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Florida court dismisses suit over $80 airline tax, but allows plaintiff to amend claim

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MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has dismissed a lawsuit against an airline company over an $80 “exit fee” a customer claimed shouldn’t have been charged for his flight.

Florida Supreme Court OKs lawyer referrals

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling March 8 that went directly against its previous judgment that banned lawyers from participating in for-profit lawyer referral services.

Appellate court affirms award for widower in cigarette case

PALM BEACH -- Florida's Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal has denied the appeal from Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds in a lawsuit that found in favor of a Florida man who sued the tobacco companies for hiding the dangers of smoking, alleging the plaintiff’s medical expert testimony wasn’t qualified.

An 'onslaught' of lawsuits from the blind is happening; Blame both Obama's and Trump's DOJ

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to release long-promised clarifications on the Americans with Disabilities Act that would help judges handle lawsuits that claim businesses’ websites are not handicap-accessible - and the blame isn't on just one of the country's last two, very different presidents.

EEOC's case over trucker allegedly not hired because of service dog transferred

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Florida federal judge has denied CRST International’s motion to dismiss a man’s lawsuit alleging it did not hire him as a truck driver because he has a service dog to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

3rd District Court of Appeals reverses denial of Carnival's motion to dismiss negligence suit

A Florida appeals court rejected a lower court decision to deny Carnival Corp.’s motion to dismiss a negligence lawsuit for improper venue after a plaintiff filed her complaint in a state court in Palm Beach County instead of in federal court in Miami as Carnival's ticket contract requires.

Florida Third District Court of Appeals rules it has no authority to rule on arbitration clause

The Florida Third District Court of Appeals has ruled it has no legal authority to determine if an arbitration clause in a contract between four companies that are sparring over trademark use and non-performance is valid, affirming an earlier trial court’s decision.

Appeals court rules Catholic schools can deny parent’s request for religious exception for student immunizations

The Florida First District Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court’s decision that the matter of whether to admit an unvaccinated child into a Catholic school is the church's decision, not the court's.

Court rules suit against Alico, Lee County over rezoning outside scope of state statute

LAKELAND — The 2nd District Court of Appeal on June 30 said Florida homeowners' claims against additional commercial development were outside the purview of the Consistency Statute, affirming a Circuit Court’s decision.

Appeals court remands case involving Treasure Chest Poker, says trial court didn't have jurisdiction

LAKELAND — An appeals court has said a trial court didn't have jurisdiction declaring judgment in a case in which a poker company alleges the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco had improperly given notices of noncompliance to establishments that were its customers.

Appeals court rules construction defendants not liable in Miami injury case

MIAMI — The 3rd District Court of Appeal has affirmed lower court rulings of five summary judgments in cases in which a woman alleges she was injured at a condo community due to negligence in repairing the sidewalk.

1st District Court of Appeal judges deny injured worker's request to switch doctors a third time

TALLAHASSEE — The 1st District Court of Appeal has affirmed a trial court’s decision to deny a claimant’s request to switch workers' compensation doctors for a third time due to the statutory language.

Florida Supreme Court rules Miami civilian agency doesn't have power to subpoena police officer

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 22 in a unanimous decision that Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) cannot compel Miami police officers to appear before its board while under investigation.

Florida Supreme Court rules public marinas are exempt from tax

TALLAHASSEE — A six-year-long case over taxing marinas came to an end June 15 when the Florida Supreme Court sided with the city of Fort Pierce.

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals sides with Florida couple in foreclosure case

A Florida appeals court recently reversed a trial court’s decision to reject a woman’s request for a rehearing in a foreclosure case.

Judge dismisses claim that infringed on copyright

ATLANTA — Circuit Judge William Pryor dismissed a copyright infringement suit against after several divided court judgments.

Judge finds multi-million-dollar condominium developer unaccountable for alleged fraud after 10-year legal battle

MIAMI — After 10 years of courtrooms, real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles, principal for Collins Avenue LLC and owner of PADC, has won the case that alleged he was responsible for owed commissions to a former employee.