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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.

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.

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