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Alvarez-Torres v. Ryder Mem'l Hosp., Inc., No. 08-2351

In plaintiff's action against a hospital and several physicians alleging violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), district court's granting of defendants' motion for summary judgment is affirmed where: 1) plaintiffs failed to establish a violation of the EMTALA stabilization provision, as interpreting the provision to apply where transfer occurs is fully consistent with EMTALA's statutory purpose; 2) district court was entitled to dismiss plaintiffs' state law claims against defendants without prejudice which plainly includes state-law claims against the individual physicians; and 3) district court did not err in dismissing state-law claims brought by plaintiff Taveras, a citizen of Germany, on basis of diversity of jurisdiction as several of the plaintiffs and the defendants are citizens pf Puerto Rico. 

Read Alvarez-Torres v. Ryder Mem'l Hosp., Inc., No. 08-2351

Appellate Information

Appeal from the United State District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

Decided September 4, 2009


Before Howard and Lipez, Circuit Judges, and Woodcock, District Judge.    
Opinion by Lipez, Circuit Judge.


For Appellant: Jose Luis Ubarri

For Appellee:  Teresa M. Garcia-Moll