Settlements reached against Michigan cancer doctor


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Patients who filed medical malpractice claims against Detroit-area oncologist Farid Fata and three Michigan hospitals will receive settlements totaling $8 million.

The settlements were approved Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court. They will be distributed by an arbitrator later this year to about 40 people.

Fata is serving a 45-year federal prison sentence for intentionally misdiagnosing or mistreating patients. Many patients were told they had cancer and went through excessive chemotherapy. He was paid millions of dollars by insurance companies.

Fata pleaded guilty in 2014 to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. His assets were to be liquidated.

McKeen & Associates represented some of the people filing claims. Managing Partner Brian McKeen says Fata carried low insurance limits per claim, meaning victims “were never going to receive fair levels of compensation.”