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Tuomey Hospital sues Nexsen Pruet law firm for $117M

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed alleging that legal malpractice by a law firm caused the destruction of Tuomey Healthcare of Sumter.

Media outlets report that three members of the former Tuomey Healthcare System Board of Directors filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Nexsen Pruet, the law firm that advised them to fight against a whistleblower allegation from Dr. Michael Drakeford.

James Griffin, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, says the health care system paid more than $100 million in legal fees for a case that was settled by the hospital paying $72.4 million. The lawsuit seeks $117 million in damages for legal havoc allegedly wreaked by “misleading and reckless” advice from the law firm.

Nexsen Pruet board chairman Leighton Lord said in a statement that the firm is “disappointed in” and disagrees with the lawsuit.

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