Harbor Hospice of Beaumont was granted summary judgment in a suit brought by a former partner, who claimed he wrongly lost his interest in the company.

According to the complaint filed June 15, 2012 in Jefferson County District Court, Sandeep Patel alleges he was a partner with defendants Harbor Hospice Managers and Qamar Arfeen.

However, at some point, Arfeen allegedly took Patel's limited partnership ownership of the business without permission. In turn, Patel claimed he no longer had an ownership stake in Harbor Hospice.

Patel alleged the defendants breached their fiduciary duties and were liable for conversion and fraud.

Court records show that on March 23, 2015 the defendants filed an amended motion for summary judgment, arguing Patel’s claims are barred by the statute of limitations, and that there is no genuine issue of material fact as to his claims or damages.

On June 18, 2015, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, granted the motion, dismissing the plaintiff’s claims.

Patel’s motion for a new trial was denied on Aug. 25, 2015, court records show.

Patel sought an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Anthony Malley III of Moore Landrey in Beaumont represented him.

Beaumont attorneys David Bernsen and Glen Morgan (Reaud, Morgan and Quinn) represented the defendants.

Case No. E192-576

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