Pirouzian v. Super. Ct.Annotate this Case
After his medical license was revoked, petitioner sought a writ of administrative mandamus to set aside the Board's decision. The trial court denied the writ. Petitioner does not dispute the ALJ's findings that he committed numerous acts of dishonesty in 2007 with respect to his employment status and disability insurance benefits. The court concluded that the revocation of petitioner's license to practice medicine was excessive and an abuse of discretion where the revocation was unnecessary to protect the public and contrary to the goal of making him "a better physician." The court's conclusion is supported by the ALJ's statements during the hearing and in his written findings that indicate the discipline was imposed for the improper purpose of punishing petitioner. Accordingly, the court granted the petition.