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Court rules woman's privacy not violated when lawyer met with her physician

By Charmaine Little | Jun 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- A three-judge panel for Florida's First District Court of Appeal determined that a woman’s privacy rights weren’t infringed upon when a lawyer met with her doctor about her workers’ compensation claims.

Court denies protein company's motion to remand

By Charmaine Little | May 31, 2019

TAMPA -- A forum selection clause in an agreement is too ambiguous, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division ruled April 17 as it denied a protein company’s motion to remand the case back to state court.

Employee loses discrimination, retaliation case against USF

By Charmaine Little | May 31, 2019

TAMPA -- After a former employee failed to prove discrimination and retaliation, the University of South Florida won its motion to dismiss with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division on April 16.

Court rules against tobacco companies' motion for new judgment in wrongful death case

By Charmaine Little | May 31, 2019

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the Jacksonville Division denied on April 15 a group of tobacco companies’ renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law and alternative motion for new trial.

Court dismisses several counts against Japanese company in dispute regarding irrigation products system

By Charmaine Little | May 31, 2019

TAMPA – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently granted in part a foreign chemical corporation’s motion to dismiss a complaint and motion to strike the plaintiff’s demands for injunctive relief in a dispute regarding talks over the possible purchase of an irrigation products system.

State high court: Florida Power & Light can charge consumers for environmental work at Turkey Point plant

By Charmaine Little | Apr 30, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court ruled April 25 that it was legal for an electrical utility company to impose fees on customers in order to recover costs for work done to reduce the environmental damage caused by the company’s Turkey Point Power Plant.

Sixth Circuit judge declines to dismiss Florida AG's lawsuit vs opioid manufacturers

By Charmaine Little | Apr 8, 2019

Florida's attorney general has secured a win in court, as a judge in Pasco County has refused major opioid manufactrers' try to dismiss the AG’s case.

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Webinar on intellectual property available for entrepreneurs, business owners

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

Financial Poise's latest on-demand webinar titled IP-101, sponsored by EisnerAmper, encourages founders and entrepreneurs of blooming businesses to get educated on all things intellectual property.

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Working With Experts webinar planned for April 24

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

The Working With Experts course will soon be available for Financial Poise Webinars' Newbie Litigator School’s Winter/Spring 2019 session. It will take place Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Sergeants' repeated fraudulent behavior qualifies arresting officers for immunity, appeals court rules

By Charmaine Little | Feb 15, 2019

Since there was probable cause to arrest three Golden Beach Police Department sergeants, the arresting officers qualify for immunity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit determined, reversing a ruling from a lower court.

Despite 'stinky' conduct, Pasco County's actions toward property group not unconstitutional

By Charmaine Little | Feb 15, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit answered the question of whether applying an ordinance raises issues with a substantive-due-process claim, and made it clear the answer was “no” as it reversed a summary judgment in favor of a property suing Pasco County amid the application of an ordinance on February 13.

U.S. court delivers split decision on attorney fees case

By Charmaine Little | Feb 15, 2019

MIAMI -- A federal court has granted in part and denied in part a motion by sheriff Scott Israel and captain Wayne Adkins to assess costs against USA Entertainment Group Inc. and motion to stay in its lawsuit against USA Entertainment and the city of Pompano Beach.

Court rules competing electronics companies aren't that similar

By Charmaine Little | Feb 14, 2019

ORLANDO -- A federal court did not see any chance of consumers mixing up electronics brands, causing it to deny on Feb. 8 Pro Video Instruments' motion for preliminary injunctive relief in an attempt to block a competitor from selling certain products in a trademark infringement lawsuit.

ADT granted partial summary judgment in lawsuit with competitor

By Charmaine Little | Feb 14, 2019

MIAMI -- ADT's motion for summary judgment against its alarm system competitor Alder Holdings LLC's counterclaims against it was granted in part and denied in part Feb. 7 by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Court grants VA motion for summary judgment in suit filed by officer who shot himself in the finger

By Charmaine Little | Feb 13, 2019

OCALA – The U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida recently granted a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by a former VA police officer who claimed he became a victim of job discrimination and retaliation after he had shot himself in the finger.

Chanel granted default judgment in trademark counterfeiting and infringement suit

By Charmaine Little | Feb 13, 2019

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently granted Chanel Inc's motion for entry of final default judgment in its trademark and counterfeiting lawsuit against BestAAAChanel.org and other defendants.

Court grants summary judgment to apartment renovator in dispute involving oral contract

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

MIAMI -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted summary judgment for an asset management company being sued for breach of contract after failing to come to a written agreement with a fund manager.

Court ruling sides with Royal Caribbean after it canceled cruise during Hurricane Harvey

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

MIAMI -- A federal court on Feb. 4 refused to follow the report and recommendations of a magistrate judge that denied dismissal of a case against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for canceling a cruise and gave the woman suing the cruise line a chance to file a third amended complaint.

Bitcoin co-founder fails to convince court to entirely dismiss case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 17, 2019

MIAMI -- A co-developer of Bitcoin who faces a lawsuit managed to get only a portion of the case dismissed Dec. 27 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Court hashes out patent infringement terms between manufacturing competitors

By Charmaine Little | Jan 17, 2019

TAMPA -- The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the Tampa Division ironed out Dec. 28 a couple of terms that were disputed in a manufacturer’s patent infringement case against a competitor.

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