Almost two years after he was dismissed, the AMA's former executive vice president is still hurling allegations at his former employer about its endorsement of Sunbeam consumer products and the sale of its former headquarters site in Chicago.
On April 9, E. Ratcliffe Anderson, M.D., filed additional charges to his defamation lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. Anderson was fired June 28, 2001, 10 days after he first filed the suit.
The new filing claims that AMA officials deliberately destroyed e-mails and other documents being sought in legal discovery for the lawsuit.
Anderson charges that the AMA board had prior knowledge of the Sunbeam deal, which took place in 1997, before he was hired. After an outcry from members, the AMA cancelled the deal at a loss of millions of dollars.
Anderson claims the board stopped him from firing Mike Ile, the former AMA general counsel who allegedly had knowledge of the board's role in the Sunbeam affair. The former executive says he sought to fire Ile for overseeing the sale of AMA land in downtown Chicago for as much as $13.5 million below market value.
An AMA statement says Anderson's lawsuit is "entirely without merit," adding: "The AMA will continue to be vigilant in its defense and remains confident that all claims in the case will be resolved in the AMA's favor."