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Florida's Bert Fish Medical Center Settles Suit Over Legal Fees

The board overseeing Bert Fish Medical Center in New Symrna Beach, Fla., has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a suit over legal fees surrounding the hospital's merger with Adventist's Florida Hospital in Orlando, according to a Daytona Beach News-Journal report.

The Bert Fish Foundation, which donated the medical center to the Southeast Volusia Hospital District in 1996, sued in Aug. 2010 to stop the merger between public Bert Fish and private Adventist, alleging the merger violated the state's Sunshine Law, which establishes a basic right of access to most meetings of boards, commissions and other governing bodies of state and local governmental agencies or authorities. A judge overturned the $80 million merger in February, ruling the merger did indeed violate the law.

After the decision, attorneys representing the Foundation sued the hospital board to reimburse their legal fees associated with the lawsuit.

In separate legal proceedings, the Southeast Volusia Hospital District is suing its former attorney who allegedly did not advise the district to make its meetings public for $22.5 million as part of a legal malpractice claim.

More Articles on Bert Fish Medical Center:

Florida's Bert Fish Medical Center Sues Former Attorney for $22.5M Over Failed Merger
Adventist Health, Bert Fish Officially End Merger
Judge Approves Plan to Unravel Adventist, Bert Fish Merger

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