The Norman Transcript

October 15, 2013

Judge dismisses lawsuit

Associated Press
The Associated Press

TULSA — A judge on Monday dismissed one of several lawsuits against an oral surgeon whose Tulsa-area clinics were shut down earlier this year due to filthy conditions because the plaintiff and her attorney didn’t show up in court.

District Judge Rebecca Nightingale dismissed Sharon Fairchilds’ lawsuit against Dr. W. Scott Harrington after waiting more than 15 minutes for her and her attorney to arrive.

Fairchilds filed the lawsuit in April on behalf of a minor child, accusing Harrington of allowing two untrained dental assistants to intravenously sedate the child and of practicing dentistry “in an unsafe or unsanitary manner.” Her lawsuit was one of several filed against Harrington since state investigators shuttered his clinics in March.

James Colvin, an attorney for Harrington who was at Monday’s hearing, refused to comment afterward.

State health inspectors cited a litany of reasons they shuttered Harrington’s clinics in a 17-count complaint. They allegedly found rusty instruments, potentially contaminated drug vials and the improper use of a machine designed to sterilize tools at Harrington’s offices.