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Capen v. Shewry, C047172

The court resolves an ambiguity in Health and Safety Code section 1204 and finds that if more than one physician owns and operates a clinic in a group practice, it is a partnership, requiring that each physician member of the group take responsibility for the operation of the clinic, for purposes of a licensing exception. The Code requires the licensing of single owner surgical clinics when in group practice.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/08/2007
  • Published 02/08/2007



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Edmund G. Brown, Bill Lockyer, Attorney Generals, Karen S. Schwartz, Acting Senior Assistant Attorney General, Thomas R. Yanger, Teresa Stinson, Assistant Attorney Generals, Susan E. Slager, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Frank S. Furtek, Margarita Altamirano, Supervising Deputy Attorney Generals, Roy S. Liebman, Deputy Attorney General, for Defendants and Appellants., Greenberg Traurig, Livingston & Mattesich Law Corporation, Gene Livingston, Kathryn Doi, Daniel M. Fuchs, Terry German;  Katten Muchin Rosenman, Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman, Laurence G. Solov, Los Angeles, for Plaintiff and Respondent., Catherine I. Hanson, San Francisco, for California Medical Association, as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.
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