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Case Law Update: Tortuous Interference with Medical Malpractice

Botvinick v. Rush University Medical Center, No. 08-1966 (7/24/09) affirmed that the district court not err in granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment in action alleging that defendants tortiously interfered with plaintiff’s expectation of future employment by providing potential employer with false and petty information about plaintiff’s reputation. Three defendants provided unrebutted affidavits that they did not provided any information to potential employer about plaintiff’s qualifications to be anesthesiologist. Moreover, plaintiff failed to present evidence that information provided by fourth defendant played any role in decision by third-party not to hire plaintiff, and plaintiff otherwise failed to obtain any discovery from potential employer. This Illinois decision will have an effect on medical malpractice cases.