Hospital Liens Not Subject To Trade Laws, Fla. Court Says

Law360, New York (July 8, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court on Friday agreed that Baptist Hospital Inc. couldn’t assert liens against a class of individuals who received medical care in hospitals in another county, but that its liens were debt collection practices not subject to consumer protections under trade or commerce law.

A three-judge panel of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal affirmed a lower court’s ruling barring Baptist Hospital from asserting liens in Escambia County against a class of individuals who had received medical care in Santa Rosa County hospitals but...
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