Friday, August 12, 2005



Plaintiffs Score Win in Hospital 'Patient Dumping' Case

In a significant win for plaintiffs bringing claims under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Assisted Labor Act -- a law designed to prohibit hospitals from engaging in a practice known as "patient dumping" -- a federal judge has ruled that such a plaintiff need not show that she was indigent or uninsured to invoke the law.

The 22-page opinion in Love v. Rancocas Hospital by U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas of the District of New Jersey marks the first time that any judge within the courts of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has addressed EMTALA's requirements.


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