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Settlement coming in federal stent lawsuit?

1a-St-Josephs-Medical-CenterMF01_webLawyers in a potential class-action lawsuit involving patients who allege they received unnecessary stents at St. Joseph Medical Center are working really hard to avoid a trial.

The federal lawsuit, filed in January 2013, accuses Catholic Health Initiatives Inc., St. Joseph’s former owner, of collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from the stent procedures. Many were performed by former doctor Mark Midei, who is described in the lawsuit as the hospital’s “haloed rainmaker.”

The plaintiffs are represented by some high-profile names in medical liability and litigation: Janet, Jenner & Suggs LLC in Pikesville, The Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos P.C. in Baltimore and Murphy Falcon & Murphy in Baltimore.

The plaintiffs allege fraud, unjust enrichment and negligence, among other counts. They also ask that CHI provide medical insurance to those who lost insurance after undergoing a stent implant and that the company be prevented from withdrawing proceeds from the sale of St. Joseph to the University of Maryland Medical System in 2012.

But the two sides have held multiple mediation sessions in the last four months, according to court records. The first two sessions were last October, prompting Judge Marvin J. Garbis on Oct. 24 to suspend the scheduling order.

In November, Garbis agreed to stay the case through the end of December as the sides continued to meet. Last week, Garbis agreed to extend the stay through March 7 after both sides said they continued to hold settlement talks.

We’ll keep you posted.