PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A dentists' group in Rhode Island is suing the state Health Department over what it calls illegal raids at dentists' offices.
The Rhode Island Dental Association filed a lawsuit Monday in Providence Superior Court against the Health Department's Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The association represents more than 550 dentists.
The association claims Health Department officials have conducted illegal searches of dentists' offices, illegally issued subpoenas, improperly seized patient records and retaliated against dentists who tried to speak out against them.
Health Department officials say they don't comment on pending litigation.
Dentists say they don't oppose inspections, but the department has no standards for them.
The association says during one inspection in Warwick this month, state officials demanded immediate action from a dentist who was in the middle of surgery.