Hospital's lawsuit moved to federal court

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — One of the many civil lawsuits filed in response to the 2012 hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital is being moved to federal court.

David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for infecting dozens of patients through painkiller syringes tainted with his blood. Meanwhile, many of his victims are suing the hospital, and the hospital is suing both Kwiatkowski and the staffing agencies that sent him around the country.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mG9Lgu) that the hospital's suit is an attempt to force the agencies to contribute to the financial settlements reached with patients. The hospital wanted to keep the case in Rockingham County Superior Court, but a judge ruled this week that the case should be heard in federal court because Kwiatkowski is not a New Hampshire resident.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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