Dental Board Faces Lawsuit Over Direct-To-Consumer Orthodontics

SmileDirectClub LLC filed a lawsuit last week in federal court that alleges the Dental Board of California conspired to hurt the company’s business. The suit also names as plaintiffs Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD, and his professional corporation. Dr. Sulitzer is a licensed dentist in California and the chief clinical officer of SmileDirectClub.

The lawsuit came several days after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1519, which extends the operation of the dental board and establishes fundamental consumer protections for patients who receive dental treatment via telehealth. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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