The attorney for a Joplin woman who is suing Freeman Neosho for wrongful dismissal has dropped a motion for a default judgment, saying she was mistaken and that hospital officials had filed their response to the lawsuit on time.
In documents filed today with the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Donna Kitchen, Joplin, lawyer for Charis Seaton, said she filed the motion believing that the response had not been received, but court records indicate that it had been.
Ms. Seaton is seeking more than $10 million from Freeman, claiming she was wrongfully fired. She says Freeman Neosho Chief Operating Officer Janice Walker violated criminal law by obtaining and disclosing patients' health information. The patients to whom Ms. Seaton is referring allegedly "were having sex with the Freeman Hospital physician who was under investigation for allegedly abusing drugs," according to the lawsuit. The petition also says Ms. Walker used Ms. Seaton's private medical records for her own gain.