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Henry Fenton Cites Potvin v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company In Successful Representation of Physician

Henry Fenton took over the representation of a physician seeking relief for her termination by Blue Shield of California from her status as a Blue Shield member physician in the California Court of Appeal, after summary judgment had been granted to Blue Shield by the California Superior Court, when the case was handled by other counsel.

Mr. Fenton contended that the physician had been denied fair procedure by Blue Shield.  In the case of Potvin v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (22 Cal.4th 1060), Mr. Fenton established the right of physicians and other health care providers to a hearing and fair procedure before they could be terminated for denied credentialing by an insurance company, HMO or other health care entity.

Mr. Fenton succeeded in convincing the Court of Appeal (Marin County) to reverse the summary judgment against the physician and, ultimately, succeeded in settling the case on the eve of trial, whereby the termination of the physician was rescinded and the physician obtained a confidential monetary recovery.

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