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California Supreme Court: medical staff bylaws deviations do not necessarily create unfairness

In El-Attar vs. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a unanimous California Supreme Court decided that a violation of a hospital’s medical staff bylaws is not grounds for invalidating the hospital’s final peer review decision unless the violation produces “some injustice.” In so holding, the Supreme Court confirmed that longstanding principles in both case and statutory law will not be overcome by technical deviations from the procedural rules governing peer review proceedings.