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Judge rules two expert witnesses can testify about 2016 yacht pump failure, fire

By Karen Kidd | Apr 11, 2019

Two expert witnesses will be allowed to testify about a pump failure that cause a fire in a yacht in 2016, according to a federal judge's recent order.

Bill to cap lawsuit payouts for pain, suffering headed to Florida House Judiciary Committee hearing

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

A bill that would reinstate non-economic damages caps on all personal injury cases, previously struck down as unconstitutional by what one lawmaker called an "activist" Florida Supreme Court, is headed into a hearing before a State House committee

Florida Realtors back AOB reform legislation as House bill appears headed for floor debate

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

While abuse of the state's “assignment of benefits” or AOB legal provisions is increasing at an alarming rate, 2019 might be the year when Florida legislators make headway toward reform, Orlando-based realtor's advocacy group spokesman said during a recent interview.

Appeals court decision shields managed care company's 'trade secrets' in Florida CHIP dental dispute

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

A company that manages Medicaid dental benefits for the Children's Health Insurance Program in Florida and in other states won't have to make its "trade secrets" public, as ordered by a Leon County judge, according to a recent appeals court ruling.

McAfee says he won’t pay $25 million judgment ordered over 2012 death of Belize man

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2019

John McAfee of anti-virus software fame has been found liable and ordered by a federal judge to pay $25 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a Belize man. But McAfee has said he won't pay.

Tort reform group prefers Supreme Court-endorsed county court jurisdictional increase plan over House proposal

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2019

A Tallahassee-based tort reform advocacy group prefers a Florida Supreme Court-endorsed proposal to increase county court civil litigation thresholds over a state House bill that would raise them to $50,000 over two years. But the Florida Justice Reform Institute isn't so sure a threshold increase is needed.

Coral Gables attorney publicly reprimanded for allegedly failing to fully disclose interest conflict

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Coral Gables attorney Peter James Yanowitch has been publicly reprimanded following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order over an alleged potential conflict of interest, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

New Port Richey attorney on emergency suspension for allegedly misappropriating more than $82,000

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — New Port Richey attorney Hugh Charles Umsted has been placed on emergency suspension following a March 21 Florida Supreme Court order over misappropriation allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Philadelphia lawyer reciprocally disbarred after allegedly misappropriating funds for gambling debts

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Philadelphia attorney Frank Nathan Tobolsky has been reciprocally disbarred in Florida following a Feb. 28 Florida Supreme Court order after he allegedly misappropriated money to feed his gambling addiction, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Davie attorney voluntarily disbarred after admitting to improper disbursal of third party funds

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Davie attorney Cory Scott Robins has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations involving his client trust account, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Oldsmar attorney faces second suspension

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Oldsmar attorney Allison Catherine Ridenhour faces 30 days of suspension following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations in three client matters, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Orlando attorney placed on emergency suspension after allegedly abandoning practice

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Orlando attorney Albert W. Pucylowski is on emergency suspension following a Feb. 13 Florida Supreme Court order after he apparently walked away from his practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Silver Springs attorney faces voluntary disbarment over allegations in 2 client matters

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Silver Springs attorney Albert John Vidal faces voluntary disbarment following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations in two separate client matters, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Imprisoned Hillsboro Beach attorney disbarred following 'pump-and-dump' conviction

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Hillsboro Beach attorney James M. Schneider, sentenced in February for his alleged role in a "pump-and-dump" securities fraud scheme, has been disbarred following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Atlantic Beach attorney indefinitely suspended after alleged failure to respond to official inquiries

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Atlantic Beach attorney Brett Allen Mearkle, suspended in December, has been suspended again following a March 19 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he didn't cooperate in a state bar inquiry, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Myers lawyer faces additional suspension for allegedly failing to comply with discipline

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Fort Myers attorney Esmond Jude Lewis faces suspension for the second time four months following a March 27 Florida Supreme Court order after being held in contempt, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney voluntarily disbarred following 'uncivil and unprofessional' behavior

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Miami attorney Marvin Kurzban has been permanently and voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 13 Florida Supreme Court order after being "discourteous and unprofessional" during two trials of a civil matter, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Suspended Fort Lauderdale lawyer claims constitutional protections for her online attacks

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Fort Lauderdale attorney Ashley Ann Krapacs, on emergency suspension following a Florida Supreme Court order in February over allegations she harassed opposing counsel and a judge on social media, alleges her actions enjoy constitutional protections.

Longtime Coral Springs lawyer faces suspension for allegedly failing to keep foreclosure client informed

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Coral Springs attorney Mark Howard Klein faces a 30-day suspension following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he failed to keep a client informed during a foreclosure case, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Boca Raton attorney disbarred following wire fraud guilty plea

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Boca Raton attorney Jeffrey Greenfield Klein has been voluntarily disbarred following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea last year to wire fraud, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

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