RESTRICTIVE COVENANT UNENFORCEABLE
BY SURVIVING SPOUSE
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a medical practice corporation, ownership of which had transferred from the deceased sole physician shareholder to his spouse and which was converted to a business corporation by state law, could not enforce a restrictive covenant because it could not practice medicine and had no enforceable interest. This same result could apply in Pennsylvania because it has the same combination of corporate practice of medicine and professional corporation laws. The Virginia case is Parikh v. Family Care Center and the case is available at: http://op.bna.com/hl.nsf/id/psts-6z2sn8/$File/parkikh.pdf. Although liquidated damages would prejudice your injunction rights, liquidated damages would be an effective resolution for this problem.
RADIOLOGIST DENIED ANTI-TRUST RELIEF
DESPITE PROVING CONSPIRACY
Dr. Saskia V. W. Hilton failed to demonstrate that “competition in the market for pediatric radiology services” was injured despite producing evidence that would have supported finding of an anti-competitive conduct by this hospital and its existing pediatric radiologist. The classic position is that the law protects competition not competitors.
CALIFORNIA PHYSICIAN NOT DAMAGED
BY BOARD CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT
A California physician lost his medical staff privileges when he failed to meet the hospital’s new board certification requirements was found not to be entitled to pursue an action in court for damages relating to the termination of his clinical privileges because the court rule that the decision of the hospital, under California law, was a quasi legislative act of general application, in the form of the adoption of minimum qualification standards for clinical privileges, which did not create an individual cause of action. See: Tran vs. MissionHospitalRegionalMedicalCenter at: