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Court orders hearing in Noel claims dispute

This report just in from Miami Herald reporter Roberto Santiago:

Broward County Circuit Court Judge Larry Moe will preside over a hearing set for Aug. 9 at 10 am in the dispute between the state and attorneys for Minouche Noel, the former Fort Lauderdale resident
maimed in a botched surgery in 1989. Noel won $8.5 million in state compensation for
her injury but her lawyers are now sparring with the state over how much money should go to them.

Legislators say the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Sheldon Schlesinger tried to get more than its fair share in the case. Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, said she would take "swift
legal action'' to block the payment and filed a complaint in Leon and Broward County. House Speaker Marco Rubio and Senate President Ken Pruitt also want to stop the payment.


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For Sake of Accuracy

The judge's name is Leroy, not Larry. Larry was one of The Three Stooges.

Speaking of which, where does Ms. Sink and similarly situated politicians get off interfering with the contractual arrangements between attorney and client? The salient question is whether THEY could have recovered a gross award of $8.5 Million for the injured person--and whether they would have taken the case on a contingent fee basis.

We probably know the answer to that.

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