Cincinnati, Ohio October 23, 2012 – On October 18 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio, Circuit Court Judge Robert McGinnis ruled from the bench in favor of former St. Luke CEO, Nancy (Kremer) Barone, in the case filed against her by St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boone County, Kentucky.
The Court found that St. Elizabeth, which merged with St. Luke in 2008, failed to establish any element of its claim of breach of duty against Barone. At the conclusion of the evidence in the case, which was tried to the court rather than a jury, Judge McGinnis also affirmatively ruled that Barone had fulfilled her duties as the former CEO of St. Luke.
Barone’s attorney, Janet G. Abaray of Burg Simpson in Cincinnati, Ohio stated: “The Court’s ruling is a complete vindication for Ms. Barone. The evidence proved that at all times she acted in good faith and in the best interests of St. Luke Hospital.”
Prior to the trial, which began on October 8 and included five days of testimony, the Court dismissed St. Elizabeth’s claims of misrepresentation and ruled in favor of Barone that St. Elizabeth must pay her severance benefits. Counterclaims by Barone seeking damages arising from the accusations made against her by St. Elizabeth remain under consideration by the Court.
With offices in Denver, Cincinnati, Cody, and Phoenix, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., is a firm of award winning national trial lawyers, practicing in the areas of personal injury, mass torts, class actions, medical malpractice, dangerous drug litigation, defective products, insurance bad faith, employment law, workers compensation, social security disability, commercial litigation, and securities litigation.
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Janet G. Abaray
Managing Partner, Cincinnati Office