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The Paynter Law Firm PLLC Announces $383.5M Wrongful Death Verdict


The Paynter Law Firm PLLC Announces $383.5 Million Jury Verdict Awarded for Plaintiffs

On June 27, 2018, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado returned a verdict in favor of plaintiffs in three consolidated cases against DaVita, Inc. (“DaVita”) in the amount of $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $375 million in punitive damages for the three plaintiffs. Plaintiffs in the case were represented by Stuart M. Paynter, Jennifer L. Murray, Celeste H.G. Boyd, and Sara C. Willingham of the Paynter Law Firm PLLC and Robert B. Carey, Molly A. Booker, and E. Tory Beardsley of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.

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Defendant DaVita is one of the largest operators of dialysis centers in the United States, with a network of over 2,000 outpatient dialysis centers throughout 44 states and the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs were family members of individuals who died after being treated at DaVita clinics. They alleged that DaVita administered an acid concentrate, GranuFlo, without informing the patients or their doctors that GranuFlo could affect their acid–base balance and trigger cardiac arrest.

The case went to trial in June 2018 after almost three years of litigation, and plaintiffs prevailed. Stuart Paynter, one of the attorneys for plaintiffs, stated, "Plaintiffs lost their loved ones as a result of DaVita's failure to follow basic safety practices, such as telling patients and their doctors when it administers GranuFlo, a product that has significant risks when used incorrectly and no clinical benefit. The jury sent a clear message that such misconduct will not be tolerated."

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Civil Action N.: 1:15-cv-02106-RBJ (Individual Case Numbers: 16-cv-00834-RBJ, 16-cv-02586-RBJ)

Case Name: Christopher Menchaca v. DaVita, Inc.; Sherri Saldana v. DaVita, Inc. consolidated with Frankquin Hardin, v. DaVita, Inc.

Contact: Erica McAdoo, Firm Manager; (919) 245-3116;

 The Paynter Law Firm PLLC was founded over ten years ago in Washington, D.C. by Wilmington, N.C. native Stuart M. Paynter and found near immediate success and national recognition. Within only a few years, a second office was opened in North Carolina. Paynter Law represents business and consumers on a contingency fee basis in areas such as consumer protection, business/commercial litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, personal injury, wrongful death, and nursing home abuse.