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Jones Day argues that federal law on smoking lawsuits should preempt state laws

Dee Thompson Nov. 20, 2016, 10:27pm

TALLAHASSEE -- Attorney Gregory Katsas with Jones Day in Washington, representing tobacco company R.J. Reynolds, recently argued before the Florida Supreme Court that in Florida courts, the liability and negligence claims of smokers are preempted by federal law.

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.

Punta Gorda attorney still practicing law, despite facing heroin trafficking charges

Cassandra Stone Nov. 18, 2016, 1:34pm

PUNTA GORDA -  Criminal defense attorney Steven Burch continues to practice law despite facing federal charges for trafficking heroin. 

Florida attorneys debate Daubert Standard; court ruling to come soon

Kristin Danley-Greiner Nov. 18, 2016, 12:28am

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida Supreme Court will rule on changes to the admissibility standard for expert testimony, which has been contested in past civil litigation cases.

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals files for bankruptcy

Russell Boniface Oct. 24, 2016, 12:20am

WILMINGTON -- Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals and its two wholly-owned subsidiaries have filed for bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware.

Well-known Monticello attorney dies

Kerry Goff Oct. 22, 2016, 11:17am

GAINESVILLE -- Well-known and successful Monticello attorney John David Caminez passed away Sept. 25 in Chance Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. For almost 43 years, he litigated cases involving personal injury and wrongful death in northern Florida, as well as served as co-counsel for numerous cases in Georgia, Alabama and other states.

Stetson University professor publishes book on rise, resistance of corporate power

Rebecca Campbell Sep. 1, 2016, 1:13pm

GULFPORT – A college law professor has written a book hoping to encourage people to reconsider which rights are appropriate for corporations after meeting people who were confused about what corporations are and how their role in a democracy has metamorphosed.

Dean: Homecoming to be 'a big deal' as FSU College of Law celebrates 50 years

Dawn Brotherton Aug. 12, 2016, 12:05pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State University College of Law opened its doors to its first class in 1966. Today, it’s considered the top law school in Florida and the 32nd best in the nation.

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.

'No surcharge' laws on credit card purchases are unconstitutional, attorney says

Karen Kidd Jul. 27, 2016, 8:16am

MIAMI – A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of "no surcharge" laws on credit card purchases will determine whether merchants have to keep lying to customers, an official with the Institute for Justice's Florida office said during an interview.

No end in sight for Florida-Georgia water feud

Mike Helenthal Jun. 30, 2016, 10:21am

WASHINGTON – Just follow the money and you'll understand why the states of Georgia and Florida are going back to court to continue their 27-year battle over water rights.

Florida Supreme Court to hear traffic stop passenger seizure case

Carrie Salls Jun. 3, 2016, 9:41pm

DAYTONA BEACH – The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling that requires passengers in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation to remain in the vehicle or at the scene of the traffic stop.

Rep. Brown taking redistricting case to U.S. Supreme Court

Jamie Kelly May 23, 2016, 6:08pm

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) is continuing to fight a redistricting plan that would shift her congressional district from north-south to east-west, but her prospects for victory aren’t clear for several reasons.

Congresswoman takes Florida redistricting fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Carrie Salls May 20, 2016, 7:00pm

WASHINGTON – In the latest chapter in the state of Florida’s redistricting saga, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) appealed her redistricting case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management case finally over after 22 years

Karen Kidd Apr. 12, 2016, 6:07pm

TALLAHASSEE – After 22 years in the courts, including a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the "takings" case of Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management is all but over, though most don't know it's still going on, a Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) spokeswoman said.

Florida DUI laws face constitutional challenge in new class action

Nicholas Price Apr. 8, 2016, 4:23pm

ORLANDO – Two Orlando attorneys amended a class-action complaint to name four more plaintiffs in a case against the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s driving under the influence laws.

AG Bondi to seek U.S. SC review of 'no surcharge' challenge

Karen Kidd Mar. 17, 2016, 4:20pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will appeal a loss in four companies' constitutional challenge to the state's "no surcharge" laws, which bar surcharges on credit card purchases, to the U.S. Supreme Court, a spokesperson said.

Florida congressman leads campaign to appoint Warren to Supreme Court

Michael Carroll Mar. 3, 2016, 4:04pm

ORLANDO — U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, an Orlando Democrat and current candidate for the U.S. Senate, has mounted an Internet campaign urging President Obama to appoint Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.