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Lakeland attorney fears precedent in lottery winnings case; More frivolous claims are likely, he says

Sean Fowler Apr. 28, 2016, 5:38pm

LAKELAND – A Seminole County judge's ruling over disputed lottery winnings brought some legal definition to the concept of a verbal contract. One Florida attorney, however, believes the case could lead to a troubling precedent.

Coral Springs attorney encourages mediation over full-blown trial

Jeff Wright Apr. 20, 2016, 6:38pm

CORAL SPRINGS – Attorney Scott Stadler, who was recently certified as a family law mediator by the Florida Supreme Court, believes it's better for couples to hash out the details of divorce proceedings long before a judge can have the final say.  

Got a PIP letter? Attorneys offer tips to insurers who receive personal injury protection demands

Taryn Phaneuf Apr. 20, 2016, 6:34pm

FORT LAUDERDALE – If an auto insurance company fails to pay a personal injury protection (PIP) claim, Florida law requires the medical provider submit a demand letter to the insurer before filing a lawsuit. The company has 30 days to respond to the letter and in that time, it has a lot to consider.

Recent discipline of attorneys highlights no-nonsense professional requirements

Derek Dowell Apr. 19, 2016, 5:26pm

ORLANDO – The Florida State Bar Association recently released the names and offenses of four attorneys who ran afoul of professional expectations.

South Florida puts the brakes on red-light camera tickets until legal cases resolved

Emma Gallimore Apr. 15, 2016, 11:54am

TALLAHASSEE – The red-light camera program across South Florida is on hold pending the result of multiple court cases.

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.

Outdated red light law at the heart of recent case

Katelyn Kivel Apr. 11, 2016, 3:35pm

TALLAHASSEE – At issue in a recent Florida Supreme Court decision is an old version of the state’s red light camera procedures, which was found to be unfair to drivers of rental cars.

Florida Supreme Court Sunshine Law decision 'a long time in coming,' newspaper editor says

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2016, 5:31pm

JACKSONVILLE – While 32 months isn't a long time in many lawsuits, it was a grinding pace for Times-Union Editor Frank Denton in his lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville and the Police and Fire Pension Fund for alleged Sunshine Law violation.

Florida attorneys continue debate over adoption of the Daubert Standard for expert witnesses

Vimbai Chikomo Mar. 29, 2016, 1:27pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Daubert Standard may have been passed into Florida law just less than three years ago, but the decision to replace the Frye Standard with it remains highly contested among Florida attorneys, and the Florida Supreme Court will have the final say.

Brevard County judge removed from office for altercation

Jacob Bielanski Mar. 25, 2016, 5:30pm

TITUSVILLE – A judge with the Brevard County court was removed from office following a decision by the Florida Supreme Court in December.

DUI charges bring down another Broward County judge

Michael Carroll Mar. 4, 2016, 10:23am

POMPANO BEACH -- A Broward County circuit judge’s decision to resign her post rather than further defend her reputation in the wake a 2014 drunken driving conviction illustrates the Florida Supreme Court’s determination to enforce high standards of conduct for judicial officers.

Tampa attorney disbarred for involvement in DUI arrest of opposing attorney

Vimbai Chikomo Feb. 2, 2016, 4:26pm

One of three lawyers suspended for orchestrating the DUI arrest of an opposing attorney during a high-profile defamation lawsuit between two popular radio personalities has been permanently disbarred.

Attorney is stumped by fact that disbarred lawyer hasn't been arrested

Vimbai Chikomo Jan. 26, 2016, 10:37am

WINTER PARK, Fla.—A Winter Park attorney — an expert on trust and estates who is the wife of a well-known cardiologist — continues to be free after allegations emerged that she embezzled more than $1.5 million from clients and fellow lawyers, resulting in her losing her accountant’s license and being permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.