The attorney-daughter of Times Publishing Company chairman and CEO Paul Tash is now among the lawyers involved in a case lodged by whistleblowers against St. Petersburg developer and philanthropist Bill Edwards and his former Mortgage Investors Corp., court records show.
The case was originally filed in federal court in Atlanta. Two whistleblowers, as the Tampa Bay Times has reported in this years-long saga, “accuse Edwards of ‘looting’ millions from his defunct mortgage company.”
In a federal court filing earlier this summer in Tampa, the plaintiffs are trying to subpoena information from another Edwards company, Marketing Solutions Publications, which is trying to get out of the case.
The Times often reports on this suit and Edwards’ many projects, including his effort to bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Petersburg.
Is it a conflict of interest for his daughter to represent the company? Probably not. But why hasn’t the newspaper that Tash controls—which endorsed Edwards’ top employee, Rick Baker, for mayor—at least published a disclosure of the familial link?