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Florida Supreme Court rules civil liability can be applied in Stand Your Ground case

Dee Thompson Oct. 10, 2017, 3:17pm

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has ruled the state's Stand Your Ground Law, which confers immunity in a criminal case, does not necessarily confer immunity in a civil case.

Federal appeals court sides with Multiquimica Dominicana in dispute over unpaid goods

Dee Thompson Sep. 14, 2017, 8:42pm

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision to award a paint manufacturer based in the Dominican Republic the right to recover money from an American company.

Case against Phillip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company brought by widow to be re-tried

Dee Thompson Sep. 14, 2017, 8:27pm

The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal has sided with Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a case involving a widow who had won $13 million in a lawsuit that claimed her husband died due to the addictive nature of cigarettes.

Florida Third District Court of Appeal affirms lower court decision to dismiss case for lack of jurisdiction

Dee Thompson Jul. 25, 2017, 5:36am

A Florida appeals court has affirmed a trial court's decision to dismiss a claim of fraudulent inducement involving a joint venture between Bliss Consulting Services Inc. and Orchestra Management Solutions (OMS).

Appeals court rules agreement wasn't binding after settlement checks were delayed

Dee Thompson Jul. 19, 2017, 4:14pm

ATLANTA —A Georgia appeals court recently determined whether a case was settled when the settlement checks did not arrive on time.

Case involving centuries-old shipwreck artifacts sent back to Florida

Dee Thompson Jul. 19, 2017, 3:44pm

ATLANTA — A dispute over gold coins and artifacts from an 18th-century shipwreck off the Florida coast is the subject of an appellate court opinion which remands the case back to the district court level.

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.

Appeals court rules water association should have warned about protruding valve

Dee Thompson Apr. 26, 2017, 2:12pm

LAKELAND — The 2nd District Court of Appeal determined that Island Water should not have been granted summary judgment and it had a duty to warn of a protruding water valve that caused a woman to trip and fall.

11th Circuit rules sanctions against Florida attorney are appropriate

Dee Thompson Apr. 21, 2017, 3:24pm

ATLANTA — The 11th Circuit Court has ruled that a Florida attorney deserved the sanctions imposed by a lower court in a case involving insurance fraud.

California man alleges Florida cruise line company aggressively marketed travel packages

Dee Thompson Apr. 13, 2017, 3:41pm

FORT LAUDERDALE — A California man man has filed a class-action lawsuit against several entities claiming that “free cruises” offered by telemarketers were aggressively marketed and violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Florida high court reverses public utilities ruling

Dee Thompson Apr. 7, 2017, 11:57am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s ruling in a rate case involving the Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC).

New class action brought by former felons aims to restore voting rights

Dee Thompson Apr. 2, 2017, 9:52pm

Florida's harsh laws regarding disenfranchisement of felons face new challenges from the newly filed class action.

Action taken by Met Life against squabbling sisters results in settlement

Dee Thompson Mar. 3, 2017, 1:50pm

ORLANDO -- A disputed estate has caused Metropolitan Life Insurance to file an interpleader complaint and bow out of the fray, leaving the court to decide which sister gets the insurance money.The sisters, however, took it upon themselves recently to settle their dispute.

Groups trying to help veterans with PTSD get proper care

Dee Thompson Feb. 22, 2017, 3:02pm

TAMPA — Many military veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but if they are discharged with anything less than an honorable discharge they cannot get the mental-health treatment they need.

Appeals court overturns $1.3M award in alleged voyeur case

Dee Thompson Feb. 22, 2017, 2:55pm

MIAMI — The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently overturned a jury’s award of $1.3 million to a Coral Gables woman who claimed she suffered emotional distress after a man who worked for a security company allegedly took video of her several years ago.

'Now is the time to admit that PIP can’t be fixed,' FJRI president says

Dee Thompson Feb. 17, 2017, 6:57pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida law regarding PIP (Personal Injury Protection) payments is evolving as the Supreme Court seeks to clarify what is considered “reasonable” when it comes to medical expenses.

Appeals court rules workers cannot choose their own doctors

Dee Thompson Feb. 9, 2017, 10:03pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida 1st District Court of Appeals decided against the plaintiff in a workers-compensation case because he sought to change primary doctors from a family practice physician to an orthopedist.

Gross named one of Florida's Super Lawyers

Dee Thompson Feb. 8, 2017, 11:51am

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla — Terence Gross, a personal-injury and wrongful-death lawyer for Gross and Schuster, P.A., has been named one of Florida’s Super Lawyers by the Florida Super Lawyers List.

Class-action lawsuit seeks to crack down on condo association fees

Dee Thompson Dec. 20, 2016, 1:48pm

MIAMI – A new class-action lawsuit against a Miami condominium association claims that associations routinely overcharge consumers far more than the legally capped amount.

Jones Day argues that federal law on smoking lawsuits should preempt state laws

Dee Thompson Nov. 20, 2016, 10:27pm

TALLAHASSEE -- Attorney Gregory Katsas with Jones Day in Washington, representing tobacco company R.J. Reynolds, recently argued before the Florida Supreme Court that in Florida courts, the liability and negligence claims of smokers are preempted by federal law.