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Charlotte Observer: Lawsuit claims Carolinas HealthCare System violated public record law

From the Charlotte Observer (7/16/13): A Charlotte attorney contends in a lawsuit that one of the nation’s largest public hospital chains, Carolinas HealthCare System, has violated the state public records law by keeping secret the terms of a legal settlement.

Carolinas HealthCare, the multibillion-dollar system that runs Carolinas Medical Center and more than 30 other hospitals, won a confidential settlement in a court complaint that it filed against the former Wachovia Bank.

The new suit by attorney Gary Jackson maintains that Carolinas HealthCare has no legal right to keep the settlement confidential – an argument that the hospital system disputes.

In a hearing this week before Superior Court Judge Robert Sumner, the two sides wrangled over the hospital chain’s motion to dismiss the suit – and over interpretations of the state’s sometimes-ambiguous public records law.

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Colin Donohue,
7/17/2013 9:50 AM