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Broward Health general counsel Lynn Barrett as North Broward Hospital District holds a special board meeting on Feb. 10, 2016, to discuss pending investigations.

The general counsel at a South Florida public hospital system was fired Wednesday following public accusations that she failed to sign contracts on time and funneled millions of dollars to outside law firms, according to a Sun Sentinel account.

The top lawyer, Lynn Barrett, was ousted by a 4-2 vote of the board of the North Broward Hospital District in Fort Lauderdale, which markets itself under the brand name Broward Health. The vote came after years of controversy, including a 2015 agreement by the five-hospital district to pay $69.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations involving improper relationships with referring doctors, the 2016 suicide of its then-CEO and criminal and civil litigation against several current and former hospital system officials, including Barrett, over alleged state Sunshine Law violations.

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Kristen Rasmussen

Kristen Rasmussen is an Atlanta-based reporter who covers corporate law departments and in-house attorneys.

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