Florida's cost for losing lawsuits keeps growing
By GARY FINEOUT
Jul. 27, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's price-tag for losing legal battles continues to grow under Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott recently agreed to pay $1.1 million to cover the legal bills of physicians and medical organizations who successfully challenged a law that restricted doctors' ability to talk to patients about guns. In July, the state also agreed to a $2 million payment that will go to lawyers who sued on behalf of disabled inmates.
Since Scott took office the state has paid at least $19 million to cover expenses and fees for opposing lawyers.
This includes $12 million to attorneys who represented pediatricians. Florida has also paid more than $800,000 to lawyers working for the American Civil Liberties Union.
The governor's office in the past has said there's no "surprise" that they "vigorously defend" Florida's laws.