BRADENTON, Fla. — The Tuomey Healthcare System in South Carolina disclosed Oct. 2 that it is appealing a court ruling ordering Tuomey to pay $39.9 million for violations of the False Claims Act plus $237.5 million in civil fines.

At the same time, Standard & Poor's dropped the hospital's 2006 underlying bonds rating further into junk territory, to CCC from BB.

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