Robinson Bradshaw Represents Atrium Health in Business Court Win



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July 6, 2018

Atrium Health, represented by Robinson Bradshaw, secured a favorable ruling in the North Carolina Business Court on June 22. Judge Michael L. Robinson denied a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent Atrium Health from transitioning its anesthesiology service contracts from Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants to a new provider on July 1, 2018.

Robinson Bradshaw attorneys Martin L. Brackett Jr., David C. Wright III and Jonathan C. Krisko represented Atrium Health in accelerated preliminary injunction proceedings, along with attorneys Nathan C. Chase Jr., Erik R. Zimmerman and Gabriel Wright.

The plaintiffs, all of which are affiliates of Florida-based Mednax Inc., contended that Atrium Health and its new anesthesiology provider, Scope Anesthesia of North Carolina, had misappropriated trade secrets. The court ruled the plaintiffs failed to show "a likelihood of success on the merits of their misappropriation of trade secrets claim" and denied their request for a broad injunction.

The court did require in its ruling that Atrium Health and Scope refrain from soliciting SAC anesthesiologists and other employees for period of time. In response, Atrium Health noted this "requirement of the court will have no impact on Atrium Health and the transition to Scope Anesthesia on July 1, since Scope has filled its roster with eminently talented physicians."

To learn more about the case, please see a sampling of media coverage below.

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