Posted by Liberty Global Healthcare on Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:08:10 The Liberty Global Corporation, formerly known as Sigma Services Corporation LLC, has been found guilty by a federal jury in a separate case of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The verdict was announced by US District Judge David Carter in Los Angeles, California.
“We are gratified by the jury’s verdict, which confirms our commitment to upholding the ADA and ensuring all Americans with disabilities have equal access to healthcare,” Liberty Global President, CEO and Chairman Michael A. Stegall said in a statement.
“The verdict confirms the fact that all Americans deserve to be treated equally, regardless of their disability.”
The Justice Department’s civil rights division has opened a civil rights investigation into the case.
In October 2017, a judge granted an injunction against Sigma Services Corp. and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which ordered Sigma to comply with the ADA in its operations and in its business practices.
However, the ruling has been appealed by Sigma and HHS.
“While we are disappointed with the verdict, we are pleased that the DOJ’s investigation found that Sigma had not disclosed to the ADA that it had a patient with a life-threatening disease, a condition that Sigma has been working to address,” Stegell said.
“As we work with the DOJ, we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure that Sigma is able to continue serving the ADA needs of our patients.”
The judge said that Sigma should be held accountable for its “failures to disclose,” including its failure to inform the patient’s family of the diagnosis of the disease.
“There is no justification for Sigma’s failure to disclose that the patient was on Medicaid,” Carter said.
He said Sigma failed to provide the family with information about the patient that could have helped the family understand what had happened.
The verdict will also be effective as of March 31, 2020, and can be appealed.
The company is appealing the verdict.
“This case has been extremely challenging for our company and our employees,” StEGALL said.
Sigma will now pay a $250,000 fine and have its operations suspended for a year.
“At the end of the day, the American people expect the government to follow its own law and not be influenced by special interest groups,” StGEll said.
Sigma, which has offices in California and Illinois, has previously been involved in lawsuits against state governments over the ADA.
In March, it was found liable for violating the ADA after a federal judge in New York ordered the company to remove “misleading advertisements” about its plans for Medicaid.
The case is SGA v.
HUD, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 15-cv-00442.