Lawyers ask hepatitis C jury to award $2.5 billion
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Plaintiffs' attorneys are asking a Nevada state court jury to find the state's largest health management organization liable for a stunning $2.5 billion punitive damage award in a Las Vegas hepatitis exposure case.
Attorney Robert Eglet asked the Clark County District Court civil jury on Monday to take a percentage of Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health Services profits to send a message to other U.S. corporations.
Company lawyer D. Lee Roberts Jr. is arguing that awarding billions of dollars wouldn't be "reasonable or proportionate." He says the jury already sent a message last Thursday. That's when jurors awarded $24 million in compensatory damages to three plaintiffs, including two women who got hepatitis C during outpatient procedures in 2005 at a clinic in the Health Plan of Nevada network.