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Lacoste goes after counterfeiters

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 25, 2018

Lacoste, known for those polos featuring a little alligator, accuses several e-commerce merchants of selling counterfeit products.

Appeals court sides with Brazilian bank regarding proper forum issue in suit involving $2.7 million bank account

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 24, 2018

MIAMI – Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision by the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court regarding the proper court venue for a Miami man's suit alleging fraud and breach of contract against a Brazilian bank.

Court reverses ruling in Broward County School Board sexual harassment suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Sep 16, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals has ruled that the trial court erred in granting summary judgment to the School Board of Broward County, in a case alleging sexual harassment by a Broward County school principal.

Court rules aircraft financer did not show due diligence in serving Venezuelan defendant

By Elizabeth Alt | Sep 16, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court decision to grant an aviation finance company substitute service in a suit against a Panamanian company and its Venezuelan agent.

Court dismisses woman's third attempt with suit claiming medical device was faulty

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 16, 2018

FORT MYERS – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently granted Boston Scientific’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a medical device created to stop pulmonary embolisms was defectively designed.

Email between blogger's attorney, Center for Individual Rights barred from dispute over legal fees

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 13, 2018

MIAMI – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) was recently granted part of its motion to prevent blogger Irina Chevaldina from introducing certain records at trial in which CIR alleges that Chevaldina still owes them for representing her in a copyright lawsuit over Chevaldina’s use of a photo in her blog

Court Denies Collier County School Board’s Motion to Dismiss Former Teacher’s Suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 12, 2018

FORT MYERS — A federal court has refused to dismiss a former teacher's lawsuit against the Collier County School Board, alleging that her termination was due to age discrimination.

FTC and Florida ordered to reschedule depositions in case alleging computer company scam

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 12, 2018

FORT MYERS — The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Florida will have to identify and supply "communications with former employees" of companies accused of selling deceptive computer cleanup services and security software, according to a federal court opinion issued on Aug. 2.

Pharmaceutical company escapes punitive damages sought by stroke victim

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 9, 2018

A man who blamed the drug Tasigna for a debilitating stroke cannot seek punitive damages in his lawsuit, a federal judge ruled July 31.

Court dismisses suit claiming credit card processor violated RICO Act

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 8, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently decided to partly grant a motion to dismiss a suit claiming a credit card processing company committed multiple acts of fraud by reprogramming credit card machines to send payment to themselves.

Customers sue ComplyRight tax preparation services after data breach

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 4, 2018

Customers allege Social Security numbers were compromised during data breach at ComplyRight tax preparation service.

Tampa court: Not enough proof of fraud found in disputed boat sale between friends

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 29, 2018

TAMPA -- The Tampa District Court hasdenied a man’s motion to strike his former friend’s counterclaims and have him sanctioned for perpetuating a fraud on the court, stating the motion did not provide clear evidence.

Miami court won’t dictate venue in motion to compel arbitration

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

MIAMI -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida closed a case after granting a motion to compel arbitration over a contract dispute, following the Supreme Court precedent to “rigorously enforce arbitration agreements.”

Doctor denied dismissal of suit alleging defamation of hemp CBD oil 'Charlotte’s Web'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Fort Myers U.S. District Court dismissed a doctor’s motion to throw out a suit filed against him and others alleging that their defamation of the hemp based cannabidiol oil “Charlotte’s Web” has reduced its profits to zero.

Judge dismisses taxpayer's claims alleging IRS owes him over $2 million

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 27, 2018

FORT MYERS – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division, recently granted the Internal Revenue’s motion to dismiss two claims in a lawsuit alleging the IRS did not follow protocol before assessing a man over $2 million in penalties.

Center for Individual Rights claims pro bono client owes retainer

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 16, 2018

The Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm organized under the laws of the District of Columbia, on May 30 In U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sued former pro bono client Irina Chevaldina for a breach of contract worth $105,000.

From Legal Newsline

Airline moves to dismiss lawsuit over $80 airline tax again in Florida court

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 15, 2018

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for airline Insel International filed a motion to dismiss a man’s amended complaint over an airline tax, stating the amended complaint should still be dismissed for improper forum, lack of jurisdiction and failure to state a claim.

Judge denies motion to dismiss excessive force, battery claims in suit against Miami police officers

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 14, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied a motion by Miami police officers to dismiss a Miami man's suit claiming among other things the officers used excessive force and violated Florida’s state battery law after the man was arrested and kicked and punched by officers during a street celebration following a Miami Heat game win in 2012.

Federal judge sets trial date in Freestream Aircraft suit to recover allegedly misspent funds

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 13, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied motions for summary judgment filed by all parties in Freestream Aircraft USA's suit alleging Atlas Aviation and other named defendants stole money from Freestream.

Judge denies motions for summary judgment in suit alleging broken ankle was due to cruise line's misleading ad

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 13, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently issued an opinion denying motions for summary judgment made by both parties in a Delray Beach woman’s suit alleging her injuries on a shore tour were due to Oceania Cruises Inc.’s misleading advertising about the excursion.

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