Dr. Facing Fraud Charges Wants Judge Ousted From Civil Suit

Law360 (August 27, 2020, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A Palm Beach County doctor on Thursday asked to disqualify a Florida magistrate judge from handling matters in his civil suit against United Healthcare because the judge is also involved in a recently filed criminal case accusing the doctor of operating a $681 million substance abuse treatment fraud scheme.

Michael J. Ligotti, who owns and operates a private clinic called Whole Health in Delray Beach, Florida, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon should recuse himself from the civil dispute over unpaid health insurance claims because evidentiary matters in the criminal proceeding could influence the judge in the civil case....

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