This excerpt taken from the UHS 10-K filed Feb 28, 2008.
This excerpt taken from the UHS 10-Q filed Nov 9, 2005.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
On August 5, 2004, we were named, together with our subsidiary, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inc., as defendants in a lawsuit filed in the District Court, Clark County, Nevada, under the caption Deborah Louise Poblocki v. Universal Health Services, Inc., et al., No. 04-A-489927-C. The plaintiff alleges that we overcharged her and other similarly situated patients who lacked health insurance. The complaint seeks class action treatment. The complaint, filed by plaintiff individually and on behalf of other unnamed class members, alleges that Valley Hospital Medical Center charged her unconscionable rates because it charged her, an uninsured outpatient, more than it charged insured patients and more than the cost of the services provided. She claims that this alleged conduct violates state civil RICO laws as well as other state statutory and common law and seeks monetary damages including disgorgement of profits and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief. We filed a notice of removal to federal court, and plaintiff filed a motion to remand back to state court. The court granted plaintiffs motion to remand and the case will proceed in Nevada state court. On July 22, 2005, plaintiffs counsel, with our consent, filed a first amended complaint, adding two additional plaintiffs (husband and wife) alleging similar facts and claiming similar federal and state causes of action. The Nevada state district court granted our motion to dismiss with respect to all claims except plaintiffs state Unfair Trade Practices Act cause of action. On October 19, 2005, the parties stipulated to the voluntary dismissal of plaintiffs sole remaining claim for relief, and a consent Judgment of Dismissal was submitted to the district court on November 2, 2005. Plaintiffs, through counsel, have indicated that they intend to appeal the district courts dismissal.
We believe that the claims asserted against us in the proceeding described above are without merit and we deny all allegations of violations of law and any liability to the above named plaintiffs. There can be no assurance, however, as to the outcome or timing of the resolution of these proceedings. We therefore are unable to estimate the amount or potential range of any loss that may arise out of these proceedings. The range of possible resolutions could include determinations and judgments against us or settlements that could require substantial payments by us that could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
The legal proceedings described above have previously been disclosed in the Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2005.
Our Board of Directors (Board) approved stock repurchase programs authorizing us to purchase shares of our outstanding Class B Common Stock on the open market and the Board also gave management discretion to use the authorization to purchase the Companys convertible debentures which are due in 2020. Pursuant to the stock and convertible debenture repurchase program, we may purchase shares or debentures on the open market or in negotiated private transactions. As of July 1, 2005, we had approximately 3.4 million shares remaining to be repurchased pursuant to a 2.0 million share repurchase authorization approved by the Board in November of 2004 and a 3.5 million share repurchase authorization approved in June of 2005. During the third quarter of 2005, we repurchased approximately 1.3 million shares at various prices as indicated below. In September of 2005, the Board authorized the repurchase of an additional 2.0 million shares thereby increasing the maximum number of shares that may yet be repurchased to 4.1 million as of September 30, 2005. There is no expiration date on the remaining share repurchase authorization.
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