In Shift, Fla. High Court Drops Hospital Negligence Suit

Law360, Miami (November 30, 2016, 10:04 PM EST) -- The Florida Supreme Court changed course Wednesday and dismissed a negligence suit over the death of an escaped psychiatric hospital patient after twice refusing to grant voluntary dismissal even though the parties had settled their dispute.

The state's highest court vacated its Nov. 15 denial of a motion from defendant-appellee Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc. asking it to reconsider its Sept. 13 ruling denying a motion for a voluntary dismissal from the plaintiff-appellant, the estate of Ashley Lawson.

As in those prior orders, the justices...
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