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Tennessee teenager awarded $70 million in Johnson & Johnson Risperdal case, more filings expected

PHILADEPHIA -- A jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit to pay $70 million in compensatory damages to a 16-year-old Tennessee male who has developed large breasts as a result of being prescribed and ingesting the drug Risperdal.

New State Bar committee member's goal: Help assure allowance for fair, unbiased trials

TAMPA – Tampa attorney Dennis A. Lopez was appointed to the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee earlier this month. Lopez joins 44 other Florida attorneys serving on the committee, which plays an important role in determining the rules that govern the admission and consideration of evidence in Florida's courts.

Lawsuit fails to stop Caribbean Premier League cricket tournament from taking place

LAUDERHILL – Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket returned to Florida following dismissal of a lawsuit and a request for an emergency injunction by the USA Cricket Association (USACA) to stop six CPL teams from participating in a tournament staged at Central Broward Regional Park in late July.

High court to settle Allstate PIP insurance question after district courts rule differently

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Supreme Court on Aug. 30 is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the clarity of statements insurance companies include in no-fault auto insurance policies regarding the amount and method they use to reimburse medical services providers for treating patients injured in auto accidents. Differing opinions in recent lower court decisions paved the way to the Supreme Court hearing.

Court denies groups' education funding lawsuit to bypass appellate court

TALLAHASSEE – The 1st District Court of Appeals on July 26 denied a suggestion for certification that would have enabled a lawsuit in which Citizens for Strong Schools, Fund Education Now and several individual plaintiffs were seeking to bypass the appellate court and proceed directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

All 40 state Senate seats up for grabs with redrawing of district map

Residents of Monroe County will be represented by a new Senator in the State Congress come November elections, when that latest Congressional redistricting goes into effect.

Cozen O'Connor beefs up IP practice with Feldman Gale acquisition

MIAMI – Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor recently announced that it had acquired most of Feldman Gale, a Miami-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property (IP).

7th Judicial Circuit's newest judge says 'public service is a high calling'

DELAND – Judge Ray Lee Smith, now a couple of weeks into his newly appointed seat on the bench of Florida's 7th Judicial Circuit, had some advice for up-and-coming attorneys and public service during a recent interview.

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

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.