Florida House Bill 17 is not yet law, but the state's Chamber of Commerce is rooting for it as it makes its way through the legislature.
John Severance News
Florida voters recently passed Amendment 6 and one of the provisions limits the power of state government, which could be good news for the state’s citizens, according to one lawyer.
ATLANTA -- The 11th U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a district court ruling in which the Internal Revenue Service disallowed a Florida man’s deduction of his in-vitro fertilization expenses.
ST. PETERSBURG — A Florida man recently filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, alleging a nationwide bank and credit-reporting agencies violated the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed 33 bills into law this month, and one allows victims of terrorism to recover legal fees and damages.
TORONTO — Mike Quinn, a Canadian retiree from Niagara Falls, Ontario, with a home in Florida, says he does not have a criminal record and considers himself a "boring guy."
BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton woman has filed suit against Wells Fargo, alleging the bank violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).
RIVIERA BEACH — On his website, Fane Lozman refers to himself as a corruption-fighting activist who saved 2,200 homes from seizure and his own home was destroyed, but he is better known for a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.
TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court recently declined to hear a malpractice case in which a woman died while in surgery at Tampa General Hospital.
DAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), a historically black university in Daytona Beach, has entered into an affiliation agreement with Arizona Summit Law School.
MIAMI — The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court’s denial of an arbitration case involving a car dealership that sold vehicles to buyers who did not speak English.
TALLAHASSEE — There already has been lengthy discussions about Florida House Bill 7085, which barely got out of subcommittee last month.
TAMPA — At the beginning of March, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys, most of whom were appointed by former president Barack Obama. One of those attorneys who turned in their resignations to the president and attorney general Jeff Sessions was A. Lee Bentley III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
TALLAHASSEE — An appellate court has overturned a circuit-court decision that said school districts had to consider other ways of advancing students besides standardized-test results.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — A former attorney who lives in Fort Myers but also had an office in Winter Haven has pleaded guilty to concealment of assets from a bankruptcy estate, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently reported.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The 4th District Court of Appeal recently kept alive a legal-malpractice suit against foreclosure defense attorney Robert Lithman and two firms by allowing one of the plaintiffs to continue its case.
&&& A prisoner serving 20 years for attempted murder recently wrote that Ken Burke, Pinellas Circuit Court clerk, should immediately release him from prison. In another case, the prisoner claimed Burke was liable for $50 million.
ORLANDO — A convicted sex offender who won a $3 million Florida Lottery jackpot and settled a lawsuit filed by his alleged victims is in more hot water with the court system.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry was set to retire in Dec. 30 of last year. But he still had some cases to work on, so Perry was granted service as a senior justice.
TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court recently handed a victory to the city of Tallahassee, rejecting a suit filed by a pair of guns-rights groups.