San Francisco settles lawsuit
against Brown and Toland
By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service
October 16, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced
today that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought
by his office and Chinese Hospital against a San Francisco medical
The civil lawsuit was filed in April against Brown & Toland
Medical Group in San Francisco Superior Court.
The terms of the settlement are confidential, according to Herrera's
office, but Brown & Toland will pay $100,000 to the city's
general fund, according to deputy press secretary Alexis Truchan.
The lawsuit filed April 10 alleged that Brown & Toland's
dominant position in San Francisco's health care market threatened
Chinese Hospital's ability to continue to serve its patients.
In the lawsuit, Herrera and Chinese Hospital charged Brown &
Toland with "coercing doctors affiliated with the Chinese
Community Health Care Association into exclusive dealing commitments
so as to monopolize the market for physician services, and potentially
shut down San Francisco's last independent private hospital,"
according to a statement released by Herrera.
The lawsuit also accused the medical group of using its market
power to "fixing prices and engaging in predatory business
Chinese Hospital on Jackson Street in the Chinatown neighborhood
has provided health care to the Chinese community since 1899,
according to Herrera's office.
It is the last remaining independent private hospital in San
Francisco and provides care to many Medicare and Medi-Cal eligible
city residents, Herrera's office reported.
Brown & Toland has more than 1,500 physician members who
serve approximately 260,000 patients, according to information
from Herrera's office.
According to Dr. Eric Leung, president of the Chinese Community
Health Care Association, the settlement will create solutions.
"We are pleased that physicians who are members of both
the CCHCA and Brown & Toland are able to continue to work
on behalf of the Chinese Hospital system, and that Brown &
Toland physicians would be able to continue to serve our community
as consultants of CCHCA, which has been a long and beneficial
The CCHA is a nonprofit association with more than 170 physician
members serving more than 27,000 patients mainly through Chinese
Hospital, according to a statement from Herrera's office.
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