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Court: Disclose ties between law firm, doctors

Court: Disclose ties between law firm, doctors

In what it said started out as a "relatively routine trip-and-fall case," a state appeals court has backed the disclosure of information about possible ties between a prominent law firm and physicians who treated a woman for injuries. The ruling Friday by the 5th District Court of Appeal came in an Orange County case that started when Heather Worley fell in a YMCA parking lot. She later retained Morgan & Morgan P.A., which filed a negligence suit that included seeking costs of her treatment, according to the ruling. That touched off a legal battle that focused, in part, on whether the law firm referred Worley to the physicians. The YMCA alleged the possibility of a "cozy...