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Disability termination lawsuit against Standard Insurance nothing new

Carrie Salls Mar. 2, 2017, 5:45pm

FORT LAUDERDALE — A case involving a former TIN Inc. employee seeking reinstatement of his long-term disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is not Standard Insurance Co.’s first experience with this type of lawsuit, according to one Florida attorney.

Collaboration helps juvenile offenders forge a path for the future

Carrie Salls Jan. 19, 2017, 10:42pm

JACKSONVILLE – A pro bono program for juvenile offenders who have completed the State Attorney’s Office’s diversion program, which began as a collaboration between Florida Coastal School of Law and the Center for Legal Rights, has blossomed into a new joint effort that links the city, the State Attorney’s Office, Florida Coastal, the Duval County Clerk of Courts, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

Florida Supreme Court ruling addresses insurance payment clause debate

Carrie Salls Dec. 16, 2016, 12:32pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court has sided with a homeowner who sued American Home Assurance Co. Inc. after the insurer denied his claim related to water damage in his Naples home.  

Professor says quality appointments key for next Constitution Revision Commission

Carrie Salls Dec. 8, 2016, 7:57pm

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Interest in serving on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) for the 2017-2018 term is ramping up, and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga already has 32 applicants for the 15 members he can choose for the 37-member commission.

Pacific Legal Foundation asks Florida Supreme Court to hear undertakings case

Carrie Salls Nov. 20, 2016, 10:39pm

MARATHON – The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has asked the Florida Supreme Court to review a regulatory undertakings case that pits the owners of a small island in the Florida Keys against the town that allegedly took jurisdiction over the property nearly three decades after it was purchased.  

Florida Supreme Court foreclosure ruling expected to increase filings, provide clarity

Carrie Salls Nov. 18, 2016, 2:24pm

TALLAHASSEE – A Florida Supreme Court ruling allowing mortgage lenders to resume suspended foreclosure proceedings at any time likely will mean an increase in foreclosure filings, according to three mortgage experts, who also agree the ruling provides much-needed clarity and consistency to lenders.  

Citizens group raises safety, environmental, financial concerns about rail project

Carrie Salls Nov. 10, 2016, 10:09pm

CORAL GABLES – Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) voiced its support for Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties in their challenge of environmental permits issued in connection with All Aboard Florida’s Miami-to-Orlando railway project.  

Environmental groups look to stop three-state pipeline project

Carrie Salls Nov. 10, 2016, 7:37pm

JUNO BEACH, FLORIDA – An attorney for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, one of three environmental groups that have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to stop construction on three Southeastern pipeline projects, said its primary concerns are the impacts the $3.2 billion Sabal Trail Pipeline project will have on the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and the communities along those waterways.  

McGlinchey Stafford adds three attorneys to Florida Commercial Litigation group

Carrie Salls Nov. 10, 2016, 7:21pm

FORT LAUDERDALE and JACKSONVILLE – McGlinchey Stafford PLLC has added of counsel Allen S. Katz and associates Shannon M. Arsenault and Gina L. Bulecza to its Commercial Litigation practice group in Florida. 

Environmental permit challenges latest chapter in rail project fight

Carrie Salls Nov. 2, 2016, 11:29pm

CORAL GABLES – Officials in Martin and Indian River counties have started a new battle in connection with the completion of the proposed $3.1 billion All Aboard Florida Miami-to-Orlando project by attempting to derail efforts to obtain the necessary environmental permits.  

Florida police chiefs, former justices call for rejection of revised marijuana proposal

Carrie Salls Oct. 24, 2016, 12:13am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and five former Florida Supreme Court justices have voiced opposition to a November ballot question that asks voters in the state to legalize marijuana through a constitutional amendment.  

Congresswoman's former attorney says publication's 'grandstanding' comments are 'rubbish'

Carrie Salls Sep. 14, 2016, 6:39pm

ORLANDO – Before withdrawing from his brief tenure as a lawyer for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who lost her bid for re-election in the state’s Aug. 30 primary and is facing a federal fraud trial, attorney Mark NeJame took umbrage at statements made about his professional style by a Florida publication. 

ACLU complaint seeks to secure hormone therapy for transgender prisoner

Carrie Salls Aug. 26, 2016, 10:09am

TALLAHASSEE – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has filed a lawsuit challenging the Florida Department of Corrections’ (DOC) denial of hormone therapy and other medically necessary treatments for a transgender woman currently serving time in a state men’s prison.

Courts and trademark attorneys agree: Confusion between FIU, FNU unlikely

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 11:26am

MIAMI – Florida International University (FIU) lost the latest round in its trademark infringement case against Florida National University (FNU) when the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals entered a ruling in favor of FNU in July.

Changing Cuba-U.S. relations could open new doors for Cuban lawyers

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 8:54am

MIAMI – Recent developments regarding the relations between the United States and Cuba will likely have an impact on lawyers hoping to study and practice in the United States, as well as on how law schools prepare students for international engagements.

Rising care costs, unhappy workers left in wake of high court appeal reject

Carrie Salls Aug. 4, 2016, 7:10pm

WASHINGTON – Several home care industry groups recently lost their bid to have an appeal of new rules that provide minimum wage and overtime pay privileges to home health care workers heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in potential rising care costs and unhappy providers.

Family law attorney, Rising Star: 'Nothing in life is impossible'

Carrie Salls Jul. 25, 2016, 11:57am

TAMPA – Family law attorney Michelle G. Hutt of Allen Dell, PA was recently named to the 2016 list of Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.

Private Sarasota County hospitals' indigent care reimbursement case headed to high court

Carrie Salls Jul. 25, 2016, 11:42am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court agreed to consider a case related to a 13-year-old law that requires Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals in the county for care of those who cannot afford to pay for medical services.

Touby: Workers' compensation rulings bring balance to 'pro-business' system

Carrie Salls Jul. 22, 2016, 8:29pm

TALLAHASSEE – A recent ruling by the Florida Supreme Court regarding the length of workers’ compensation disability benefits awarded to the most severely injured attempts to bring balance to the state’s system, according to Mark A. Touby, president of Florida Workers’ Advocates.

FBI halts requests for information on Orlando nightclub shooting investigation

Carrie Salls Jul. 20, 2016, 1:06pm

ORLANDO – A letter from Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Paul Wysopal has instructed local municipalities and agencies to forward requests made under the Florida Sunshine Act for information and records pertaining to the Pulse nightclub shooting investigation to the FBI.