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Hudson attorney reprimanded after failing to share data with opposing counsel, rudeness to judge

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longtime Hudson attorney Frederick Leone Jr. has been publicly reprimanded following an April 4 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he didn't share information with opposing counsel and that he was rude to a judge, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Lighthouse Point attorney agrees to disbarment following patient brokering pleas

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Lighthouse Point attorney Alexander N. Kapetan Jr. has been voluntarily disbarred following an April 25 Florida Supreme Court order over his plea patient brokering charges, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Longtime Altamonte Springs attorney put on emergency suspension for allegedly abandoning practice

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Altamonte Springs attorney Michael David Fender has been placed on emergency suspension following an April 23 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he abandoned his practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Myers attorney issued emergency suspension for alleged trust account issues

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Fort Myers attorney Stephanie Brunner has been placed on emergency suspension following an April 8 Florida Supreme Court order over trust account allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Brandon attorney suspended fourth time in 2 years

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Serially suspended Brandon attorney Richard Luther Bradford has been suspended yet again following an April 11 Florida Supreme Court order, this time after not notifying others about his latest suspensions, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Ponte Vedra Beach attorney faces brief suspension, 3 years' probation following DUI arrests

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Ponte Vedra Beach attorney Christopher John Bondani faces a brief suspension and probation following an April 25 Florida Supreme Court order over two 2017 DUI arrests in separate Florida counties, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Tampa attorney faces suspension after doing 'little to no work' for clients

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Tampa attorney Thomas Klemens Almquist faces suspension following an April 18 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations arising from two cases, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Longtime Miami lawyer Raul E. Garcia faces suspension over alleged trust fund irregularities

By Karen Kidd | May 1, 2019

Longtime Miami attorney Raul Enrique Garcia Jr. faces suspension following an April 23 Florida Supreme Court order regarding alleged trust fund irregularities, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Florida governor expected to sign benefits reform despite criticism of 'bad actors'

By Karen Kidd | Apr 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is due to sign major assignment of benefits (AOB) reform but there are still "bad actors" doing much the same thing in auto glass, said the head of a Florida insurance trade organization during a recent interview.

Appeals court: Man who wrecked girlfriend's car while fleeing cops owes market value, not outstanding loan balance

By Karen Kidd | Apr 23, 2019

A man who wrecked his ex-girlfriend's Toyota Yaris while fleeing police in 2016 must pay only the vehicle's fair market value and not the upside-down loan still owned to a bank, a state appeals court has ruled.

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.

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