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More older residents on Medicaid wait list in Florida than any other state, attorney says

By John Sammon | Jan 7, 2019

TAMPA – Six elderly Florida residents are alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their lawsuit against the state over the length of time it takes them to get in-home Medicaid care.

Class action against fire retardant companies could grow into hundreds, plaintiff's attorney says

By John Sammon | Jan 7, 2019

OCALA – Though the number of plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging exposure to fire retardant chemicals caused people to develop cancer currently stands at eight, their attorney said a class action could increase the number of plaintiffs to hundreds.

Florida jury slaps tobacco company R.J. Reynolds with $5 million in damages for smoker’s heart disease case

By John Sammon | Nov 21, 2018

A jury for the 11th Judicial Circuit Court on Wednesday hit tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds with a $5 million damage award for the heart disease a man suffered after 30 years of smoking.

Closing arguments in smoker's $8.5 million lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds held Tuesday

By John Sammon | Nov 21, 2018

MIAMI – Closing arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit charging tobacco company R.J. Reynolds with causing a man’s coronary artery disease saw the attorney for plaintiff Paul Rouse ask for $8.5 million in damages to include future suffering.

Court grants fashion company Troy Burch partial summary judgment in trademark infringement case

By John Sammon | Nov 10, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Nov. 2 granted a partial summary judgement to a fashion company suing a woman for allegedly using its logo to sell similar products on eBay.

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Fort Lauderdale considers suing Big Oil amidst federal court rulings rejecting climate change theories

By John Sammon | Nov 2, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE (Legal Newsline) – The Fort Lauderdale City Commission is considering suing oil companies over the climate change activists say could raise sea coastal levels to catastrophic proportions.

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Fla. court keeps TCPA case alive; Texting a 'risky venture' for companies

By John Sammon | Jul 24, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on June 7 dismissed a motion by a defendant to dismiss a case alleging a man’s privacy rights were violated when he received texts that were marketing ploys.

Federal court agrees to reopen suit involving water-damaged restaurant

By John Sammon | May 22, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on May 18 granted a retrial in the case of an insurance carrier who refused to pay for roof damage to a restaurant saying the damage was outside its coverage.

Attorneys don’t favor regulating third party lawsuit lenders

By John Sammon | May 6, 2018

Add Teaser hereTALLAHASSEE – Attorneys said there is a likelihood Florida could adopt a state law requiring disclosure of finance lenders who loan money to plaintiffs in lawsuits as the state of Wisconsin recently did, but two noted they would not like to see the kind of regulation that banks have.

Fatal Bonita Springs plane crash could end bizarre harassment case

By John Sammon | Jan 31, 2018

A plane crash that killed the plaintiff of a lawsuit just days after he was released from jail for violating a restraining order prohibiting him from allegedly harassing military veterans who accused him of falsifying military service could be the end of a bizarre case that has continued two years.

Florida judge tells R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to keep paying state for tobacco settlement

By John Sammon | Jan 17, 2018

A spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. remained mum in the face of a recent court setback after a Florida judge ordered the tobacco company to continue paying the state millions of dollars annually to offset medical costs caused by smoking despite R.J. Reynolds' selling off several of its best-known cigarette brands to a British firm.

Florida state senator sought to protect public's 'right to know'

By John Sammon | Dec 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Sen. Rob Bradley said his lone vote opposing a newly passed bill that expanded exemptions allowing parties to meet in secret with an attorney to discuss imminent litigation if certain conditions were met---was an act of protecting public openness.

Federal appeals court affirms district court in securities fraud case

By John Sammon | Dec 1, 2017

ATLANTA - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed Nov. 1 the dismissal of a complaint and denial of a motion to move the case to a Florida state court made by a broker accused of alleged securities fraud.

City of Coral Gables might join lawsuit against Florida Power & Light after Hurricane Irma

By John Sammon | Sep 28, 2017

A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this month against Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) by citizens angered at what they contend was the company’s failure to take preventive measures to deal with Hurricane Irma on Sept. 11 may be joined in litigation by the City of Coral Gables.

Florida health care law firm steps up asset preservation efforts

By John Sammon | Apr 24, 2017

DELRAY BEACH — Malpractice lawsuits and regulatory laws in Florida that impact doctors and other health care providers have been increasing in recent years, along with requests from health care professionals on how they can protect themselves, leading attorney firms specializing in the field to provide more services.

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