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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.

AG race heating up as polls show too close to call

By John Breslin | Oct 13, 2018

Two candidates in Florida's attorney general race ramped up attack ads this month.

Attorney general and activism under scrutiny, Florida faces decision in close race

By John Breslin | Sep 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Free market thinkers and those who believe in some government intervention are involved in an increasingly sour battle over the issue of climate change.

Disney has case to answer over its disability access program, appeals court rules

By John Breslin | Sep 3, 2018

Thirty autistic children, and their parents, will be allowed to argue they were discriminated against by Disney over claims its entertainment parks failed to adequately accommodate people with individual issues and disabilities, an appeals court has ruled.

Manufacturers, distributors of opioids ordered to reply to state complaint within weeks

By John Breslin | Aug 27, 2018

DADE CITY - Manufacturers and distributors of opioids have until next month to reply to a complaint filed by Florida that blames them, at least in part, for the epidemic of overdoses and deaths sweeping the state and country.

Federal judge rules jury trial waiver on lease agreement 'unambiguous'

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- A federal judge has ruled a Florida hair salon must abide by a provision in a lease agreement where it waived a right to a jury trial.

2 companies linked to defective revolvers ordered to hand over documents

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

MIAMI -- Two companies accused of manufacturing defective revolvers imported into the United States have been ordered to produce documents they allege are privileged.

'We are hung,' says jury as mistrial declared over punitive damages in tobacco trial

By John Breslin | Aug 20, 2018

The trial of a tobacco company found largely responsible for the death of a 39-year-old Florida man ended dramatically Monday in the punitive damages stage as the jury sent a note to the judge stating they were deadlocked.

Oral arguments over Scott's appointment of judge to be heard after ballot papers printed

By John Breslin | Aug 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Florida's Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over whether Gov. Rick Scott has the right to appoint a judge to the circuit court just weeks before the November election, and after ballot papers are printed.

Federal judge sends false arrest claim back to the state court

By John Breslin | Aug 18, 2018

Claims by the plaintiff against a pair of Lake City police officers include false arrest, malicious prosecution, and failure to discipline.

Appeals court affirms right of health administration agency to set rules when issuing facility certificates

By John Breslin | Aug 8, 2018

An appellate court stepped into a legal tussle between hospital groups over which nabs the lucrative right to build a facility in Orange County.

$5 million diamond contracted to sell for 20 times less was an honest mistake, appeals court rules

By John Breslin | Aug 8, 2018

MIAMI – A dispute over a loose diamond worth approximately $5 million but was contracted to be purchased for just $235,000 has led to a recent decision by Florida's Third District Court of Appeal in favor of the seller, ruling a "unilateral mistake" was made.

Appellate court upholds immunity protections from some medical malpractice lawsuits

By John Breslin | Aug 8, 2018

Florida's legislation expanding immunity for certain doctors and institutions from medical malpractice lawsuits does not violate the state constitution, an appellate court ruled on Aug. 1.

Florida Supreme Court reinstates stay on moves by Gov. Scott to appoint judge

By John Breslin | Jul 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently reinstated a trial court decision that bars Gov. Rick Scott from appointing a judge while a lawsuit against the move plays out.

No smoke for medical marijuana users until appeal plays out

By John Breslin | Jul 12, 2018

Medical marijuana users still cannot smoke the plant after First District Court of Appeals reinstated a stay until the appeal process plays out.

Appeals court rules against energy company seeking refund in federal nuclear waste tax dispute

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

MIAMI – A federal appeals court recently ruled against a nuclear power plant operator over a claim that it is entitled to a nearly $100 million tax refund for losses caused by paying fees for the disposal of radioactive waste.

Suit alleges children held in solitary confinement at county jail for months

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla -- A class action suit has been filed challenging the keeping of children charged as adults, but not yet convicted, in solitary confinement.

Insurer sues Florida Power claims after transformer explosion, fire at shoe company warehouse

By John Breslin | Jul 3, 2018

MIAMI – A Florida power company is being sued in U.S. District Court Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, by the insurer of a shoe company whose premises were badly damaged in a 2016 fire.

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