Parties agree to drop case against Tupelo hospice house

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A federal lawsuit was dismissed Tuesday against Sanctuary Hospice House and its former clinical director.
Casey Lott of Booneville, attorney for the plaintiffs, said all parties had agreed not to divulge any details to the media.
In September 2008, Rebecca Dillard and Faye McLain of Georgia sued Dr. Paul White, Marilyn Lehman and Sanctuary claiming they acted improperly in the premature death of the women’s mother, Esther Evans.
White was medical director and Lehman clinical director at Sanctuary when Evans died there in 2006.
“It’s really all in the stipulation for dismissal,” said Booneville attorney Ronald Michael, representing Lehman. Sanctuary’s attorney, L.F. Sams Jr. of Tupelo, said much the same.
What the stipulation says is that all claims are dropped against Lehman and Sanctuary, and that no money was paid by Lehman or Sanctuary or compromises made by them to end the lawsuit.
Basically, it appears the sisters walked away from the lawsuit, although there’s no public information about why.
Because it’s dismissed “with prejudice,” that means their claims in the lawsuit cannot be brought up again. Each side will pay its own court costs.
Their complaint against White was dismissed in December 2009.
About five state lawsuits remain in Lee County on other similar claims, and motions to dismiss have been filed by defendants in at least three of them.
Contact Patsy Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.