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Ethics Committee Chair Sued for Role in Futility Case

I have previously collected lawsuits brought against ethics consultants and ethics committee members. Most of those were brought in the context of medical futility disputes.

In March 2015, Ben Taub Hospital used the conflict resolution mechanism in the Texas Advance Directives Act against Aphaeus Ohakweh.

The patient’s family then sued Dr. John Michael Halphen, an employee of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, based solely upon his role as the chairman of the Harris Health System Ethics Committee.

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