Three Wichita, Kan., heart surgeons will not be able to practice medicine in the state for two years because the Kansas Supreme Court upheld restrictive covenants in their contracts with Wichita Surgical Specialists. In a lawsuit filed three years ago, the surgeons -- Gary Benton, Robert Fleming and John Rumisek -- contended that the contract restrictions were not enforceable and sought a restraining order and injunction against the medical group. The state Supreme Court said the limitations were reasonable, overturning a lower court ruling. A fourth party to the lawsuit, physician Badr Idbeis, may pay damages and continue practicing in Kansas; he was the only of the four with a buy-out provision in his contract. -- by Michael Romano
Kan. court upholds surgeons' contract restrictions
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