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Great Expressions Granted Dismissal of Lawsuit

December 6, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – December 6, 2012 – Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a leading dental service organization with affiliated dental offices in nine states, has won its motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by former employee James White alleging discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted summary judgment in GEDC’s favor, dismissing Mr. White’s claims in their entirety. The Court ruled in favor of GEDC on all counts as a matter of law, finding that Mr. White’s allegations, after full discovery, did not warrant the lawsuit moving forward to trial.

“We have stood firm since this lawsuit was filed that it had no merit whatsoever, and we are thankful that the Court agreed Great Expressions Dental Centers adhered to proper human resources guidelines and protocol,” said Richard Beckman, CEO of Great Expressions Dental Centers. “We are glad to have this matter behind us so that we can continue our focus on providing exceptional dental services to our patients.”

About Great Expressions

For more than 35 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) has been exceeding patients’ expectations with 150 dental centers in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia. One of the largest privately owned dental practice management companies in the United States, GEDC prides itself in being able to maintain the dedication and core values found in small, hometown dental practices. For more information, go to


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Kim Tassie
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

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