Doctor wins $6.3M in defamation case

A Dallas-area anesthesiologist won a $6.3 million judgment this week against the anesthesiology firm where he once served as a shareholder. A jury awarded Dr. Neal Fisher $6.3 million from Pinnacle Anesthesia Consultants in the defamation and breach of contract case, which arose from Fisher's firing by the practice. Fischer had claimed that Pinnacle fired him after he expressed concern that Pinnacle services were being billed out-of-network. In the suit, Fischer said that when he continued to complain, Pinnacle fabricated charges that he was medically and administratively incompetent, rude and a drug and alcohol abuser, then terminated him. Fischer's attorney told the jury that the lost job and damage to his reputation had cost him millions. Pinnacle executives, meanwhile, continue to contend that Fischer was fired for cause for violating his employment agreement.

To get more details on the suit:
- read this Dallas Business Journal piece