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Signed, Settled and Approved

After Signature Hospitals, then the owner of St. Joseph's Hospital, sold the facility to Camden Clark Medical Center, more than 600 employees filed suit, demanding compensation for sick leave benefits owed them at the time of the sale.

Thursday, Judge Robert Waters approved a $4.7 million settlement of that suit.

"And that entitles that all the St. Joseph's employees that were entitled to sick leave benefits will be paid their benefits in full," said attorney Ginny Conley, who, along with George Cosenza, represented the plaintiffs, "when their employment with St. Joseph ended and they went to work for Camden Clark ( Medical Center) in March of 2011."

"It is dependent on how much sick leave they had accumulated at the time the transition was made over to Camden Clark," Cosenza added. "So everyone will receive a different amount."

Nine members of the original class of plaintiffs opted out of the suit. but the attorney for Signature Hospitals says they will be paid as well.

"Those are not on the list, and they are not part of this hearing, but Signature has offered full payment to all of them in a separate matter," said attorney Thomas Brandon, Jr.

Two of the plaintiffs appeared at Thursday's hearing, but neither of them objected to the settlement.

Attorney Conley says it is intended that, after six months, any unclaimed money will go into a fund for attorneys fees and court costs.

Camden Clark Medical Center was not a party of the the original lawsuit or its settlement.


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