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Law firm gives to Florida house speaker's reelection campaign

Glenn Minnis Aug. 8, 2017, 12:25pm

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran seems to have the Midas touch in the world of political fundraising.

Advocates say new Florida insurance law a victory for consumers

Mike Helenthal Jul. 3, 2017, 2:37pm

TALLAHASSEE — Consumer advocates are hailing a new Florida law requiring life insurance companies to inform policyholders of their right to consult with a professional before agreeing to changes in their policies.

Guidelines for medical marijuana in Florida hazy after legislative fallout

Dee Thompson May 26, 2017, 2:45pm

TALLAHASSEE —The fallout from the medical marijuana legislative debate has many wondering when the medical marijuana industry will be up and running, even after voters overwhelmingly voted to approve the expansion of legalizing medical marijuana last fall.

Prejudgment interest, medical malpractice bills fail in Florida Legislature

Richard Jones May 25, 2017, 2:26pm

TALLAHASSEE — With the Florida Legislature on break, several high-profile bills currently tracked by the Florida Record have been met their legislative demise.

Appeals court reinstates workers' compensation rate hike

Richard Jones May 17, 2017, 3:24pm

TALLAHASSEE — The 1st District Court of Appeals has overturned a 2016 ruling issued by a circuit court that invalidated a statewide increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

Florida health care law firm steps up asset preservation efforts

John Sammon Apr. 24, 2017, 3:05pm

DELRAY BEACH — Malpractice lawsuits and regulatory laws in Florida that impact doctors and other health care providers have been increasing in recent years, along with requests from health care professionals on how they can protect themselves, leading attorney firms specializing in the field to provide more services.

Trial lawyers gaining influence at statehouse, Florida Justice Reform Institute says

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 25, 2017, 5:26pm

It has been a busy legislative session for the Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI), a lobbying group that encourages state lawmakers to curb litigation abuse that hurts businesses in the state.

Proposed changes to Florida's medical-marijuana laws are causing concern

Shanice Harris Mar. 13, 2017, 9:55pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health is proposing rule changes to the medical-marijuana law in the state.

Call for term limits pits judicial independence against accountability

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 8, 2017, 2:02pm

TALLAHASSEE — A move to bring “good government and accountability,” by setting term limits on some judicial offices has Florida lawmakers squaring off in a debate over accountability versus independence of the state’s judicial branch.

House committee passes bill seeking judicial term limits

Taryn Phaneuf Feb. 23, 2017, 9:26am

TALLAHASSEE — A joint resolution seeking to set term limits on certain judicial offices passed an initial hurdle Tuesday in the Florida House of Representatives.

Homeowners face stiffer limits on sinkhole policies under state-created agency

Kerry Goff Dec. 1, 2016, 10:14pm

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – According to an Oct. 20 Florida Supreme Court ruling, a homeowner’s rights under a sinkhole policy are limited once an insurer becomes insolvent and the claim goes to the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA).

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.

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.

Lawyer says legislation has not stopped texting and driving

Michelle de Leon Nov. 3, 2016, 4:07pm

MILTON, FLORIDA – The new law against texting while driving in Florida received a lukewarm response from citizens as offenders could only be punished if they are caught committing another traffic violation. That is, the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving” law classified the violation as a secondary offense.

Former senator joins Becker & Poliakoff's government law and lobbying group

Dawn Geske Oct. 16, 2016, 10:31pm

FORT LAUDERDALE - Becker & Poliakoff has announced the appointment of a former Republican state senator to its law firm.

Panama City Beach likely will not appeal court ruling on scooters

John Breslin Oct. 13, 2016, 7:20pm

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A beach resort city will lodge no further appeal against a court decision knocking down its regulations over the hiring of scooters.

Appeals court seeks second opinion from Supreme Court on construction defect claims

Kerry Goff Oct. 12, 2016, 9:21am

TALLAHASSEE -- In a recent Florida federal district court case, the court addressed whether insurance companies issuing insurance policies in Florida must provide a defense to their insureds from construction defect claims.

Florida lawyer joins prominent law firm GrayRobinson

Kerry Goff Oct. 9, 2016, 9:46pm

TALLAHASSEE -- George T. Levesque, who is known as one of the top lawyers for the Florida Senate, recently joined the GrayRobinson law firm in Tallahassee. His practice areas include administrative and regulatory, appellate, government, government relations and lobbying, and litigation services for the firm.

Florida Education Association pursues school voucher lawsuit

Claudia Balthazar Oct. 6, 2016, 5:17pm

TALLAHASSEE– An appeals court has ruled against the Florida Education Association’s (FEA) claim that a de-facto school voucher system funding thousands of students' private school education looks bad for public schools. 

Parents take fight against Florida’s third-grade retention law to court

Rebecca Campbell Sep. 16, 2016, 3:15pm

ORLANDO – Florida parents opposed to the state’s third-grade retention law have filed a lawsuit to challenge it in court.