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Kaiser-Georgetown Community Health Plan, Inc. v. Stutsman

491 A.2d 502 (1985)

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Kaiser-Georgetown Community Health Plan, Inc. v. Stutsman

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

491 A.2d 502 (1985)

Facts

Mary Stutsman (plaintiff) claimed that she was injured while receiving medical treatment at a facility operated by Kaiser-Georgetown Community Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser-Georgetown) (defendant). Stutsman was a resident of Virginia but was employed in the District of Columbia and was covered by Kaiser-Georgetown’s health-maintenance organization (HMO) by virtue of that employment. Kaiser-Georgetown was a District of Columbia entity but operated facilities in Virginia, including the facility at which Stutsman was treated. Virginia law imposed a damages cap on medical-malpractice actions. District of Columbia law did not. The trial court held that District of Columbia law should control. Kaiser-Georgetown appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Mack, J.)

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