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Florida man whose floating home was seized may return to Supreme Court

John Severance Apr. 26, 2017, 1:43pm

RIVIERA BEACH — On his website, Fane Lozman refers to himself as a corruption-fighting activist who saved 2,200 homes from seizure and his own home was destroyed, but he is better known for a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court decides not to hear Tampa General malpractice suit

John Severance Apr. 19, 2017, 3:27pm

TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court recently declined to hear a malpractice case in which a woman died while in surgery at Tampa General Hospital.

Bethune-Cookman enters affiliation agreement with for-profit Arizona law school

John Severance Apr. 14, 2017, 2:47pm

DAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), a historically black university in Daytona Beach, has entered into an affiliation agreement with Arizona Summit Law School.

Appeals court reverses order in arbitration case involving car dealer

John Severance Apr. 11, 2017, 3:42pm

MIAMI — The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court’s denial of an arbitration case involving a car dealership that sold vehicles to buyers who did not speak English.

Workers' comp bill gets another test today

John Severance Apr. 6, 2017, 10:28am

TALLAHASSEE — There already has been lengthy discussions about Florida House Bill 7085, which barely got out of subcommittee last month.

Bentley III of Florida's middle district one of Trump's U.S. Attorney casualties

John Severance Apr. 2, 2017, 7:02pm

TAMPA — At the beginning of March, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys, most of whom were appointed by former president Barack Obama. One of those attorneys who turned in their resignations to the president and attorney general Jeff Sessions was A. Lee Bentley III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

Appeals court reverses decision favorable to opt-out proponents

John Severance Mar. 31, 2017, 7:03pm

TALLAHASSEE — An appellate court has overturned a circuit-court decision that said school districts had to consider other ways of advancing students besides standardized-test results.

Florida attorney pleads guilty to concealment of assets in bankruptcy case

John Severance Mar. 30, 2017, 8:30pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A former attorney who lives in Fort Myers but also had an office in Winter Haven has pleaded guilty to concealment of assets from a bankruptcy estate, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently reported.

Legal-malpractice suit stays alive

John Severance Mar. 20, 2017, 10:08pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The 4th District Court of Appeal recently kept alive a legal-malpractice suit against foreclosure defense attorney Robert Lithman and two firms by allowing one of the plaintiffs to continue its case.

Pinellas County officials fight back against 'sovereign citizens'

John Severance Mar. 18, 2017, 1:08pm

&&& A prisoner serving 20 years for attempted murder recently wrote that Ken Burke, Pinellas Circuit Court clerk, should immediately release him from prison. In another case, the prisoner claimed Burke was liable for $50 million.

Jackpot winner, also a convicted sex offender, allegedly fails to make settlement payment

John Severance Mar. 17, 2017, 7:38pm

ORLANDO — A convicted sex offender who won a $3 million Florida Lottery jackpot and settled a lawsuit filed by his alleged victims is in more hot water with the court system.

State Supreme Court, house speaker at odds over senior-justice service

John Severance Mar. 13, 2017, 8:36pm

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry was set to retire in Dec. 30 of last year. But he still had some cases to work on, so Perry was granted service as a senior justice.

Appeals court rejects gun rights group's suit against city of Tallahassee

John Severance Mar. 13, 2017, 7:12pm

TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court recently handed a victory to the city of Tallahassee, rejecting a suit filed by a pair of guns-rights groups.

Brevard clerk says EDC documents made deal 'go'

John Severance Aug. 29, 2016, 1:33pm

TITUSVILLE – Brevard County Clerk of Court Scott Ellis has waited more than three years for this.

New College of Florida hires new general counsel

John Severance Aug. 1, 2016, 11:57am

SARASOTA – New College of Florida, a liberal arts college in Sarasota, has hired Michael Pierce as its general counsel

Poll: Florida voters favor alternative energy proposals

John Severance Jul. 15, 2016, 4:09pm

SAINT LEO – Florida voters support two different alternative energy proposals that will be on the ballot in August and November, according to the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

17 Carlton Fields attorneys recognized as Legal Elite

John Severance Jul. 12, 2016, 10:17am

ST. PETERSBURG – Florida Trend magazine recently released its 2016 Legal Elite list, and there was one firm that got more recognition than anybody else.

Ocala real estate attorney honored for 50 years of service

John Severance Jul. 12, 2016, 10:06am

OCALA – At age 81, Landis Curry, a lifelong Ocala resident, is still practicing real estate law. Just last month, he was honored by the Florida Bar for 50 years of service.

Plea deal possible for accused shark sellers

John Severance Jul. 4, 2016, 5:29pm

MIAMI – The attorney for a Florida Keys couple accused of illegally buying and selling sharks said it’s possible a plea deal may be reached in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez on July 11.