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Nonprofit Wins Suit Over Certifying Unqualified Foreign Doctor

May 20, 2022, 5:12 PM

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates won summary judgment in a lawsuit over its certification of an unqualified impostor, after a federal court in Pennsylvania said claims brought by patients he treated stretched the tort of negligent infliction of emotional distress too far.

Permitting the claims against ECFMG to advance “would impose limitless liability and throw open the courthouse doors to a flood of NIED claims, something against which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has warned,” the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Thursday.

Pennsylvania’s high court hasn’t considered whether plaintiffs can bring a lawsuit for ...