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Fort Lauderdale says it has no intention of filing suit against fossil fuel companies over climate change

By John Breslin | May 6, 2019

Efforts by environmental groups to encourage Florida cities and counties to sue fossil fuel companies appear to be foundering as one city lobbied says it has no intention of filing one.

Appeals court dismisses claims over $286 hospital bill

By John Breslin | May 6, 2019

ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has dismissed a suit by a Medicare claims company in an action over $286 that was paid by a Florida hospital group.

Appeals court rules Miami suit against banks over effect of predatory lending on tax base can continue

By John Breslin | May 3, 2019

The City of Miami can continue its legal action against two major banks accused of engaging in predatory lending practices that ultimately led to an increase in the municipality's tax base, an appeals court has ruled.

Monroe County attorney: County seeking to limit damages from coming Keys building ban suits

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

County executives in the Florida Keys are estimating the total value of vacant lots in the area at more than $300 million as they prepare for a flurry of lawsuits expected to be filed ahead of, and after, 2023 when building permits will no longer be issued.

Lawsuits over 'takings' under coming Keys building ban could leave local communities on hook for half liability

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

A move by Florida state lawmakers to leave local governments on the hook for half of the liability from all lawsuits that could follow the end of new building permits for the Florida Keys "seems like yet another example" of a consistent pattern of the state attempting to shift lawsuit costs to local governments, a consumer advocate says.

Website accessibility suits surge in Florida, New York, following favorable plaintiff rulings

By John Breslin | Feb 11, 2019

The number of website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal court has exploded, with the greatest numbers being filed in New York and Florida, according to a new study.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

Work substantially complete on controversial Flagler Street upgrade, says Florida Department of Transportation

By John Breslin | Jan 22, 2019

Construction work on a major Miami thoroughfare upgrade—delayed by more than a year and the subject of a lawsuit filed by the City of Miami—is substantially complete and final inspections are being carried out, the Florida Department of Transportation said.

Fort Lauderdale still weighing suit against fossil fuel companies, opponents argue ineffective, waste of time and money

By John Breslin | Jan 21, 2019

City leaders in Fort Lauderdale are continuing to ponder whether to follow other municipalities and file suit against fossil fuel companies in a bid to extract money to offset the potential cost of climate change.

DeSantis set to announce appointment of second Supreme Court justice

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Ron DeSantis is wasting little time in filling vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court, with a second judge from the south of the state expected to be appointed Monday.

Airbnb reaches settlement with country's largest apartment rental company over sub-leasing action

By John Breslin | Dec 28, 2018

Legal experts expressed surprise a lawsuit taken by the country largest apartment rental group against Airbnb was allowed to proceed.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

E-cigarette company files flurry of complaints, suits against foreign competitors

By John Breslin | Dec 2, 2018

A leading maker and seller of e-cigarettes and nicotine cartridges in the U.S. has filed a fresh flurry of complaints with patent regulators and in federal court against foreign competitors muscling in on its market.

State adds CVS, Walgreens to opioid suit

By John Breslin | Nov 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has added the country's two largest pharmacies to a suit that accuses drug manufacturers and distributors of helping to fuel the opioid crisis.

Video evidence was crucial to jury award in shooting at strip club, attorney says

By John Breslin | Nov 29, 2018

Video evidence was crucial to persuading a jury to award millions to the victim of a shooting outside an infamous Miami strip club, according to one of the attorneys who represented the plaintiff.

Pressure cooker manufacturer settles for $26m over girl's injuries

By John Breslin | Nov 29, 2018

FT. LAUDERDALE - A company that manufacturers a popular brand of pressure cooker has agreed to pay $26 million to a young girl who suffered horrific injuries after the device's lid blew open.

Judge recommends dismissing suit against Miami-Dade County in excessive force case

By John Breslin | Nov 26, 2018

MIAMI – A federal magistrate judge recently recommended the dismissal a damage suit that claimed excessive use of force by a police officer and alleged Miami-Dade County failed to provide proper training to its police officers.

Scott shot down in bid to replace justices, urgency added to gubernatorial race

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott's long shot bid to replace three justices on the Florida Supreme Court before he leaves office was shot down Monday by the same panel.

Gun control group's $2m investment in Florida election dwarfs national total for cycle

By John Breslin | Oct 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - A huge late $2 million investment in the Florida election by a national gun control group largely financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dwarfs the total amount the group has spent nationally this election cycle.

Differing district court opinions over assignment of benefits could lead to Supreme Court hearing

By John Breslin | Oct 14, 2018

Widely different appeals court decisions over the fiercely debated assignment of benefits issue could lead to the Supreme Court stepping in to review.

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