Attorneys Thomas Zimmerman, Jr. of the Chicago-based Zimmerman Law
Offices and former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann of the
Cleveland-based Dann Law Firm today filed a federal class action suit
against the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS),
the body that administers examinations and awards credentials to
professionals who utilize ultrasound technology. The suit alleges ARDMS
falsely reported that sonography professionals who took certification
exams between September 2016 and March 2017 failed the tests when they
had, in fact, passed, and that those false reports harmed affected
professionals in a number of ways.
The case, Stephanie Miller and Mary Alyce Dawson v. Inteleos, Inc.
f/k/a American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Inc., was
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
The lead plaintiffs, sonography professionals who received erroneous
examination scores, represent all sonographers throughout the United
States impacted by ARDMS’ actions. The lawsuit seeks damages for lost
wages, lost employment opportunities, and damage to the sonographers’
professional reputations resulting from the false report that they
failed their certification examinations.
ARDMS, which boasts that its credentials have been awarded to more than
90,000 medical professionals worldwide and are recognized as the
international standard in the field, certifies Registered Diagnostic
Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
(RDCS), Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT), Registered
Musculoskeletal Sonographer (RMSKS), Registered Physician in Vascular
Interpretation (RPVI), and Registered in Musculoskeletal (RMSK)
Sonography. Inteleos, Inc., the organization that governs and manages
ARDMS is the defendant in the lawsuit.
“Because it denotes a lack of competency, knowledge and expertise in
sonography, there is a serious stigma associated with failure to pass
the credentialing examination,” Attorney Zimmerman said. Attorney Dann
noted that as a result of the false reporting of failing scores,
sonography professionals across the country suffered harm to their
professional reputation, lost their jobs, were denied employment
opportunities, and had to sit for the certification examination a second
time even though they had already passed the examination.
A copy of the complaint is available upon request. Attorneys Zimmerman
and Dann will be available for interviews and the lead plaintiffs may
also be available to speak with the media on a limited basis.
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