Since the U.S. government has dropped its appeal in a case brought on behalf of a man who suffered a stroke following the extraction of several of his teeth at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Philadelphia, a federal district judge’s $17.5 million verdict stands.

Although the government had filed a notice of appeal after the judgment from U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania last fall, an order issued from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week dismissed the case pursuant to the government’s concession.

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