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Appeals court rules elevator company official can't be sued in worker's death

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's First District Court of Appeal determined Dec. 28 that a lower court erred when it denied a motion to dismiss a wrongful death action.

Supreme Court certifies need for need 8 more judges throughout state

By Charmaine Little | Jan 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently determined the state needs eight more trial court judges in the 2019-20 fiscal year and certified its findings and recommendations.

Supreme Court says witnesses can't be paid for assistance not directly connected to their roles in a case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 3, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently decided a version of Rule 4-3.4(b) regarding witness payments doesn’t allow a party to pay a fact witness for fees that aren’t directly connected to a witness’s role in the case.

Judge advises jury trial for clerk's office worker who resigned over allegedly racist social media posts

By Charmaine Little | Jan 1, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the Orlando Division weighed in on a man’s lawsuit against the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Seminole County, Florida after the man resigned after making controversial posts on social media.

Appeals court rules bar not responsible in wrongful death caused by intoxicated restaurant worker

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

MIAMI -- Florida's Third District Court of Appeal affirmed Dec. 12 a lower court’s ruling that a bar was not responsible for a man’s drunken state when he struck a Moped, killing one person.

Court dismisses case against cruise line involving drunk passenger's fall

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

MIAMI -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit determined Dec. 13 that a cruise line wasn’t negligent in a passenger’s drunken fall that lead to injuries.

Appeals court affirms multimillion dollar summary judgment amid foreclosure

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

MIAMI -- A lack of a written release caused Florida's Third District Court of Appeal to side with a company on Dec. 12 in a $38 million foreclosure case against a Florida man, affirming a lower court’s ruling for summary judgement in favor of the company.

St. Lucie County and its insurance provider responsible for benefits despite firefighter being on leave, court says

By Charmaine Little | Dec 13, 2018

St. Lucie County and its insurer lost an appeal seeking reimbursement after it covered the heart attack of a firefighter who was no longer on active duty.

Elderly property owners' case against Miami-Dade County over noise reduction wall gets tossed

By Charmaine Little | Dec 13, 2018

Homeowners who allege they have been left with devalued properties after Miami-Dade County reneged on a deal to buy their houses had their case dismissed by the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida.

Court says hospital can use plaintiff's experts on its behalf in negligence lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Dec 12, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied a motion to bar a Florida medical center from using plaintiff's expert witnesses on its behalf in medical negligence suit.

Appeals court says lawyer documents are exempt from public record request in veterinary hearing panel case

By Charmaine Little | Dec 11, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's First District Court of Appeal recently agreed with a Leon County Circuit Court decision denying a woman's request to force the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to release documents she had requested.

Court dismisses computer fraud suit that alleged man stole information to benefit his own business

By Charmaine Little | Dec 11, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sided with a man being sued for allegedly stealing a former employer’s protected information to benefit his own business, partially dismissing several claims in the suit in the court's Dec. 10 ruling by U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles.

Broward sheriff's office sued over fatal shooting of a man with mental illness

By Charmaine Little | Dec 9, 2018

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office and one of its officers were called out in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division, after an officer allegedly shot an unarmed man suffering from a mental illness.

Philip Morris loses appeals in post-trial motions over negligence lawsuit filed by smoker

By Charmaine Little | Dec 9, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied several appeals made by Philip Morris over a trial that awarded a woman damages for smoking-related diseases.

Child abduction allegation remanded to lower court to investigate travel consent between mother and father

By Charmaine Little | Dec 8, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit determined it couldn’t decipher the domestic details of a case in which a Colombian man filed a suit for his minor daughter to be brought back to the country with him.

Elderly couple seeks $2.2 million from Jetsmarter

By Charmaine Little | Dec 7, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A couple sued Jetsmarter Inc. in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida on Dec. 5, seeking $2.2 million for alleged breach of contract and fraud in a membership plan that cost more than $30,000.

Royal Caribbean's negligence allegedly caused honeymooner's fatal zip line incident

By Charmaine Little | Dec 7, 2018

MIAMI -- A popular cruise line faces a negligence lawsuit after a honeymooning couple’s zip line excursion ended with the husband’s death. His surviving wife sued Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division.

Zumba Fitness alleges other companies infringed on trademark

By Charmaine Little | Dec 7, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Zumba Fitness LLC sued five companies Dec. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging they infringed on the Zumba trademark.

Appeals court rules Pensacola's Bayview Park cross must be removed

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

MIAMI –– A 34-foot-tall Latin Cross in a Pensacola city park must be removed, a federal appellate court has ruled.

Court dismisses case over allegedly failed Medicare reimbursements

By Charmaine Little | Nov 11, 2018

A U.S. District Court dismissed an ongoing case in which a plaintiff accused an indemnity company of not doing its part in reimbursing Medicare payments.

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