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Nursing Home Bill Limits Who Can Be Sued

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —  A bill which passed the House Wednesday, would limit litigants who file a case against a nursing home.

Parties that are not involved in the direct decision-making for the operation of a facility named in a legal action could not be named as defendants under Senate Bill 670.

The bill passed the House with a 109-7 vote Wednesday. Supporters say the bill is aimed at Tampa lawyer James Wilkes, who has built a successful business suing nursing homes.

The measure has succeeded with an unlikely alliance of the plaintiff’s lawyers, the Florida Health Care Association and the AARP.

The bill will now go to Gov. Rick Scott for consideration.

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