Sarasota counrt orders Buchanan to pay fine

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SARASOTA - A circuit court in Sarasota has ordered Congressman Vern Buchanan and his attorneys to pay a fine for not cooperating with attorneys in a lawsuit.

According the ruling, Buchanan's attorneys must pay the fine of $1,700 by Monday.

The ruling comes as part of civil case against Buchanan by a former business partner.

According to court documents, several requests had been made for Buchanan's attorneys to turn over documents, but they were never produced.

A judge ruled that Buchanan's attorneys must pay the fine and give up the documents.

Buchanan's attorneys are reported as saying it was nothing more than a misunderstanding.