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Court rules suit against Alico, Lee County over rezoning outside scope of state statute

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 11, 2017, 3:51pm

LAKELAND — The 2nd District Court of Appeal on June 30 said Florida homeowners' claims against additional commercial development were outside the purview of the Consistency Statute, affirming a Circuit Court’s decision.

Appeals court remands case involving Treasure Chest Poker, says trial court didn't have jurisdiction

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 11, 2017, 3:37pm

LAKELAND — An appeals court has said a trial court didn't have jurisdiction declaring judgment in a case in which a poker company alleges the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco had improperly given notices of noncompliance to establishments that were its customers.

2nd District Court of Appeal remands request for attorneys’ fees in divorce case

David Hutton Jul. 7, 2017, 2:38pm

LAKELAND – Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal has vacated a lower court’s ruling in a divorce case and remanded it for a ruling on reasonable attorneys' fees and costs for the wife involved in the case.

Case of rejected St. Pete condo sale returns to trial court

Karen Kidd Jul. 3, 2017, 2:29pm

TAMPA — The sale of a St. Petersburg condo, which failed because the condominium association rejected the buyer shortly after the seller decided her listed price had been too low, will return the trial court.

2nd District Court of Appeal rejects malpractice lawsuit over ‘expert’ affidavit

David Hutton Jun. 26, 2017, 2:47pm

LAKELAND – Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman can’t sue the Florida Orthopaedic Institute and a doctor for allegedly performing an unneeded surgery because she didn’t provide expert affidavits from a qualified medical professional.

Appeals court affirms decision not to renew license of Tampa plastic surgeon convicted of drug offense

Karen Kidd Jun. 16, 2017, 1:35pm

LAKELAND — A Tampa cosmetic surgeon who has since 2011 been fighting allegations she used patient information to obtain Demerol for her own use will not have her medical license renewed, according to an appeals court ruling handed down this month.

Appeals court reverses summary judgment against homeowner

Sara McCleary May 9, 2017, 1:50pm

SARASOTA – Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of a homeowners’ association.

Florida appeals court permits minor to be deposed in mother's motor vehicle crash case

Melissa Busch Apr. 27, 2017, 3:41pm

LAKELAND — An appeals court recently ruled that an 11-year-old boy can testify as a material witness in a personal injury lawsuit filed by his mother, claiming she was injured after her vehicle was rear-ended.

Florida appeals court reverses decision in condominium lien case

Pam Wright Apr. 27, 2017, 2:55pm

LAKELAND — A Florida appeals court recently reversed a lower court's decision in a case involving liens on condominium units.

Appeals court rules water association should have warned about protruding valve

Dee Thompson Apr. 26, 2017, 2:12pm

LAKELAND — The 2nd District Court of Appeal determined that Island Water should not have been granted summary judgment and it had a duty to warn of a protruding water valve that caused a woman to trip and fall.

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.

Private Sarasota County hospitals' indigent care reimbursement case headed to high court

Carrie Salls Jul. 25, 2016, 11:42am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court agreed to consider a case related to a 13-year-old law that requires Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals in the county for care of those who cannot afford to pay for medical services.

Appeal filed by woman hoping to keep her alligator; Owner says animal is potty trained and 'great' with kids

Andy Jones May 13, 2016, 7:08pm

LAKELAND – A case has been filed with the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal in hopes of keeping Rambo the alligator with his caregiver of more than 11 years – Mary Thorn of Lakeland.

10-year bungled home construction saga ends with $168,000 ruling for Hillsborough woman

Derek Dowell Apr. 6, 2016, 1:15pm

LAKELAND – Fighting to recoup money lost because of her home’s shoddy construction has taken more than a decade of Michelle Gray’s life, and extracted a terrible toll both financially and emotionally, but it seems the Hillsborough woman will finally see compensation for her ordeal to the tune of $168,000.