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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.

Same sex marriage widowers win death certificate dispute

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Apr. 7, 2017, 2:04pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two same sex marriage widowers won a class action ruling for the right to accurate death certificates of spouses that acknowledge their marriage and recognize the surviving spouse, according to court documents March 23.

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.

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.

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.

Florida appeals court orders new trial for tobacco case that produced $23.6B verdict

Glenn Minnis Mar. 5, 2017, 2:46pm

TALLAHASSEE — An appellate court in Florida has ordered a new trial in a cancer-related case in which tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds was ordered to pay a record-high $23.6 billion judgment.

Appeals court rules workers cannot choose their own doctors

Dee Thompson Feb. 9, 2017, 10:03pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida 1st District Court of Appeals decided against the plaintiff in a workers-compensation case because he sought to change primary doctors from a family practice physician to an orthopedist.

Florida couple win legal battle over skydiving business

Cheyenne Dickerson Jan. 30, 2017, 2:07pm

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. — A Florida couple is happy to have its long-term legal battle over its skydiving business finally reach a conclusion in its favor.

Florida court rules on workers’ compensation rate hike

Melissa Busch Jan. 8, 2017, 7:23pm

TALLAHASSEE – Barring emergency circumstances, a Florida court ruled that no extensions will be given in the appeal case looking to overturn a court order that invalidated the approved 14.5 percent rate increase on the state’s workers’ compensation rates.

Florida court rejects AT&T telecom contract protest

Michelle de Leon Dec. 4, 2016, 10:42pm

TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida appellate court confirmed that the Florida Department of Management Services did not err in its decision regarding a major state telecommunications contract that was questioned by AT&T.

Appeals court sides with circuit court in decision about sheriff's deputies

Christopher Knoll Nov. 9, 2016, 10:05am

TALLAHASSEE -- An ongoing, six-year-old legal saga involving dismissed Okaloosa Sheriff's Officers Rick Hord, Jon Bush and John Lee has taken another turn.

Six judges from 1st District Court of Appeals face retention votes

Heather Doyle Nov. 8, 2016, 11:47am

TALLAHASEE — Six judges from the First District Court of Appeals are on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. These judges are appointed by the governor and then must stand for merit retention votes one year after their initial appointment, and again every six years.

League of Women Voters chair: Legislature 'circumvented' the law with scholarship program

Tara Mapes Sep. 15, 2016, 5:30am

TALLAHASSEE – A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by the circuit court that found the Florida Education Association (FEA) and other plaintiffs lacked standing in its attempt to have a state-funded scholarship program declared unconstitutional.

Appeals court decision could affect emergency medical care for immigrants

Brent Zell Aug. 23, 2016, 3:15pm

TALLAHASSEE – An appeals court decision could affect how hospitals handle emergency care of immigrants, a law professor told The Florida Record.