Hospital slams ManorCare hepatitis C lawsuit

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“Simply untrue” is how defense attorneys described allegations in a lawsuit filed against a hospital by skilled nursing giant ManorCare and victims of the largest hepatitis C outbreak in recent history.

Attorneys for Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND, filed a response requesting that the recent lawsuit be thrown out, claiming that ManorCare and the 21 victims who jointly filed the suit didn't follow proper legal procedure. The response also maintains that the allegations in the suit are “impertinent and simply untrue,” and were only filed to “draw media attention and bias the jury pool,” the Associated Press reported.

“Trinity's motion is nothing more than their latest effort to delay the victims' day in court,” Todd Miller, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told the AP.

ManorCare is seeking unspecified damages for economic harm, personal injury and at least three wrongful death claims. The provider also is requesting compensation for the drugs required to treat victims of the outbreak, which affected more than 40 facility residents.