Karen Kidd News

InterFACE Talent customers in Florida to begin receiving restitution, AG press secretary says

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida customers bilked by New Jersey-based InterFACE Talent can expect to receive partial refund checks in the next few weeks, the press secretary for the state Attorney General Pam Bondi said in an interview.

Feds: Gibraltar Private Bank still must comply with Bank Secrecy and Anti-Money Laundering acts

By Karen Kidd | Apr 11, 2016

MIAMI – Miami-based Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust Co. was fined $4 million, including $2.5 million in civil money penalties (CMP), earlier this year by the U.S. government over lapses that included not reporting suspicious transactions linked to a Ponzi scheme, but additional steps are needed to rectify the situation.

Florida case that affirmed AG's power to dismiss whistle-blower lawsuits not quite over yet

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – When Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed in February the state attorney general's authority to dismiss a qui tam whistle-blower lawsuit in which it chose not to intervene, most legal observers declared the case of Zoltan Barati vs. State of Florida, Motorola, Inc. et al. dead. The case, however, is proving to still have some fight left. 

Highly recognized Florida attorney has advice for women attorneys, life path and resilience

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2016

MIAMI – Easley Appellate Practice Managing Partner Dorothy F. Easley, recognized earlier this year by Rue Ratings for being in the top 1 percent of Best Attorneys in America, believes that female lawyers face more work-life balance issues than their male colleagues.

Florida Supreme Court Sunshine Law decision 'a long time in coming,' newspaper editor says

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2016

JACKSONVILLE – While 32 months isn't a long time in many lawsuits, it was a grinding pace for Times-Union Editor Frank Denton in his lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville and the Police and Fire Pension Fund for alleged Sunshine Law violation.

Florida judicial term limits proposal quietly dies; Proposal faced tough opposition among attorneys

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – A joint House and Senate initiative to make judicial term limits part of Florida's constitution seems to have quietly died, but it was the wrong approach and a counter proposal won't be made, a Florida Bar Association chairman recently said.

Few lawyers in Florida face disciplinary actions

By Karen Kidd | Mar 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – A Live Oak attorney is one of a relative few lawyers who has endured legal discipline in the state, according to statistics provided by the Florida Bar.

Citizenship Day at Florida Coast Law School expected to be well-staffed

By Karen Kidd | Mar 22, 2016

JACKSONVILLE – With only a few weeks to go, Florida Coastal School of Law's Citizenship Day is expected to be well-staffed with pro bono attorneys but there's room for more, a Jacksonville Bar Association committee chair said.

U.S. District Court injunction provides breathing room in tale of two Ubers in Gainesville

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2016

GAINESVILLE – A cleverly worded preliminary injunction is providing breathing room for companies trying to figure out if Gainesville is big enough for two Ubers, a Tampa attorney said in a recent interview.

AG Bondi to seek U.S. SC review of 'no surcharge' challenge

By Karen Kidd | Mar 17, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will appeal a loss in four companies' constitutional challenge to the state's "no surcharge" laws, which bar surcharges on credit card purchases, to the U.S. Supreme Court, a spokesperson said.

Motions to rehear filed in religious exemption property tax case

By Karen Kidd | Mar 10, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — Defendants in a lawsuit over religious exemption to property taxes levied against a faith-based organization for property it once owned in Santa Rosa County are asking that the case be reheard, the plaintiff's attorney has confirmed.

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