ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed in New York claims Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm.
The suit filed Thursday in Albany says East Syracuse-based Aspen and Leonard Green and Partners are violating laws that require clinics to be owned by dentists who actively perform procedures onsite.
Court papers say Aspen's "so-called 'Practice Owners' are nothing more than de facto employees and/or independent contractors" of the company, which controls its 358 clinics' marketing, hiring, training and bookkeeping.
Aspen says it provides management services and doesn't control clinical care. A spokeswoman says it hasn't seen the lawsuit yet. A message left with Los Angeles-based LGP wasn't initially returned.
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