ESD No. 11’s legal representation, Regina Adams with Radcliff Bobbit Adams Polley PLLC, issued a statement regarding the suit. The lawsuit comes after ESD No. 11 voted last month to terminate their contract with CCEMS, giving 360 days’ notice, and demanded CCEMS pay health insurance claims in full for certain employees or be denied 70 percent of their funding, according to Nealy. Related Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “Unfortunately, on (Wednesday, Sept. 30) CCEMS filed suit against HCESD 11 (the “˜District’),” she said in the statement. “CCEMS lost its request for emergency relief in a hearing held Wednesday afternoon, but the suit remains pending. Because the District does not comment on matters related to pending litigation, we have no further comment at this time.” The lawsuit comes after Harris County Emergency Service District No. 11 voted last month to terminate their contract with the ambulance squad. (Photo/Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services) ©2020 the Houston Chronicle Nealy said the suit is meant to stop ESD No. 11 from potentially defunding CCEMS and affecting services until their contract with the service district ends in September 2021. An Oct. 11 ESD news release states: “In the lawsuit, CCEMS complains about recent attempts by the District to encourage CCEMS to pay old employee health insurance claims the District feels should already have been paid. CCEMS’ lawsuit includes a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the District from withholding payment to CCEMS if CCEMS failed to pay certain CCEMS employee health insurance claims.” During an ESD meeting last month, commissioner Robert Pinard criticized an email by CCEMS CEO Wren Nealy alleging that Pinard threatened people’s jobs while visiting a CCEMS location with his family, according to Pinard who invited Nealy to “settle this like men.” “The insurance claim issue is an impossible ask on their part,” Nealy said. “There’s no way we could legally comply with that for several reasons. We have a contract with a third-party administrator to manage those claims and negotiate payments and settlements. We can’t interfere with the terms of that contract.” Tensions between Cypress Creek EMS and Harris County Emergency Service District No. 11 flared up again as the former filed a lawsuit against the latter and threats of violence were made in a public meeting. ––– Concerning an ongoing audit of CCEMS, which began before CCEMS had their contract terminated, Nealy said ESD No. 11 is withholding 30 percent of funding for CCEMS until additional information they requested is provided, potentially allowing ESD No.11 to stop contributing to CCEMS financially until their contract ends next year. “I have not threatened anybody with their job. I have not gone and been a bully to anybody. So, you have a choice: you need to apologize for insulting my wife, my son and me for making up those lies, or we need to step outside and settle this like men,” Pinard said. Chevall Pryce “We’re an independent contractor and they’re interfering with our ability to administer our employee health benefit plan,” Nealy said. “What we’re seeking in court, the purpose, is to have the court force them to pay the contract out like they’re supposed to. Pay the set, approved, budgeted amount. They approved the budget.” (TNS) Visit the Houston Chronicle at www.chron.com [email protected] Cypress Creek EMS in Texas is First Ambulance Provider to Deploy Axon Fleet In-Car Video SystemConcrete Thrown Through Windshield of Cypress Creek EMS (Texas) AmbulanceWhole Blood Recipient Meets Crew that Saved His Life Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2011 Regular News Attorneys win in fight for client confidentiality over cash awards The Securities and Exchange Commission decision May 26 not to encourage lawyers to divulge confidential client information is “a welcome recognition of the critical importance of the attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality,” said Steve Zack, president of the ABA.Under the new rule, issued under the Dodd-Frank Act, whistleblowers who voluntarily provide the SEC with original information regarding violations of the federal securities laws may be entitled to receive substantial cash awards. But the final version of the rule makes it clear that lawyers will not be eligible to receive such payments if they have divulged privileged or confidential information they obtained from clients during the course of their professional representation in violation of the lawyer’s ethical obligations.The attorney-client privilege enables both individual and corporate clients to communicate with their lawyers in confidence and encourages clients to seek out and obtain informed guidance regarding compliance with the law. The privilege also encourages candid communications between corporate clients and their lawyers in connection with internal investigations designed to identify and remedy possible violations of law, to the benefit of corporate institutions, the investing public, and society-at-large.“The integrity of the lawyer-client relationship is sacred,” Zack said. “The erosion of a lawyer’s duty of confidentiality, either by weakening its provisions or by creating incentives for lawyers to disregard their professional obligations, would undermine the quality of the lawyer-client relationship and the effectiveness of the privilege, deny the client its right to effective counsel, and reduce, rather than increase, compliance with the law.” Attorneys win in fight for client confidentiality over cash awards
Keith also claimed that several items for the agency’s IT department were overpriced by the millions./PN MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a task force that will investigate the alleged anomalies in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). “Nakinig po ang ating Presidente at umakto bagama’t wala pa pong mapapatunayan sa mabilis na panahon, mayroon naman pong preventive suspension para mapangalagaan ang kaban ng PhilHealth,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the task force will be composed of the Department of Justice, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the Special Assistant to the President, the Civil Service Commission, the Commission on Audit, and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission. “The task force is authorized to investigate, suspend, conduct lifestyle checks, and file charges against thieves in PhilHealth,” he added. “Ngayon po ang imbestigasyon na ito kasama na po ang preventive suspension.” The PhilHealth came under fire following the testimonies made by resigned anti-fraud officer, lawyer Thorrsson Montes Keith that some PhilHealth officials pocketed around P15 billion in funds through various schemes. Roque added that President Duterte was “exasperated” with the corruptions happening inside the PhilHealth that he created a strong task force. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the formation of a task force that will investigate, suspend, conduct lifestyle checks, and file charges against “thieves” in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. GETTY IMAGES
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsMichigan StateOhio State Matt Loede It was not a pretty day for the Buckeyes in Easy Lansing, as Michigan State beat up Ohio State 91-76, dropping the Buckeyes Men’s team to 19-12 overall on the season, 11-7 in the Big Ten.The Spartans seem to be catching fire at the right time, they are 26-5 overall and 13-5 in Big Ten play, and have won 10 of their last 11 games, good enough for the number two seed in the upcoming conference tournament.Ohio State had no answer for Denzel Valentine, who put in 27 points and also had a career high 13 assists in the win. Junior forward Marc Loving led the Buckeyes with 21 points in the loss, eight points over his season average. Michigan State was lights out from the field, shooting 66 percent in the win (34-for-51).JaQuan Lyle had 18 points and Kam Williams added 15 in the setback for Ohio State, who has played better, winning five of their last seven, with both losses against Michigan State.When asked if the Buckeyes have to win four games in Indianapolis to get in the NCAA tournament, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was simple in his reply.“I haven’t thought that far ahead,” he said.