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Federal Court’s Ruling Peter Klune et al v. Palo Verde Health Care Distric

Palo Verde Healthcare District was pleased to receive today the order of the Federal District Court in the lawsuit filed against it by former employees, Peter Klune, Dennis Rutherford and Tara Barth.  Following a two week trial in April, 2015, the District Court issued a comprehensive ruling finding in favor of PVHD on all of the claims that were presented at trial.  Today’s ruling follows prior orders issued by the District Court that earlier dismissed all of the claims asserted against individual PVHD Board Members Sandra Hudson, Sam Burton, and Trina Sartin. The District Court had also issued pre-trial orders dismissing all of the claims asserted by Tara Barth, as well as a number of the claims that had been asserted by remaining plaintiffs Klune and Rutherford. 

Board President Trina Sartin commented, “This has been a very serious ordeal for our hospital, and for our Board, and we are gratified by the Court’s order and look forward to continuing the important work and great mission of our Hospital, and its dedicated employees.” 

Please direct any inquiries you may have on this matter to Sandra Anaya, CEO of Palo Verde Healthcare District.