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Federal court rules on Exeter Hospital's lawsuit

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A federal judge in New Hampshire is dismissing a lawsuit Exeter Hospital filed against a staffing agency that formerly worked with a cardiac technician who infected 32 Exeter patients with hepatitis C virus after he was hired in 2011.

The judge ruled Thursday that the Maxim agency ended its relationship with David Kwiatkowski well before another agency placed him at Exeter Hospital.

Exeter Hospital wanted Maxim to share its costs of settling lawsuits filed by 29 of the infected patients.

The judge left intact the hospital's lawsuit against the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, saying that it had far more knowledge of Kwiatkowski's prior firings and misconduct.

Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his hepatitis C-infected blood.

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