Shannen Doherty Seeks Sanctions Against Former Managers in Fraud Lawsuit
Shannen Doherty is seeking sanctions against employees at her former management firm who she alleges fraudulently obtained confidential medical information from insurance providers by impersonating the actress. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star revealed her breast cancer battle in August after letting the news slip in a lawsuit filed against bosses at Tanner Mainstain, who allegedly ignored a medical insurance bill which cost her her coverage last year.
As a result, Doherty missed a number of check-ups and when she was eventually able to get an appointment under her renewed coverage, she was diagnosed with cancer – something medical experts believe may have been caught earlier had she had a routine physical in 2014. She subsequently uncovered evidence of “criminal conduct” to back up her case with audio recordings purportedly featuring a Tanner Mainstain worker posing as Doherty in a bid to uncover details about the missed payment in an effort to prove the management firm’s bosses never received the insurance invoice. Now in papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday and obtained by TheWrap.com, Doherty’s legal team is ramping up their suit against her ex-managers, requesting a judge to enter default judgment. “There can be no greater abuse of the litigation process than a defendant using fraud and false impersonation to obtain the plaintiff’s confidential medical records for use in the defense of the litigation,” the papers read. “Such behavior is not only illegal, but justifies the heaviest sanctions available – terminating sanctions.” In the documents, Doherty is requesting that employees of Tanner Mainstain be blocked from using evidence from her health plan on or after July 8, when the first alleged fraudulent call to health insurers were made. Additionally, Doherty claims they overcharged her by thousands of dollars in management fees, and also failed to properly manager her tax affairs. She is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.