Northstar Healthcare Announces Termination of Arbitration Claims

TORONTO and HOUSTON, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Northstar Healthcare Inc. (TSX:NHC) today announced that the Special Litigation Committee of its Board of Directors has determined that it would not be in the best interest of Northstar or its shareholders to continue to pursue the Company's claims against Dr. Donald Kramer and related entities. The Committee determined that Northstar would be unlikely to succeed if it pursued the arbitration to a final conclusion. The Special Litigation Committee was established in October to review Northstar's arbitration claims against Dr. Kramer and related entities. The Committee's decision was based on discussions with Northstar's legal counsel in the arbitration matter and on advice from a highly regarded Texas law firm that acted as independent counsel to the Committee. The independent counsel prepared an exhaustive analysis of Northstar's arbitration claims and concluded that Northstar was unlikely to prevail on its claims and therefore it would not continue with the arbitration claims. Additionally, with an estimated $2,500,000 in additional legal fees and expenses to pursue the arbitration, continuing the arbitration would materially threaten Northstar's business plan. Dr. Kramer has concurrently agreed to abandon his arbitration claims against the Company.

About Northstar Healthcare, Inc.
Northstar owns and/or manages ambulatory surgery centers in the United States, focusing initially on Houston and other metropolitan areas in Texas. The Company holds interests in two ambulatory surgery centers in Houston and manages a third surgery center in Dallas.

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