Little Rock Low-T Clinics Servant Healthcare, Arkansas Urology Settle Case

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Apr. 7, 2014 12:00 am  

A high-testosterone legal battle was settled Wednesday between low-testosterone treatment clinics in Little Rock.

Servant Healthcare P.A. sued Arkansas Urology P.A. of Little Rock in February over the opening of Arkansas Urology’s testosterone therapy clinic, Epoch Health – North Little Rock PLLC.

Servant Healthcare alleged its former chief business development officer, Mike Whitfield, breached his contract by working with Arkansas Urology to support Epoch in North Little Rock, according to a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

Whitfield denied the allegation in an affidavit filed in the case. He also said he doesn’t have any involvement in the North Little Rock location.

The terms of the settlement were confidential, said Arkansas Urology’s attorney Dan Herrington of Little Rock.

“But we worked everything out to everybody’s satisfaction,” he said.

Herrington said most of the dispute was “a big misunderstanding, and once the lawyers got involved … it was a lot easier to resolve things.”

The story of the feud begins in the summer of 2013, when Servant and its owner, Dr. Jeremy Warford, considered partnering or merging with Arkansas Urology, according to Servant’s lawsuit. Warford and his development officer, Whitfield, opened the clinic in August 2012 under the name Epoch Health.

But on Oct. 1, Warford told Dr. Tim Langford, the president of Arkansas Urology, that he didn’t think they could reach a deal.

Within days, Whitfield, who owned the intellectual property rights of Epoch Health, announced his last day with Servant would be Nov. 3. Whitfield planned to sell the name of Epoch to Arkansas Urology and go to work for the company, the lawsuit said.

Errol Davis, the CEO of Arkansas Urology, said in an affidavit filed in the case that Arkansas Urology was planning to create a clinic to treat low-testosterone patients, even if it didn’t buy assets from Whitfield or Servant.

Arkansas Urology “already had a thriving Low-T practice and possessed the clinical expertise and know-how to establish its own stand-alone Low-T clinics,” Davis wrote.



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