MCCORMICK BARSTOW CLIENT'S AWARD INCREASED TO $4.8 MILLION DOLLARS
Madera, CA (January 31, 2013) – In a hearing this afternoon in the Madera County Superior Court , Dr. Muhammad Anwar was awarded an additional $ 1,514,289.40 in costs of suit and prejudgment interest, on top of the $3,300,000 awarded to Dr. Anwar by a Madera County jury on November 8, 2012, against the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. By a 12-0 vote, the jury found that the State breached a contract with Dr. Anwar and unfairly interfered with his right to receive benefits in violation of their duty of good faith and fair dealing. Today’s decision brings the total judgment in Dr. Anwar’s favor to $4,814,289.40. That amount is now earning post-judgment interest of $923.29 per day. The court also denied the State’s motion requesting a new trial at today’s hearing, finding that there was substantial evidence to support the jury’s verdict.
In 1990, Dr. Anwar provided surgical services to inmates at Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla under a State contract. When Valley State Prison for Women opened in 1995, Dr. Anwar also began providing surgical services to its inmates. Over the years, California’s prison population ballooned, and Dr. Anwar restricted his own private practice to provide surgical care to the women inmates in these large Chowchilla prisons. In the summer of 2005, CDCR abruptly terminated Dr. Anwar without notice or explanation. It took seven years to get the case in front of a jury. After deliberation, the jury concluded that the State breached its longtime contract with Dr. Anwar, violated his State Constitutional rights and awarded him monetary damages. Dr. Anwar was represented by attorney Mike Ball of Fresno’s McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth law firm