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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.

Pensacola Beach developer's attorney makes case against tax assessment

Carrie Salls Jun. 21, 2016, 6:24pm

PENSACOLA BEACH – An attorney representing a company developing resort towers in Pensacola Beach believes a request by the Escambia County property appraiser and tax collector asking the Florida Supreme Court to reverse a ruling prohibiting the county from collecting taxes on the land will be denied. 

The Florida Channel recognized for bringing transparency to courts

Jamie Kelly Jun. 20, 2016, 9:27pm

TALLAHASSEE – A report from earlier this year by the Government Accountability Office highlighted the way Florida uses video to give its citizens access to the state’s judiciary.

Supreme Court Sides with local attorney in judicial seat contest

Dawn Brotherton Jun. 14, 2016, 7:42pm

TALLAHASSEE – Following a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, Palm Beach voters will be making their choice for an open county judge vacancy in August.

Florida Power and Light investment decision set back by Supreme Court

Sean Fowler Jun. 13, 2016, 7:38pm

TALLAHASSEE –  Florida Power and Light (FPL) knew it was taking a risk when becoming the first public utility to invest in gas production. Now, it's been dealt a major setback that means, at least in Florida, it'll be the last.

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.

Middleton to take oath as ‘public member’ for Florida Bar board of governors

Carol Ostrow Jun. 3, 2016, 9:35pm

ORLANDO – Nurse by profession, community activist by nature, Sharon Middleton will have much to offer the Florida Bar when she joins its Board of Governors at the Bar’s June 17 annual convention as a public member.

Florida Supreme Court to decide if communications services tax law is unconstitutional

Andrew Burger Jun. 2, 2016, 4:02pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida State Supreme Court recently began wading into the issue of differences in local communications services tax rates levied on satellite TV and cable TV services providers.

Legislative inaction, indemnification ruling impact Miami-Orlando rail service future

Carrie Salls May 28, 2016, 1:50pm

POMPANO BEACH – Following inaction by the Florida legislature on an amendment that would have addressed the state’s legal liability and a subsequent Florida Supreme Court ruling dealing with the Department of Transportation’s railroad crossing indemnity clause, a collaboration between Tri-Rail and All Aboard Florida that would bring commuter rail service from Miami to Orlando may soon be full-speed ahead.

McDaniel challenges incumbent Barber in Polk County judicial election

Carol Ostrow May 27, 2016, 7:17pm

BARTOW – Nearing the end of her second six-year term, incumbent Judge Susan Barber faces a formidable challenge in Michael McDaniel, who is campaigning to fill her seat in Polk County’s judicial election on Aug. 30.

Seminole judge who jailed domestic violence victim to take anger management classes

Whitney Wright May 26, 2016, 2:44pm

SANFORD – Seminole Judge Jerri Collins recently was publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court, and ordered to take anger management classes and attend a course on how to best handle domestic violence victims in court, after a video of her severely scolding a woman in court went viral.

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.

Florida's abortion delay law again on hold

Jamie Kelly May 20, 2016, 12:03pm

TALLAHASSEE – A law that required Florida women seeking an abortion to make a second visit to their doctor after at least 24 hours is again on hold, this time while the state’s Supreme Court considers its constitutionality.

Impact of Engle v. Liggett continues to be felt 10 years later

Mark Powell May 19, 2016, 2:50pm

TALLAHASSEE – Big tobacco has been on the run in Florida since a 2006 decision to decertify a class-action lawsuit, freeing up thousands of potential plaintiffs to file independent suits.

State Supreme Court issues ruling against Safeco Insurance in uninsured motorist case

Sean Fowler May 19, 2016, 10:01am

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's highest court recently ruled that insured drivers involved in accidents with uninsured motorists are entitled to a jury determination of liability and full extent of recoverable damages before a first-party bad faith case, as Florida courts continue to seek to protect drivers in insurance cases.

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.

Artitst can pursue lawsuit against UPS over lost paintings, Supreme Court says

Taryn Phaneuf May 9, 2016, 3:17pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court has given another shot to an artist who accused UPS of stealing her art and selling it to a third party.

Florida Supreme Court declines to hear birth injury suit; family can continue claim

Taryn Phaneuf Apr. 30, 2016, 5:58pm

TALLAHASSEE – In deciding not to hear a dispute over whether the University of Miami can be held liable for a birth injury, the Florida Supreme Court has allowed a family to continue to pursue its claim.

Florida Bar Suspends Fort Myers attorney

Mark Powell Apr. 29, 2016, 1:57pm

ORLANDO – The Florida Bar has suspended Fort Myers attorney Josiah Ewing Hutton Jr. for alleged misappropriations of client funds.