Former medispa owner wins judgment

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 25, 2007

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

A former Sona MedSpa franchisee was awarded nearly $400,000 after he sued the company, alleging he was duped into opening a franchise on the basis of faulty information.

According to a statement released by the plaintiff's attorney, Michael Garner, his client Kempton J. Coady invested in Sona due to claims that its laser hair removal concept would permanently remove 93% to 97% of unwanted hair in five treatments. Coady invested in a franchise and repeated the claim to clients.

An arbitrator in Atlanta held Nashville, Tenn.-based Sona, as well as an executive and a group of investors who later bought the franchisor from Jones, liable for not correcting the misleading information.

The arbitrator found Sona "did not exercise reasonable care in obtaining reliable evidence about the validity" of the claims it was making about the hair removal system. Sona and its executives and investors did not admit guilt.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn