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Surgeon accused of keying Jaguar of former business partner

Surgeon accused of keying Jaguar of former business partner

Soured relationship also leads to restraining order, $7 million lawsuit

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A Napa surgeon has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism for keying the Jaguar of his former business partner, according to court records.

Dr. Robert Klingman allegedly keyed the 2010 Jaguar of Dr. Ramzi Deeik in the parking lot of Queen of the Valley Medical Center on Sept. 2, causing damages estimated at more than $400, according to the complaint filed in Napa County Superior Court.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Klingman, 55, admitted being in the parking lot around that time but denied vandalizing the car, according to a police affidavit filed in court. The Napa County district attorney’s office filed the misdemeanor charge on Nov. 5.

The two doctors, both of whom work at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, have been involved in financial disputes over their partnership, which dissolved in early 2012, according to Napa and Solano County court records.

In November 2011, Klingman sued Deeik over the dissolution of their practice, Napa Valley Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Inc., court documents state. That matter was dismissed in March after the parties agreed to dissolve the practice and enter into arbitration.

Then in August, Deeik sued Klingman and his new partner, Dr. Sepehre Naficy, for more than $7 million in damages for defamation, fraud, unfair competition, misappropriation and other allegations, according to complaint filed by Dr. Deeik in Solano County Superior Court.

Deeik alleges the defendants denied him the opportunity to receive patient inquiries and patient referrals, according to the court filing. Deeik also alleges Klingman made defamatory statements about him to other doctors and hospital executives, including allegedly telling the chief executive officer of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital that Deeik had stolen “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” according to the 20-page complaint. Klingman also allegedly kept Napa Valley Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Inc.’s telephone number, thus allegedly denying Deeik patient inquiries, the court filing stated.

Deeik, a Napa resident, has filed a restraining order against Klingman, court records show.

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