courtroom and gavel “To deny a patient this treatment, if it is available, is immoral and barbaric,” wrote U.S. District Judge Robert Scola. (Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ, ALM)

A federal judge who survived prostate cancer has stepped down from a putative class action lawsuit over a health insurance company’s “immoral and barbaric” denial of a radiation treatment.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on Monday recused himself from Richard Cole v. United Healthcare Insurance Co. in the Southern District of Florida — a case in which prominent Miami litigator and Cole, Scott & Kissane managing partner Richard Cole is the named plaintiff.



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