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Statement from CFO Sink on Minouche Noel

7/19/2007

CONTACT: Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842
 
 
TALLAHASSEE—During the 2007 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed a claims bill to compensate Ms. Minouche Noel and her family for their losses.  Recently, however, the Noel’s lawyers have taken legal action in effort to increase their compensation beyond that which was specified under the claims bill.
 
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has been consulting with House and Senate leaders about their concerns for the family, and today received a letter of legislative intent from Senate President Ken Pruitt and House Speaker Marco Rubio suggesting the CFO take legal action to protect the interests of the Noels.
 
CFO Sink offered the following statement:
 
“My heart goes out to Ms. Minouche Noel and her family, who have suffered for far too long after an incident of medical malpractice almost two decades ago. 
 
“I thank President Pruitt and Speaker Rubio for their leadership on this issue.  I, too, share their concerns for Ms. Noel and her family.  My legal staff is aggressively moving forward to protect the Noels.  Further, I would like to work with the Legislature to standardize our claims payment process so that in the future families will not suffer as the Noels are today.”
 
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