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HPRP Class Action Update: Case Pending Class Certification

By Ronald W. Chapman, II

As many are aware, Chapman Law Group filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of three nurses and a P.A., against the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP) and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) for forcing health professionals into unnecessary substance abuse treatment and suspending their licenses for failure to comply. The suit is currently ongoing but given that this is such an important issue for many of our clients, we intend to provide regular updates regarding the status of the litigation.

We are currently in the “class certification stage”. This is where the court determines whether or not it is better to resolve the dispute with a class action or multiple individual lawsuits. We filed a motion for class certification last year and have taken the deposition of the Plaintiff’s expert, Dr. Wes Boyd, a Harvard professor and consultant who has worked with a number of Physician Health Programs. The Defense has also retained an expert and we intend on deposing their expert early this year. In a few months, we expect that the court will ultimately decide our class certification motion. In the event a class is certified, notices will be submitted to all health professionals who were members in HPRP during the relevant time period.

Please stay tuned to the Chapman Law Group website for more updates regarding the HPRP class action.

Previous Updates:

Federal Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Suit (April 1, 2016)

Chapman Law Group Files Class Action Against HPRP (February 28, 2015)