Legal action: Apria Healthcare, Lincare

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A man from Santa Ana, Calif., has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apria Healthcare for allegedly contacting him without his permission regarding money he allegedly owed the provider. Frank Gutierrez filed a complaint on April 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging Apria violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Between July 2015 and July 2016, Apria allegedly contacted Gutierrez on his cell phone to collect payment on an alleged outstanding debt, according to the lawsuit. Apria has been charged with allegedly failing to receive prior express consent to contact Gutierrez and using an automatic dialing system.

Former employee sues Lincare

Charles Hartwig, the former CIO for Lincare, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company, according to local news reports. Hartwig in November 2015 accepted Lincare’s employment offer, which included a base salary of $325,000 a year, a $50,000 signing bonus and relocation expenses to move his family from New Jersey to Florida, according to the lawsuit. Five months later, however, he was fired. Hartwigargues in the lawsuit that Lincare allegedly failed to pay all of his relocation expenses and that it must repay his signing bonus. Hartwig, who previously worked at Johnson & Johnson, says in his lawsuit that Lincare hired him, in part, for helping the company complete its acquisition of American Home Patient