OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A dentist in Washington state used more than laughing gas to try to get a chuckle out of his colleagues. He implanted fake boar tusks.
And the state's high court has backed up the dentist's hijinks.
The oral surgeon temporarily put the false tusks into his assistant's mouth while she was under anesthesia and snapped pictures. He removed them before she woke up.
But the pictures made the rounds in the office.
Tina Alberts quit and sued.
Doctor Robert Woo ended up paying her 250-thousand dollars to settle the case, after his insurance company refused to cover the claim.
Woo sued the company, and after several appeals, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed with him. Now, it appears those fake tusks will cost the insurance company a total of one (m) million dollars.