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Florida floral business asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear tax dispute

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 20, 2016, 10:12pm

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida florist has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s flower tax after the Florida Supreme Court upheld the levy in a decision issued in May.

Disbarred attorney headed to prison for insurance settlement scam

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 17, 2016, 10:55pm

FORT LAUDERDALE — A former attorney faces seven years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to an insurance settlement scam.

Individuals, attorneys benefit from a la carte legal services, one Florida attorney says

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 7, 2016, 9:34pm

The traditional way of billing for legal services may not be working for the growing number of people who would rather represent themselves in state courthouses across the country because the cost of retaining a lawyer is too high.

Jury awards plaintiff $70 million in Johnson & Johnson talc case

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 28, 2016, 4:16pm

ST. LOUIS — A circuit court jury on Thursday awarded $70 million in damages over a woman’s claims that using Johnson & Johnson’s products containing talc, such as baby powder, contributed to her ovarian cancer.

Investor Florida Bar serves on grievance committee

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 22, 2016, 11:16am

MIAMI — A Miami businessman has learned more about legal ethics and rules by serving on a Florida Bar grievance committee.

Judge urges Florida Supreme Court to hold off on emergency suspension of attorney

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 18, 2016, 10:14pm

TALLAHASSEE — A judge acting as a referee won’t recommend the Florida Supreme Court suspend an attorney who is accused of barratry – "ambulance chasing" – in Texas and has pending complaints against him in Florida.

Attorney for abusers seeks to support domestic abuse victims instead

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 13, 2016, 5:27pm

ORLANDO — An Orlando attorney specializing in helping people who are unsure of who to turn to for legal help has created an education and resource center on his website for victims of domestic violence.

Miami-based legal matchmaking business continues to grow

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 27, 2016, 9:20am

MIAMI — A Florida-based business offering a la carte legal services has grown by leaps and bounds, expanding into 23 states in just two years. 

Florida lawyer accused of 'ambulance chasing' in Texas

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 23, 2016, 5:36am

DALLAS – A Florida attorney is on the other end of a lawsuit, facing allegations that he and a Dallas City Council member illegally solicited a woman in a wrongful death case – a crime known as ambulance chasing.

FPL defers request to charge consumers $22 million for new reactors

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 29, 2016, 12:15pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Power & Light (FPL) will not raise rates in 2017 to pay for the long-term project of constructing two new nuclear reactors.

Customers will likely foot the bill for nuclear plant's saltwater plume recovery plan

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 20, 2016, 3:10pm

MIAMI — Months after an administrative judge ruled that the canal cooling system at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point power plant is the major cause of an underground saltwater plume threatening South Florida drinking water, regulatory officials are considering the utility company’s proposal to remedy the problem.

Florida Super Lawyers names seven top-rated attorneys at Hopping Green & Sams

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 30, 2016, 11:15am

TALLAHASSEE – A rating service recently recognized 13 attorneys from Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee as top-rated lawyers in the state in several practice areas.

Lawsuit against police department will rely on dash cam video in K-9 case

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 28, 2016, 7:54pm

PUNTA GORDA – A video captured by a police car’s dashboard camera shows an officer’s K-9 partner latched onto a man’s underarm and pulling like it’s a game of tug-of-war. The man is yelling, telling the officer to get the dog off of him, while the officer directs the man to stop resisting and lay on his chest.

Florida Supreme Court upholds tax on out-of-state flower orders

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 23, 2016, 6:20pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently determined it’s constitutional to tax the sale of flowers that are ordered online through a company that resides in the state even though the order is fulfilled outside the state.

Maintenance worker cleans up in suit against Wellington mall's janitorial company

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 3, 2016, 9:57pm

WEST PALM BEACH – A man who accused a cleaning company of refusing to hire him because of his race was awarded approximately $172,000 by a jury.

Judge dismisses complaint against Hamilton County horse track

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 3, 2016, 9:49pm

TALLAHASSEE – Despite his criticism of the horse races held at Hamilton Downs, an administrative law judge dismissed a state regulator’s complaint that alleged some of the track’s races don’t count.

Trade secrets and transparency clash in suit over public records request

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 3, 2016, 9:25pm

TALLAHASSEE – A dispute over a public records request submitted to the state children’s health insurance program brings to light the tension between protecting trade secrets and transparency – two important facets of state law that can sometimes be at odds.

Florida Bar fills three board of governors seats after runoff

Taryn Phaneuf May 13, 2016, 8:15pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Bar has elected two new members and one incumbent to the Bar’s board of governors after a runoff vote settled three of five contested races.

With new section, Florida Bar sees greater interest in animal law; Creatures are considered family members, attorney says

Taryn Phaneuf May 10, 2016, 1:07pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida attorneys look forward to a new section of the state’s Bar association that will focus on animal law – a growing area of interest that intersects with almost every area of law, from contracts to sports to criminal law.

New VA policy would confirm a veteran's death before stopping benefits

Taryn Phaneuf May 9, 2016, 3:27pm

GULFPORT – The Department of Veterans Affairs enacted a new policy for confirming a veteran has actually died after realizing it wrongly stopped benefits for more than 100 veterans.