Mayor’s administrative payroll changes, but city’s legal model remains the same

Ricardo Woods

Although a handful of key positions remain vacant, Mayor Sandy Stimpson is spending about $568,000 less than former Mayor Sam Jones on executive-level appointees, according to a salary comparison Stimpson prepared for the City Council last month. The figure represents the elimination or consolidation of a number of positions in the Jones administration, as well as an arrangement with the city attorney where in exchange for his salary, Ricardo Woods and his law firm Burr & Forman, work on a retainer. (more…) Continue Reading →

Judge recommends dismissal of fraud case against Infirmary

Infirmary Health Systems and its clinical subsidiary may be dismissed from a potential billion-dollar fraud case filed by a whistleblower in 2011 alleging their participation in a broad scheme to defraud Medicare and other government healthcare programs.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sonja F. Bivens determined that the government, which took over the case on behalf of whistleblower Dr. Christian Heesch, failed to establish the corporate liability of the Infirmary as a defendant, which Heesch claimed unlawfully billed the government for more than $521 million in false claims between 2005-2011. (more…) Continue Reading →

Training school students arrested for fight

Nine students were arrested and suspended following a fight Thursday at the Mobile County Training School. Mobile Police Department spokesman Terrance Perkins said a fight broke out at the school at around 2 p.m. when students were being moved outside following a power outage in the Plateau community. Perkins said some of the students were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, but he didn’t have any details on the injuries. (more…) Continue Reading →