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Lawyers Ask Hep C Jury to Award $2.5 Billion

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jury deliberations started Monday afternoon in the Hepatitis C civil trial's punitive phase.

Plaintiffs' attorneys are asking the Nevada state court jury to find the state's largest health management organization liable for a stunning $2.5 billion punitive damage award in a Las Vegas hepatitis exposure case.

Attorney Robert Eglet asked the Clark County District Court civil jury on Monday to take a percentage of Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health Services profits to send a message to other U.S. corporations.

Company lawyer D. Lee Roberts Jr. is arguing that awarding billions of dollars wouldn't be "reasonable or proportionate."

He says the jury already sent a message last Thursday.

That's when jurors awarded $24 million in compensatory damages to three plaintiffs, including two women who got hepatitis C during outpatient procedures in 2005 at a clinic in the Health Plan of Nevada network.

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