Lamar Pugh, legal counsel for Willis-Knighton Health System, has released the following statement regarding a lawsuit filed by the Biomedical Research Foundation:

"The Court’s denial of a motion filed by BRF to stop Willis-Knighton from opening clinics that had been designed to serve the needs of patients in Shreveport and Bossier City with support from academic faculty physicians at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport was justified based upon the evidence presented in Court by Willis-Knighton. The Court considered the evidence presented by BRF and Vantage and correctly found that it did not demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits or anything more than speculative harm.

Willis-Knighton has a long history of providing a wider patient access to these highly skilled physicians at locations outside the LSU Medical School campus. Willis-Knighton is pleased that, as a result of the Court’s ruling, it can continue to provide enhanced health care services to area citizens.

As the Court recognized, plaintiffs’ complaint is based on allegations that have not yet been proven. We strongly believe that after discovery and further evidence presented to the Court, it will be clear that Willis-Knighton is justified in its actions to expand and enhance the healthcare services for the patients in our region."