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Judge denies motion to step aside from case, calling it 'bunk'

Richard Jones Apr. 20, 2017, 4:42pm

TALLAHASSEE — Judge Mark E. Walker of the U.S. District for the Northern District of Florida has struck down a motion by a Sarasota-based concrete firm seeking to remove him from hearing a breach of indemnity lawsuit against bought by the company Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Florida district court rules in excess coverage case

Richard Jones Apr. 20, 2017, 4:29pm

PENSACOLA — The U.S. District for the Northern District of Florida granted a summary judgment in favor of American Casualty Insurance Co. and denied a similar motion for the Tudor Insurance Co. in a case to determine whether American Casualty was required to contribute to the monetary settlement of a claim in involving a party insured by both companies.

Appeals court allows judgment against tobacco giant to stand

Richard Jones Apr. 17, 2017, 3:42pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida First District Court of Appeal has affirmed a lower court decision against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a case in which a woman claims the laryngeal cancer she suffered from was caused by cigarettes.

First District Court of Appeals sends land-use case back to lower court

Richard Jones Apr. 17, 2017, 3:22pm

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's First District Court of Appeal recently affirmed parts of a lower court decision while reversing the summary judgment from a circuit court judge in a case disputing the future use of land.

First District Court of Appeal reinstates jai alai application for Magic City Casino

Richard Jones Apr. 17, 2017, 3:01pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida First District Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court ruling that denied a Miami casino and resort owner's jai alai license for the summer season.

Temporary injunction against abortion waiting period reinstated; case remanded to circuit court

Richard Jones Apr. 12, 2017, 3:01pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida 1st District Court of Appeal on April 4 remanded a case over the required waiting period before an abortion can be performed to the Circuit Court for Leon County.

Appeals court says Winn-Dixie not liable for customer's injury

Richard Jones Apr. 12, 2017, 2:40pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida 1st District Court of Appeal has affirmed a lower court judgment in a premises liability case involving the Winn-Dixie grocery chain.

Appeals court allows counties to pursue reimbursement from Department of Juvenile Justice

Richard Jones Apr. 11, 2017, 3:54pm

TALLAHASSEE — The 1st District Court of Appeal has found that three Florida counties involved in litigation with the Department of Juvenile Justice can move forward with their appeals despite a recent settlement agreement.

Appeals court reverses adoption ruling

Richard Jones Apr. 11, 2017, 2:59pm

TALLAHASSEE —The 1st District Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court ruling that vacated a 2004 adoption because the appellee lacked proper standing to challenge the adoption, according to court records.

Attorney lauds court’s decision to reinstate 2004 adoption

Richard Jones Apr. 7, 2017, 1:04pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Lawyers for a Florida man and his adopted son have applauded a First District Court of Appeal ruling upholding the 2004 adoption on grounds the man’s biological son did not have the standing to contest the preceding.

Florida Supreme Court establishes a separate set of rules and procedures for family court

Richard Jones Apr. 4, 2017, 5:28pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on March 16 released a new set of rules to simplify the family law processes while establishing a separate set of rules and procedures for matters before family court.

Florida Supreme Court rejects 2013 amendment saying jurisdiction on procedural matters lies with the court

Richard Jones Feb. 17, 2017, 1:45pm

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s highest court has struck down a 2013 state law, backed by Gov. Rick Scott, that changed the standard used by Florida to govern the admissibility of expert witness testimony.