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Legal expert: Class action lawsuit against FP&L unmerited

MIAMI -- The class action lawsuit filed against Florida Power and Light as a result of the power outages during Hurricane Irma is not merited, according to William Large of the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

Florida Supreme Court sanctions judge for misconduct

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has approved punitive measures against Judge Philip James Yacucci Jr., accused of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct when making rulings in cases involving a former political rival, DUI attorney Stephen Smith.

Walmart again under fire for alleged discrimination against women

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Walmart is being sued by women who allege they are not given the same chance at promotion as males in stores Walmart's southeastern stores.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.