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April 24, 2014

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Supreme Court says action against doctor not justified

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned a reprimand of a Las Vegas doctor, saying a heated argument between the physician and a patient’s family members did not harm the image of the medical profession.

The court ruled there was no evidence to justify the reprimand and a $1,000 fine against Dr. James Tate by the state Board of Medical Examiners, which regulates physicians in Nevada.

The board had alleged that by engaging in the argument, Tate lowered the reputation of the entire medical profession.

In 2008, a boy was severely burned when he was hit by a vehicle. According to court records, an argument ensued over the boy’s treatment in which the father called Tate a profane name and the doctor responded with an off-color remark directed at the boy’s grandmother.

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