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Contributions by justices to activists emerge again amid Supreme Court 'hot mic' controversy

John Breslin Nov. 21, 2017, 8:09am

TALLAHASSEE - Contributions made by two Supreme Court justices to an activist group after a fractious retention vote nearly five years ago are being used by critics to argue they should recuse themselves from a case because they are biased against Gov. Rick Scott.

Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust files record request in state Supreme Court hot mic controversy

John Breslin Nov. 14, 2017, 2:39pm

TALLAHASSEE – Washington-based Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) is seeking emails from two Florida Supreme Court justices following a controversy over comments the pair made that were picked up by a hot mic.

Gov. Scott says 'we expect judges to be impartial' in 'hot mic' records request

John Breslin Nov. 9, 2017, 7:56am

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott made a public records request Tuesday asking for all documents reviewed by two state Supreme Court justices involving their controversial "hot mic" exchange over the make up of a commission that recommends nominees to the high court.

Florida Senate committee hears heated debate on controversial property insurance provision

John Breslin Oct. 26, 2017, 5:42pm

TALLAHASSEE — During an often-testy Florida Senate committee hearing this week, opponents and supporters debated a contentious provision in the state's property insurance laws.

Trial lawyers, political allies boost Corcoran's new PAC

John Breslin Jun. 23, 2017, 4:48pm

House Speaker Richard Corcoran has raised more than $600,000 for his month-old political action committee, including substantial amounts delivered by legislative allies and a significant portion raised before and during a fundraiser organized by prominent trial lawyers.

Opponents eye 2018 to head off legislative moves legalizing slots

John Breslin May 28, 2017, 6:55pm

Opponents of the spread of slot machines in Florida are eyeing November 2018 as the point when they claim "total victory" and their permanent bar in most parts of the state.

Governor assigns state attorney to investigate complaint against Bondi

John Breslin Jan. 8, 2017, 1:47pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assigned a state attorney to investigate a complaint against Attorney General Pam Bondi over a $25,000 donation made to her PAC by President-elect Donald Trump.

Lakeland woman keeps alligator, thanks to efforts of lawyer tied to subway shooter's squirrel eviction case

John Breslin Jan. 4, 2017, 4:01pm

LAKELND — A Lakeland woman has won permission from Florida authorities to keep her beloved alligator, thanks in part to the legal efforts of a New York attorney who was hired, apparently, because of his efforts to save a notorious subway vigilante’s squirrel from eviction.

Spy in defense camp barred from testifying at federal fraud trial

John Breslin Nov. 17, 2016, 6:52pm

MIAMI – A man who spied on his co-defendants after penning a plea deal with prosecutors has been barred from testifying against them.

Top Democratic House target in Florida's 13th Congressional District not so safe

John Breslin Nov. 7, 2016, 2:02pm

Florida’s 13th Congressional District was supposed to be leaning strongly Democratic this year following a court-ordered redistricting.

Panama City Beach likely will not appeal court ruling on scooters

John Breslin Oct. 13, 2016, 7:20pm

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A beach resort city will lodge no further appeal against a court decision knocking down its regulations over the hiring of scooters.

Sunshine state attorney seeks website changes, and costs and fees, from snow shoe seller

John Breslin Sep. 26, 2016, 4:10pm

BOCA RATON - A small Vermont firm selling snow shoes and other winter equipment has found itself in the cross hairs of a Florida law firm demanding settlement over claims of discrimination against disabled people.

Tampa attorney permanently disbarred over 'shocking,' 'unethical' misconduct

John Breslin Sep. 22, 2016, 5:04am

TALLAHASSEE – A Florida attorney allegedly involved in a plot to have an opposing counsel wrongfully arrested for drunk driving has been permanently disbarred.

Court grants attorney's request for revocation of license

John Breslin Sep. 14, 2016, 6:11pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Supreme Court of Florida has granted an attorney’s request for disciplinary revocation of her license to practice.

Attorney given one-year probation for allegedly failing to monitor accounting

John Breslin Sep. 13, 2016, 12:15pm

TALLAHASSEE – An attorney was publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for a year for allegedly failing to properly monitor and supervise trust fund accounting and procedures.

Robert D. Adams permanently disbarred for allegedly causing wrongful arrest of another attorney

John Breslin Sep. 13, 2016, 11:53am

TALLAHASSEE – An attorney who allegedly deliberately targeted and caused the wrongful arrest of an opposing counsel has been permanently disbarred following a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.

Cooper City attorney suspended for allegedly cashing check not meant for her

John Breslin Sep. 13, 2016, 11:41am

TALLAHASSEE – The Supreme Court of Florida ordered the immediate suspension from practice of an attorney accused of misappropriating thousands of dollars sent to her in error.

Attorney suspended for allegedly failing to tell bar about arrests, convictions

John Breslin Sep. 12, 2016, 12:06pm

TALLAHASSEE – An Altamonte Springs attorney has been suspended for 10 days, after which he will be placed on probation, after allegedly failing to inform the Florida State Bar of his criminal convictions.

Sharp spike in work comp cases following state Supreme Court judgment

John Breslin Aug. 22, 2016, 10:25am

TALLAHASSEE - Florida’s workers’ compensation claims office have seen a sharp spike in cases filed following a landmark state Supreme Court ruling that barred capping attorney fees.

Takata settles with family of Jacksonville woman injured by airbag in Honda

John Breslin Aug. 12, 2016, 11:38am

JACKSONVILLE – A fast-approaching trial, the potential for punitive damages, and an impending ruling on whether the head of an embattled airbag manufacturer should be deposed were the driving forces behind the settlement of a Florida lawsuit, according to the attorney for the plaintiff.