Aultman Appeal Thrown Out - Corrupt Activities Verdict Stands
All seven Justices of the Ohio State Supreme Court today unanimously dismissed Aultman Health Foundation's appeal from the verdict against it which found Aultman had violated Ohio statutes and engaged in a Pattern of Corrupt Activities. The Supreme Court's decision allows the 2010 Stark County Common Pleas Court's verdict of over $10 million - the largest business or commercial verdict in Stark County history - to stand. Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione presided over the nine week jury trial, the longest civil trial in Stark County history, and has previously overruled Aultman's post-verdict motions to set aside the verdict. Every court that has reviewed Aultman's secret payments of millions of charitable foundation dollars to a select group of health insurance brokers has unanimously ruled not to disturb the judgment that the payments constituted corrupt activities.