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2019 shaping up to be difficult year for Florida workers' comp reform; 'Real opposition comes from trial lawyers'

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 23, 2019

The state of Florida faces a number of challenges in reforming its workers' compensation system. But right now, one of the biggest hurdles is simply the stark differences between two proposed pieces of legislation pending in the Florida legislature's two chambers, and particularly the bills' handling of measures to tamp down the amounts able to be claimed by lawyers.

RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris hit with a $37 million smoker's verdict

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE - Rita Mahfuz never had a chance to fend off her nearly two pack a day cigarette addiction, a Broward County jury ruled in rewarding her estate $37 million in damages on Feb. 28, in a suit that found both R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris liable.

Mistrial declared in Florida bar trial; Plaintiff had sought more than $46 million

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 2, 2019

After three days and more than 10 hours of deliberations failed to produce a consensus verdict, Florida Circuit Court Judge Kevin Carroll declared a mistrial in a hit-and-run case involving a local woman now left “a prisoner in her own body.”

Trial opens over hit-and-run case involving underage drinking at Florida bars

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 23, 2019

Mark Avera described his client as now being a “passive observer” in her own life.

Opportunities approach for reforming assignment-of-benefits insurance legislation

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 29, 2019

Carolyn Johnson is hoping to seize the moment when it comes to reforming Florida’s assignment-of-benefits system.

Florida legislators seek to abolish 'cronyism commission' that meets every 20 years to amend state constitution

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 29, 2019

TALLAHASSEE - Florida state Rep. Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) seeks to abolish a commission that meets once every 20 years to consider what hot-button issues should be placed on the ballot in consideration for becoming constitutional amendments.

Florida's NFIB upbeat on GOP legislature and conservative Supreme Court

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 11, 2019

TALLAHASSEE - This year could be "the year" - legislatively and in the courts - for small business owners in Florida, according to an industry leader.

Judge approves $300M settlement over defective Takata airbags

By Glenn Minnis | Dec 23, 2018

A federal court judge in Florida has approved the nearly $300-million settlement between Ford car owners and Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp. over defective airbags motorists allege exploded when deploying.

Judge dismisses family's suit against Celebrity Cruises

By Glenn Minnis | Dec 21, 2018

MIAMI -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has dismissed two counts of a suit filed by a family against Celebrity Cruises after workers refused to allow an elderly woman back aboard ship after she took ill during a seven-day cruise around Mexico and the Caribbean in 2017.

Parkland student files first lawsuit in deadly school shooting

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 25, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE -- A victim in the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting that left 17 dead and as many injured has filed the first lawsuit in the case.

11th District Appeals Court upholds summary judgment in Fort Pierce police officer's harassment suit

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 5, 2018

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of the city of Fort Pierce, Florida, in an employment discrimination suit where sexual harassment was also alleged.

4th District Court of Appeal remands Tequesta police dispatcher's case

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 21, 2018

The 4th District Court of Appeal has reversed a more than $400,000 award and remanded a case in which a former Tequesta dispatcher alleged that the local police chief groped her at a private party.

Property insurance bill proposed in Florida Senate moves to committee

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 20, 2017

State Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange) thinks the potential turmoil property owners could face in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma demonstrates the urgent need for the assignment of benefits legislation she is pushing.

Tallahassee attorney's indictment on bribery charges surprises community

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The recent federal indictment of an attorney on federal bribery, conspiracy and money-laundering charges has left a Florida community surprised by the developments.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rules City of Doral improperly terminated police officer

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 9, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has reversed a Florida district court’s ruling to dismiss a case in which a former Doral police officer sued the city’s mayor for allegedly violating his freedom of speech rights.

Law firm gives to Florida house speaker's reelection campaign

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 8, 2017

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran seems to have the Midas touch in the world of political fundraising.

Florida Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in case between governor, state attorney

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the death penalty dispute between Gov. Rick Scott and State Attorney Aramis Ayala.

Scott signs bill to reduce 'frivolous' public records lawsuits

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill passed by the Florida Senate aimed at rooting out “gotcha” public records requests that have long been a part of the state's legal landscape.

State attorney, Scott awaiting Florida Supreme Court review in death penalty dispute

By Glenn Minnis | May 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court is now weighing suits filed against Gov. Rick Scott by State Attorney Aramis Ayala after he stripped her office of several high-profile murder cases over her decision not to seek the death penalty.

Visa investment program set to expire; South Florida developers count on short extension

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 21, 2017

The EB-5 visa investment program faces an uncertain future when it officially expires April 28.

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