Somervell County Hospital District lawyers trying to hide information that is on their invoices to the district


 
What is the hospital district trying to hide?

Somervell County Hospital District lawyers trying to hide information that is on their invoices to the district
 


19 February 2014 at 7:05:43 PM
pharper

I did an open records request the other day

To Open Records Administrator:

I would like a copy of all invoices from Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC and I would like them in electronic format sent in email.

 

 I get a response back from the lawyers

Mr. Harper,

 I represent Somervell County Hospital District. This e-mail is in response to your request dated February 16, 2014.

 As you may know, information that is in a bill for attorney's fees and that is privileged under the attorney-client privilege is protected from disclosure under the Public Information Act. In this regard, please clarify whether you consent to Somervell County Hospital District redacting such attorney-client information it believes is privileged and confidential in accordance with the Act without the necessity of a request to the Office of the Attorney General.

 Please be advised that your request will be considered withdrawn if you do not respond in writing within 61 days of the date of this request for clarification.

 Trent Krienke
Partner
Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC
5608 Parkcrest Drive, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78731
(512) 660-5963 direct
(512) 660-5960 main
(512) 660-5979 fax

Of course I do not trust them to redact anything because it would be at their discretion so I fire back...

Trent,
I do not consent to anything. Follow the law if you want to not disclose information per the open records act and send your request to the OAG, not me.

Paul Harper

 

Now we are off to the Office of Attorney General (OAG). The hospital district lawyers will file a request with the OAG to be able to redact information and then I will file a response to that request with the OAG countering all their points. At that point the OAG will make a decision and send out some letters dictating what is able to be redacted, if anything. Some of you may be thinking what a pain in the ass, yes it is and it is like this every time with the hospital district. They are trying to hide everything from emails to invoices from the lawyers to copies of a file about an employee who was on illegal drugs during the time they were working for the taxpayers. What's up with all the secrecy? They just keep losing that battle with the OAG but the lawyers do get to keep billing the taxpayers because the unelected leadership keeps trying hide everything and they do it through the lawyers!

Stay tuned as I continue to work hard to help the local taxpayers with this hospital district disaster!

 

 

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1 - concernedcitizen   19 Feb 2014 @ 11:25:56 PM 

Let's talk attorney client privilege ---- this law firm worked for citizens of Somervell County (clients) way before they started working for the hospital district!  Proof is a video by which the hospital authority (our employees) and the law firm confirms that they performed work for the Hospital Authority and was paid by the citizens of Somerville County. Now they want to dump us as clients and say the hospital district is their client.  They can't legally do that !!!!  Been waiting for some time to prove this !  Aahhhaaaa. We captured it in a letter written by them!

A grievance should be filed with the Texas bar association!  Texas state attorney general's office will see that the open records request is valid and make them  honor the request just like they had to on the cover up for the drug problem at the hospital!!!!  They should be dis-barred!


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