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Bayfront Hospital now suing patients for unpaid bills

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Patients who owe money to Bayfront Medical Center may get a nasty surprise. Beginning this year the hospital began suing patients for unpaid medical bills. The downtown St. Petersburg hospital was independently owned until 2013 when it was acquired by the Naples-based Health Management Associates and joined a group of six hospitals rebranded “Bayfront” located both north and south of the St. Pete location along the I-75 corridor. It was then acquired by a Tennessee company called Community Health Systems…

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Tow truck driver attempts to repo car with two children, adult still inside

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In other news, a Florida man tried to repossess a car with two minor children still in it and then sprayed pepper spray at the adults who tried to stop him. Those allegations are according to a lawsuit filed in Polk County on Oct. 22. The plaintiffs, Yaica and Quinyale Gore and DaBresha Harris, contend the proprietor of Blackhawk Towing and Recovery attempted to tow a 2006 Saturn Vue the Gore’s had defaulted on while Harris and two children were…

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Pier demolishers in hot water over unpaid bills

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The company undertaking controversial demolition of downtown St. Pete’s iconic inverted pyramid is being sued. The company Staff Zone argues in lawsuit documents that Sonny Glasbrenner owes it more than $150,000 for a tab the company racked up for temporary staff. Sonny Glasbrenner submitted a credit application to Staff Zone in June, just before St. Pete City Council approved the company’s $3.16 million bid to oversee demolition of the Pier. According to lawsuit documents, the debt was incurred through October.…

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Five lawsuits seek to halt TECO sale

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So far five lawsuits have been filed against TECO seeking to halt the company’s planned merger with Canadian company Emera Inc. The lawsuits argue the $10.4 billion price tag is a ripoff for shareholders. The agreed-upon price tag includes $3.9 billion in debt and represents about $27.55 per share. That’s higher than the $21.07 closing stock price the day the acquisition was announced on September 4. Even still, TECO announced the sale highlighting a different stock share number — $18.39…

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Tampa Tribune sues local mag for unpaid fees

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The Tampa Tribune is going after a local parenting magazine for payment on non-reimbursed delivery fees. According to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court, The Tampa Tribune says Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, run by Tampa resident Angela Ardolino, owes more than $16,000. A 2011 contract between Tampa Bay Parenting and The Tampa Tribune says the magazine must pay the Tribune $0.14 per copy of the magazine for what it describes as “saturation delivieries,” $0.28 for copies sent to specific…

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Survey finds Florida’s lawsuit climate at all-time low

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Florida’s lawsuit climate hit an all-time low, sinking to number 44 out of the 50 states according to a national survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The number 44 ranking is a dip from Florida’s number 41 ranking last year and continues a downward trend from the state’s number 33 ranking when the poll began in 2002. Delaware took the top spot in the ranking, with Vermont and Nebraska close behind. According to ILR, the…

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Lawsuits against MacDinton’s bars allege employee-related violence

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MacDinton’s Irish Pub is the defendant in two separate lawsuits filed within one month of each other. One lawsuit was filed against the St. Pete location on July 31 and the other against the SoHo Tampa location on August 27. Both allege employee-related violence in which the victim is seeking financial relief. In the earlier suit, a St. Pete resident argues he was accosted by two MacDinton’s employees and a Signature Security Service employee in the alley behind the Central…

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