CHARLESTON – A man is suing Charleston Area Medical Center and Healthport Technologies LLC after he claims they violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

John Doe Billing Companies 1 through 10 were also named as defendants in the suit.

Skip Dean filed the class action on behalf of himself and other patients who requested copies of their medical records from the defendants and were invoiced for the services in excess of what is allowed by West Virginia code, according to a complaint filed April 21 in Kanawha Circuit Court and removed to federal court on May 31.

On June 1, 2014, Dean claims he requested medical records from CAMC and it and the other defendants refused to produce the medical records unless payments exceeding the amount permitted under West Virginia code were made to the defendants’ representatives.

The defendants were overcharging for the records and demanded excess fees per page to product the records, according to the suit.

Dean claims the defendants breached implied contract and breached their contract with him and the patients.

The defendants’ actions resulted in damages to the plaintiff and other patients, according to the suit.

Dean is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Erica Lord and D. Adrian Hoosier of Lord Hoosier PLLC; Steven P. New and Amanda Taylor of the Law Office of Stephen P. New; and Steven S. Wolfe and J. Christopher White of Wolfe White & Associates.

Healthport Technologies is represented by Jeffrey A. Holmstrand of Grove, Holmstrand & Delk PLLC.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 2:16-cv-04925

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