Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hospital doesn’t owe Huguette Clark’s estate due to loophole

Huguette Clark

The Manhattan hospital that kept an elderly heiress in a private room for nearly 20 years for no medical reason — while reaping millions of dollars from her — doesn’t owe her estate a dime thanks to a legal loophole.

Beth Israel Medical Center was facing a $95 million lawsuit from an attorney managing the estate of eccentric copper heiress Huguette Clark, who lived with her childhood dolls in her hospital room for years until she died at 104 in 2011.

Hospital executives charged the widow hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for care that was unnecessary — and bilked millions of dollars more from her with smarmy fake friendships, according to a 2013 suit by the estate administrator.

The hospital should have to pay it back and be penalized another $50 million for its actions, the plaintiffs said.

While Clark’s 19 relatives are not a party to the case, they were set to reap millions if the judge decided against the hospital.

But the statute of limitations ran out on the alleged crimes, Manhattan Surrogate Court Justice Nora Anderson said in her ruling released last week.

“We are hopeful that Beth Israel Medical Center . . . will ultimately answer for its prolonged and rampant financial exploitation of Huguette Clark,” her great-grandnephew, Ian Clark Devine said.

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Hospital doesn’t owe Huguette Clark’s estate due to loophole

See Also:
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Pair Suspended as Executors of Huguette Clark's Will

Huguette Clark's Lawyer Fires Back!

Huguette Clark's Relatives Ask for Independent Guardian

The Late Huguette Clark Victim of Elder Abuse?

Huguette Clark's Will: Who Will Get Her Fortune?

Huguette Clark Signed Two Wills!

Huguette Clark Left $34mil to Nurse

Huguette Clark estate trial delayed 2 days to allow attempt at settlement


Betty said...

Do they even acknowledge any shame in what they did?

B Inberg said...

Shame? Highly unlikely sociopaths do not have a conscience all they see are $$$$ makes them smile knowing what it takes to be held accountable. Loophole statute of limitations is the predators gift and I can see them and others doing this again and again.

Anonymous said...

This case is movie material!

StandUp said...

It is movie material, Anonymous. I agree completely. And we probably don't know the half of it!

Joni Seubert said...

This is where SHE chose to stay. She was a recluse of sorts. She wanted her privacy & this was her decision. I'm sure there was an agreement reached between her & the hospital. Hospital stays are very expensive as we all know. And to have someone "live" there means space taken for would be patients. The only people that "scammed" her out of millions, were her lawyer & accountant. She did what she chose with her money. It was her birthright. God Bless her & I hope she's resting in peace & is happy the way everything turned out.

Finny said...

Joni, I don't know that we know if she chose to stay there or not. Many people in facilities are forced there and drugged into compliance. Do we know if she was drugged in the beginning?