Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 12:00 am  

Schlesinger also said that he wouldn’t “cheat you out of anything.. in any way.”

Schlesinger promised to pay Erdem a bonus and get to the bottom of the dispute.

Schlesinger used the email to remind Erdem how close they were.

“You are a partner in my life … you are my friend .. and ‘brother,’” Schlesinger wrote. “It hurts my feelings a lot that you would think i [sic] would in any way shape of form treat you in a way other than as a partner and my dearest friend.. if I have failed you i [sic] am sorry.”

He also told Erdem that they should discuss problems instead of getting “so mad or upset.”

Erdem stopped working for Schlesinger in July 2013.

Court Case

Erdem filed the lawsuit in February and named Schlesinger, Legacy Neurosurgery Center and Arkansas Neurosurgery Clinic as defendants. Erdem is suing on several counts, including fraud and breach of contract. He is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

Kitchens, Erdem’s attorney, told Arkansas Business in February that to win his case, he’ll have to prove that there was an agreement and Schlesinger didn’t follow it. “And Schlesinger deceived Erdem and intended to do it,” Kitchens said at the time.

A three-day jury trial is scheduled for next May before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox.



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