Montana high court rejects malpractice suit

Montana high court rejects malpractice suit

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Jun 01, 2001
By dvm360.com staff

Helena, Mont.-Montana Supreme Court justices have turned down a claim that Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (CSU-VTH) should be open to long-arm jurisdiction for an equine malpractice lawsuit because it operated a Web site.

The case, Threlkeld vs. State of Colorado, was filed early last year and unanimously dismissed last December.

The Threlkelds, who are Appaloosa horse breeders, were fighting CSU in court since their premier stud died at the VTH in 1996 while having neurological testing done.

The Threlkelds subsequently sued CSU for veterinary malpractice, later amending their complaint to include deceit, negligent misrepresentation and fraud.

CSU attorneys then moved to dismiss the complaint, claiming lack of personal jurisdiction.

Read Associate Editor Jennifer Fiala's full article in the June issue of DVM Newsmagazine.