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March/April, 1999 Volume XIII Number 5
Florida clinic files second harassment lawsuitFort Lauderdale, FL - The Aware Woman Center For Choice filed a federal lawsuit on March 2 against two corporations, including on-line service providers, and several individuals - many from Brevard County - alleging harassment at the clinic's Palm Beach County center.
Aware Woman is one of seven plaintiffs in the suit, which they hope will be granted class action status on behalf of patients, physicians, staff and others "damaged by defendants." The suit is similar to one filed in Orlando January 5 by the clinic's Melbourne center.
Patricia Baird-Windle, founder and president of Aware Woman, said the latest lawsuit was filed after she learned that women in Palm Beach County could not be included in the January suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court, Middle District. West Palm Beach is part of the federal court system's Southern District.
The suit alleges that individuals, including Meredith Raney Jr. of Melbourne, converged on the West Palm Beach clinic on March 4, 1995, to assist in a "blockade and obstruct the clinic."
The corporate defendants "provided individual defendants with private and personal information on . . . patients, staff, doctors, and others" without their consent.
The suit says that Raney and others copied license plate numbers of patients parked at the clinic.
They created a "'blackmail database' to make unexpected and unwanted privacy-invading and security-threatening contact with" the patients, the suit states.
The suit seeks financial damages, declaratory relief and forfeiture of assets. It is based on constitutional rights and federal statutes:
Baird-Windle said the damage to her staff has been financial and emotional.
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