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Lawsuit targets Pinellas lawyer

Jan T. Govan, who is running for circuit judge, is accused of not accounting for work with a health care company.

Published June 19, 2004

CLEARWATER - A Pinellas company that provides expert witnesses for parties involved in litigation is suing a Clearwater lawyer and accusing him of failing to provide a proper accounting of business the company referred to him.

The Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court lawsuit by Health Care Auditors and its owners was filed Wednesday against Jan T. Govan, a lawyer who is challenging incumbent Circuit Judge George Greer in the Aug. 31 election.

The suit says that Govan, who once worked at the Palm Harbor company as an independent administrator, monitored cases for which Health Care Auditors had provided experts and collected fees due from attorneys whose cases the company assisted.

In 2001, the suit says, Govan left the company after negotiating an agreement with Health Care Auditors that called for him to perform similar duties for it under a new corporation he formed, M Funding Inc.

Govan and the owners of Health Care Auditors, Nicholas and Doris Carolides, agreed to split proceeds due from cases referred to Govan, the suit says.

"Despite demand, there has not been any accounting for sums received on a number of the cases nor any report with respect to their status," the lawsuit said.

Govan did not return calls for comment Thursday and Friday. A spokesman said he could not comment because of a confidentiality agreement he had previously signed with Health Care Auditors.

The Carolides and their attorney declined to comment.

Govan sued Health Care Auditors in 2003 to collect money from a case he said he worked on. That case later settled out of court.

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