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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.