- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jury selection is underway in Las Vegas for a civil breach-of-contract lawsuit that a plaintiff’s lawyer says could cost Nevada’s largest health management organization as much as $1 billion for referring patients to a doctor blamed for a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

Attorney Robert Eglet tells KXNT Radio (http://cbsloc.al/ZFajwZ ) he’ll prove Health Plan of Nevada knew about shoddy medical practices at endoscopy clinics owned by Dipak Desai, and negligently put insured members at risk.

The insurance provider says Desai and clinic staff members were responsible for the hepatitis C outbreak, and have been held accountable.

Desai was convicted last year of criminal charges including second-degree murder.

He’s serving 18 years to life in state prison and faces trial next year in federal court on conspiracy and health-care fraud charges.

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