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July 3, 2013

Judge hears lawsuit


According to court documents, Martin claimed he was given repeated assurances by Medical Associates' former CFO Jim Holstein in late 2008 that he was on track for his draws. But at the year's end, Holstein claimed Martin was overdrawn by $66,000 and his future bi-weekly draws would be cut from $10,416 to $5,208.

Martin's attorney, Mark Schweibert, pointed out that Holstein waited a number of months before informing Martin that he was overdrawn.

"Mr. Holstein botched that pretty seriously," Schweibert said.

In court documents, Martin alleged Medical Associate's decision to cut his pay forced him to resign. Martin submitted his letter of resignation on Feb. 20, 2009 announcing his intent to resign when his contract expired in July 2009.

On April 8, 2009, Martin was informed that based on earlier distributions and projected revenues, his draw for the next quarter would be zero. His last day at Medical Associates was May 4, 2009.

Court testimony suggested Martin was over another $42,000 in his draws for 2009, bringing the total amount he was allegedly overdrawn by the time he left Medical Associates to $108,000. Dobbyn testified that Martin has yet to repay any of the amount he was allegedly overdrawn.

In his counterclaim, Martin asserted representations were made by Medical Associates prior to his agreement being signed that the business for a general surgeon such as himself would be sufficient for him to make more than the $250,000 he made in the first year of his contract.

Martin also alleged Medical Associates failed to provide him referral and support services, including the needed staff to optimize income for Medical Associates and himself.

During the trial Tuesday, Martin's attorney argued details of his contract were contrary to the claims made in Medical Associate's suit, such as the amount that Martin was allegedly overdrawn and the deductions made from his earnings. He also alleged the company's non-competition policy, which stated he could not practice within a 50-mile radius once leaving Medical Associates, caused him financial damage.

According to court documents, Martin claimed $188,545 in damages from Medical Associates in the form of underpaid wages, relocation and other expenses.

Judge Nancy Tabor heard arguments from both parties on Tuesday and will make her ruling in the case within 60 days.

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