TALLAHASSEE — Florida's First District Court of Appeal has upheld a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's interpretation of what constitutes an "eligible facility" under the state's "slot machines" statue as it relates to Calder Race Course in Miami-Dade County using its slot machine permit through its jai alai or thoroughbred horse racing permit.
MIAMI — Florida's Third District Court of Appeal has ruled the city of Miami, its firefighter and police retirement trust and its board of trustees have sovereign immunity from the breach of contract claims filed by former and current city employees who allege an ordinance passed in 2010, threatened their vested pension benefits.
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis accelerates his efforts toward additional assignment of benefits (AOB) reform, the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF) says it is on board with a renewed effort to overhaul the law relating to auto glass claims.
TALLAHASSEE — The recent landmark case in Oklahoma brought against Johnson & Johnson over prescription opioids that resulted in a $572 million judgment has caused some concerns among business organizations, including Florida's Chamber of Commerce, that fears the application of the public nuisance law could have a negative impact on businesses.
MIAMI — A South Florida aircraft maintenance and repair facility has been granted in part and denied in part its motions to dismiss negligence claims and other counts filed by an aviation company whose Eclipse 500 jet had to make an emergency landing due to mechanical problems.
MIAMI — A federal court has ruled that a Russian woman who owns a nail and hair salon in the Trump International Hotel in Miami must comply with a subpoena in connection with a lawsuit alleging an insurance fraud and racketeering operation out of Brooklyn.
FORT LAUDERDALE — A federal court has closed a suit filed by a former Broward County Sheriff's Office employee who alleged disability discrimination and retaliation over family medical leave to care for her severely asthmatic son.
MIAMI — A federal judge ruled that Royal Caribbean did not show bad faith intent in the loss of several hours of a ship's closed circuit television video monitoring (CCTV) in a suit filed by a group of autistic children and their families who were passengers during a winter storm with hurricane-force winds.
MIAMI — A federal court has denied a motion for a new trial by a passenger who alleges an airline is responsible for injuries she suffered during turbulence on a flight from Madrid to Milan, Italy, because they did not wake her so she could fasten her seatbelt.
MIAMI — The manufacturer of LifeVest, a wearable defibrillator vest, has lost its attempt to exclude the opinions of an expert witness in a case involving a cardiac patient who died after the vest allegedly failed to administer a shock.
JACKSONVILLE — A federal judge has dismissed a stockholder suit involving a doctor who alleges the former pediatric nurse with whom he embarked on a "cardiology technology" business deal defrauded him as well as other investors.
JACKSONVILLE — An assignee for a Florida condo association has won an attempt to remand its case against an insurer to state court and to add the condo association as a defendant after the association was found to have cashed in more than $200,000 in insurance money payments without the assignee's knowledge.
JACKSONVILLE — A federal court has struck down CalAtlantic insurance company's argument that the construction defects alleged against the builder by a Jacksonville townhome community's homeowners association are not covered because they were found after the development's completion.
JACKSONVILLE — A federal court has agreed to Daytona Beach-based Costa Del Mar's request to seal some of the company's internal communications, marketing information and confidential business documents that are part of a class action suit filed by a Florida man who alleges the sunglass manufacturer illegally charged customers a processing fee for lifetime warranties.
MIAMI — The owners of Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise have been denied a preliminary injunction request in their fight to stop a Florida casino tour company from continuing to use the mall's trademark after the termination of a shuttle service agreement.
MIAMI — A federal court has rejected new evidence presented by the plaintiff in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act (RA) suit against Ross University Medical School, a Barbados university with administrative offices in Miramar.
MIAMI —A federal judge has granted Liberty Mutual's motion for summary judgment in an alleged breach of contract case involving Miami-Dade residents who waited eight months to file an insurance claim after a leak under their kitchen sink led to water damage.
MIAMI — A Royal Caribbean luxury cruise line subsidiary, Silverseas, has been awarded nearly $5,000 in litigation costs after it prevailed in a maritime personal injury case filed by a woman who alleged she was served guacamole that contained shellfish even after warning of her seafood allergy.