Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

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Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center
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Source: Anticouni & Associates

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Santa Barbara Surgery Center (SBSC) claiming wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation and age discrimination have retracted these and all other claims in full. Their lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice for lack of evidence on January 10, 2019. (Laura Dahlin, Annette Eddy v. Santa Barbara Surgery Center, Case No. 17CV05251, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Nov. 20, 2017).

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are former SBSC employees Laura Dahlin and Annette Eddy, represented by attorney Bruce Anticouni of Anticouni & Associates in Santa Barbara. "Sometimes the alleged wrongs asserted against an employer turn out to be not correct," says Anticouni. "The facts made clear that SBSC did not engage in unlawful or improper conduct. SBSC is an excellently run facility.”

Ms. Dahlin and Ms. Eddy issued a joint statement: “We are sorry for any negative publicity or harm caused to SBSC by our claims, which we fully retract. We realize that lawsuits have two sides, and what we thought we saw was incorrect. We have personally been treated by the physicians at SBSC, and we have nothing but respect for its Medical Director Dr. Anderson, and all of the doctors and staff at SBSC. We would not hesitate to be treated at SBSC in the future.”

"We appreciate that the individuals who filed the lawsuit have decided to retract their claims," says A. Barry Cappello of Cappello & Noël LLP who represents SBSC along with Michael Hood of Jackson Lewis P.C. "The center passed an accreditation inspection by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) the same week the lawsuit was filed. Since the filing of the lawsuit, SBSC has undergone two highly successful inspections by AAAHC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/California Department of Public Health. The accusations were a shock to SBSC since providing excellent quality care to its patients is always its number one priority."

Released with the concurrence of Laura Dahlin and Annette Eddy, the plaintiffs in the case.

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Luvaduck Jan 26, 2019 07:39 AM
Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

Reputations are fragile, and allegations remain hurtful even if retracted. If you empty a bag of feathers on the sidewalk, you never pick up (get back) all the feathers. Which ever party was right or wrong or if it was a simple misunderstanding, the Surgery Center's reputation is tarnished in the public mind.

monkeyboy Jan 25, 2019 01:29 PM
Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

Barry Cappello looks like a total wiener, but he must be pretty darned frightening in a courtroom. Those poor ladies did everything but flop on their backs in surrender. Doesn't say much for their attorney though to let it get this far.

a-1574400330 Jan 25, 2019 01:39 PM
Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

MONKEY BOY Anticouni is also a great employment attorney. An attorney only knows the facts as their client tells them at the outset of the case and perhaps what is in documents provided and that is it. You take a case if you think there is merit. Once it's filed, you proceed through discovery and that is when all facts/evidence, etc. are disclosed. At that point, you settle or move forward depending. A good attorney gets it wrapped up if their client cannot win, or has low chance of winning before they spend unnecessary money. Perhaps they had no case, perhaps they misrepresented facts, who knows. Unless you know all the facts maybe you should not judge or think you know something.

a-1574400330 Jan 25, 2019 12:38 PM
Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

How do you know there was not a settlement? Perhaps part of the settlement was this type of public retraction, for all you know. Settlements are confidential. Perhaps Cappello threatened them with malicious prosecution when all was said and done. And for the lawyer hating cynics out there, as an atty I can tell you, the only attorneys who made anything were the defense attorneys and why would they push for this when it takes money out of their pockets. Plaintiff lawyers in cases like this usually work on contingency (they only recover if you do). There is no benefit to lawyers financially when cases resolve this early, so learn something before you bash lawyers.

a-1574400330 Jan 25, 2019 12:59 PM
Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

Whether dismissing it was part of a settlement, I don't know, you're right. But I do know I'm sick of hearing everyone accusing lawyers of somehow cheating their clients or corrupt or other disparaging remarks. There are a few snakes, yes, as in EVERY profession. But the attorney bashing is getting tired and old.

a-1574400330 Jan 25, 2019 11:59 AM
Former Employees Retract Claims Against Santa Barbara Surgery Center

Coastwatch - not necessarily at all. This was a dismissal, not a settlement. Cases get dismissed (dropped) all the time for lack of evidence, but they don't always make a public announcement about it. Not everything is a conspiracy to make lawyers rich.

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