Health First Prevails Against Frivolous Litigation in Federal Court

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Health First is Brevard County's not-for-profit, community healthcare system

This week, Health First prevailed against two frivolous lawsuits filed in federal court. United States District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr., dismissed two lawsuits that centered on baseless allegations made by Craig Deligdish, a local doctor with a long history of vexatious litigation behavior against Health First.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This week, Health First prevailed against two frivolous lawsuits filed in federal court.

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed two lawsuits that centered on baseless allegations made by Craig Deligdish, a local doctor with a long history of vexatious litigation behavior against Health First.

“Health First appreciates Court’s dismissal of these unfounded and frivolous lawsuits,” said Nicholas Romanello, Health First Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.

“Craig Deligdish and his obsession with litigation against Health First has once again failed. These lawsuits divert millions of dollars to defend which should be used for our community.  Health First remains focused on our mission of improving the wellness and health of Brevard families,” said Romanello.

On April 21, the Court dismissed a class-action antitrust lawsuit against Health First as an impermissible shotgun pleading.

The lawsuit – filed only on Monday, April 19, 2021, by three Brevard residents, including leaders of the Brevard Federation of Teachers – was primarily based on the same allegations Deligdish asserted in other unsuccessful litigation and dating back many years.

On April 22, the Court dismissed a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by Omni Healthcare, which is owned by Deligdish.

In his ruling, Judge Dalton found Omni violated a written stipulation to not file a third amended complaint against Health First in this case. The case had also been reviewed by both the Federal and State’s Attorneys office which decided not to pursue litigation.

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system.

The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services.

Health First is committed to investing in the Brevard County community and since 2012 has provided more than $1 billion in community support.

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