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Appeals court favors IRS in IVF expense case

By John Severance | Oct 19, 2017

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.

Florida man files claim against Bank of America, credit-reporting agencies over bankruptcy

By John Severance | Jul 17, 2017

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).

Florida governor signs terrorism bill

By John Severance | Jun 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed 33 bills into law this month, and one allows victims of terrorism to recover legal fees and damages.

Canadian man may be forced to sell Florida house because of U.S. voter card flap

By John Severance | Jun 8, 2017

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 woman sues Wells Fargo over alleged RESPA violations

By John Severance | May 7, 2017

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton woman has filed suit against Wells Fargo, alleging the bank violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).

Florida man whose floating home was seized may return to Supreme Court

By John Severance | Apr 26, 2017

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.

Florida Supreme Court decides not to hear Tampa General malpractice suit

By John Severance | Apr 19, 2017

TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court recently declined to hear a malpractice case in which a woman died while in surgery at Tampa General Hospital.

Bethune-Cookman enters affiliation agreement with for-profit Arizona law school

By John Severance | Apr 14, 2017

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.

Appeals court reverses order in arbitration case involving car dealer

By John Severance | Apr 11, 2017

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.

Workers' comp bill gets another test today

By John Severance | Apr 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — There already has been lengthy discussions about Florida House Bill 7085, which barely got out of subcommittee last month.

Bentley III of Florida's middle district one of Trump's U.S. Attorney casualties

By John Severance | Apr 2, 2017

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.

Appeals court reverses decision favorable to opt-out proponents

By John Severance | Mar 31, 2017

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.

Florida attorney pleads guilty to concealment of assets in bankruptcy case

By John Severance | Mar 30, 2017

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.

Legal-malpractice suit stays alive

By John Severance | Mar 20, 2017

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.

Pinellas County officials fight back against 'sovereign citizens'

By John Severance | Mar 18, 2017

&&& 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.

Jackpot winner, also a convicted sex offender, allegedly fails to make settlement payment

By John Severance | Mar 17, 2017

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.

State Supreme Court, house speaker at odds over senior-justice service

By John Severance | Mar 13, 2017

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.

Appeals court rejects gun rights group's suit against city of Tallahassee

By John Severance | Mar 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court recently handed a victory to the city of Tallahassee, rejecting a suit filed by a pair of guns-rights groups.

Brevard clerk says EDC documents made deal 'go'

By John Severance | Aug 29, 2016

TITUSVILLE – Brevard County Clerk of Court Scott Ellis has waited more than three years for this.

New College of Florida hires new general counsel

By John Severance | Aug 1, 2016

SARASOTA – New College of Florida, a liberal arts college in Sarasota, has hired Michael Pierce as its general counsel

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