Copper heiress' estate sues NYC hospital, doctor

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Posted: Nov 21, 2013 3:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A reclusive Montana copper heiress' estate is seeking more than $100 million in damages from a doctor and a New York City hospital where she lived for 20 years.

A local government entity represents Huguette (OO'-geht) Clark's estate. It sued Dr. Henry Singman and Beth Israel Medical Center on Thursday.

The lawsuit accuses them of letting Clark stay when she didn't need treatment so they could extract millions of dollars in gifts.

Singman lawyer Harold Schwab calls the lawsuit "outrageous." Hospital lawyer Lawrence Fox has declined to comment.

Clark's father was a Montana senator who got rich mining copper, building railroads and founding Las Vegas. She died in 2011, leaving a $300 million estate.

A September settlement ended a previous fight over her fortune. It mainly benefited arts charities and distant relatives.