On June 17, 2014, the Idaho Supreme Court affirmed the October 2011 jury verdict that found Saint Alphonsus liable for establishing and supporting a competitor of MRI Associates while still a partner in MRI Associates and interfering with the relationships between MRI Associates and the physicians who had previously referred their patients to MRI Associates for magnetic-resonance-imaging scans.
In 2007, attorney Wade Woodard and others represented a magnetic resonance imaging partnership (MRIA) in a jury trial against Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. MRIA alleged that (SARMC) had breached fiduciary duties when it departed MRIA to join a competitive imaging business. After a four week trial, the jury found for MRIA, awarding $63.5 million. Because this was twice the amount of damages asked for, the amount was reduced to $35 million.
On appeal, the judgment was reversed and remanded for a new trial. In 2011, after eight weeks of trial, a jury again returned a verdict in favor of MRIA, this time in the amount of $52 million.