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Appeals Court sides with Volusia County in termination of beach officer over Facebook posts

David Hutton Sep. 27, 2017, 8:34pm

A Volusia County Beach Safety officer has lost his appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in an effort to keep his job after he was fired for racially charged comments he made on social media about Trayvon Martin.

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal overturns workers' compensation claim

David Hutton Aug. 18, 2017, 12:00pm

The Florida First District Court of Appeal has overturned an order in a workers' compensation case, ruling that a worker forfeited his right to benefits for a workplace accident after he offered conflicting details about his medical history and the cause of his injuries.

Florida appeals court overturns ruling denying dismissal in overtime case against Aegis Defense Services

David Hutton Aug. 10, 2017, 4:08pm

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision denying Aegis Defense Services LLC’s motion to dismiss a complaint in which a contract employee alleged it failed to pay him overtime for work he did in Afghanistan on behalf of the company.

Eleventh Circuit rules insurance companies used in Ponzi scheme not liable for coverage

David Hutton Aug. 3, 2017, 6:01pm

In one of the final remnants of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Scott Rothstein, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that the insurance companies for a bank that was a part of the elaborate scam are exempt from paying out $25 million of a settlement between the bank and some of the victims.

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal decision paves way for Sears to sublease part of store

David Hutton Jul. 28, 2017, 8:27am

For a retailer with little to cheer about, a decision by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal was a home run for Sears, Roebuck & Co., overturning a lower court ruling in favor of Gardens Mall and the City of Palm Beach Gardens and paving the way for the store to sublease the second floor of its store to a sporting goods chain.

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal decision paves way for trial over club's liability for drunk driving death

David Hutton Jul. 26, 2017, 5:51pm

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court’s ruling for summary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit, paving the way for a trial to determine whether a Winter Garden golf club can be held liable for damages in a woman’s death.

2nd District Court of Appeal remands request for attorneys’ fees in divorce case

David Hutton Jul. 7, 2017, 2:38pm

LAKELAND – Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal has vacated a lower court’s ruling in a divorce case and remanded it for a ruling on reasonable attorneys' fees and costs for the wife involved in the case.

2nd District Court of Appeal rejects malpractice lawsuit over ‘expert’ affidavit

David Hutton Jun. 26, 2017, 2:47pm

LAKELAND – Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman can’t sue the Florida Orthopaedic Institute and a doctor for allegedly performing an unneeded surgery because she didn’t provide expert affidavits from a qualified medical professional.

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals partly grants motion to quash discovery request in wrongful death suit

David Hutton Jun. 20, 2017, 5:59pm

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal has sided, in part, with Harborside Healthcare in its challenge of a trial court ruling that granted a request to obtain evidence by the estate of a former patient.

Appeals court remands Wells Fargo foreclosure case for new trial

David Hutton Apr. 14, 2017, 2:30pm

PALM BEACH — The Florida 4th District Court of Appeals has sided with Wells Fargo Bank in its appeal of a judgment granting involuntary dismissal of a foreclosure case.

Florida lawmakers taking aim at assignment of benefits agreements

David Hutton Apr. 4, 2017, 1:07am

TALLAHASSEE — Lawyers in the Sunshine State may see storm clouds on the horizon as Florida officials look to shut down an alleged plaintiff-attorney get-rich-quick scheme.

Settlement reached with paralegal accused of defrauding customers

David Hutton Mar. 7, 2017, 10:51pm

MIAMI — Accused of defrauding customers out of almost $2.4 million through a debt-reduction company, a Broward County paralegal has been ordered to pay $4,500 to settle the case.

Linda Warton Jackson joins Pardo Gainsburg as name partner

David Hutton Mar. 7, 2017, 10:29pm

MIAMI – A South Florida attorney with more than 25 years of experience has merged her bankruptcy and corporate practice with Pardo Gainsburg PL, a real-estate and construction law firm.

Foundation a step closer to setting up charter school

David Hutton Jan. 26, 2017, 11:05pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —The courts have sided with the Florida Charter Educational Foundation in its application to open a charter school in Palm Beach County, putting the organization one step closer to realizing its goal.

Walton County officials ante up for Sunshine Law violation

David Hutton Jan. 9, 2017, 6:25pm

MILTON, Fla. — The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has agreed to pay a $175,000 settlement award to a local activist in a Sunshine Law case.