsy on the child, and despite the fact both the emergency room physician who attended to Le’Anthony and Dr. Hayne himself noted no cuts, scratches, bruises, or any other type of traumatic injury were present on Le’Anthony’s body, Dr. Hayne determined the child had been shaken to death and ruled the death a homicide.