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Florida insurers caution homeowners against signing assignment of benefits

Michael Carroll Sep. 18, 2017, 7:02am

Florida insurance companies are warning property owners who sustained damage from Hurricane Irma to avoid fraud by not signing away their insurance rights to third parties.

Litigation scheme seen as driving auto glass claims in 5 Florida counties

Michael Carroll Jun. 23, 2017, 10:11am

Some Florida counties are seeing a major spike in auto glass litigation, generating fears that auto insurance premiums may follow the trajectory of rising property insurance rates in the state.

Judicial term limits proposal now faces more skeptical lawmakers in Senate

Michael Carroll Apr. 11, 2017, 11:18am

A constitutional amendment to impose 12-year term limits on state Supreme Court and appellate judges passed the Florida House by a bare one-vote margin last week, but it will now go before senators who have voiced skepticism about judicial term limits.

New Constitution Revision Commission not expected to push for aggressive changes

Michael Carroll Mar. 13, 2017, 7:40pm

Florida may be a Republican trifecta—meaning the GOP controls the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature—but political observers don’t expect hard-right ballot measures to spew out of the newly appointed Constitution Revision Commission.

Judge's ruling leads Greenberg, Dyadic to settle malpractice case

Michael Carroll Mar. 3, 2017, 1:27pm

WEST PALM BEACH -- Dyadic International has settled its legal malpractice dispute with Greenberg Traurig after a Florida judge struck down Dyadic’s claim to more than $700 million in damages.

Former Dyadic executive blames firm's meltdown on CEO, lawless subsidiary

Michael Carroll Feb. 28, 2017, 12:55pm

WEST PALM BEACH -- A Florida biotech firm’s financial meltdown in April 2007 stemmed not from bad legal advice but the actions of a subsidiary that had become a “self-sustaining criminal enterprise,” the company’s chief financial officer has testified.

Greenberg defense witnesses fault CEO for firm's plight

Michael Carroll Feb. 19, 2017, 11:40am

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A biotech company’s financial near-death spiral in 2007 was largely the fault of its chief executive officer, not the attorneys advising the firm, defense witnesses testified last week.

Bad legal advice derailed 'Little Engine That Could,' Dyadic witnesses testify

Michael Carroll Feb. 15, 2017, 5:11pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Negligent lawyers were “driving the bus” when the board of directors of Dyadic International made fateful decisions in 2007 that sent the biotech company barreling toward the financial cliff, a witness told jurors last week.

Dyadic, Greenberg Traurig continue to battle in court

Michael Carroll Feb. 13, 2017, 5:16pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys representing the biotechnology firm Dyadic International continued to parade witnesses before a Florida jury recently as they built their case that ruinous legal advice caused the company’s market value to nosedive.

'Handshake' case gets spring trial date

Michael Carroll Feb. 7, 2017, 9:13am

What might be termed a grip-and-grimace lawsuit will go to trial in Palm Beach this spring to decide whether a 2004 handshake between two attorneys led to years of pain and medical treatments for one of them.

Biotech firm's expert witness finds Greenberg Traurig legal advice subpar

Michael Carroll Feb. 5, 2017, 9:25pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Greenberg Traurig attorneys gave a Florida biotech firm bad legal advice that precipitated a crisis atmosphere a decade ago and sent the company on a downward financial spiral, an expert witness recently testified at a legal-malpractice trial last week.

Florida biotech CEO testifies that Greenberg Traurig advice 'destroyed' company

Michael Carroll Feb. 3, 2017, 6:25pm

WEST PALM BEACH — The chief executive of a Florida biotech company told jurors this week that an attorney with the Greenberg Traurig law firm pressured him to resign from his post in 2007, after which the company went into a financial tailspin that saw its net worth allegedly drop by more than $180 million.

Consent decree stops Florida distributor from selling supplement claiming to cure herpes

Michael Carroll Apr. 14, 2016, 3:29pm

ORLANDO – The Florida distributor of a dietary supplement that claimed to cure herpes has stopped distributing the product after agreeing to a consent decree, both the Justice Department and the Food and Drug Administration announced recently.

Florida legal firm gives law students pointers for success

Michael Carroll Mar. 22, 2016, 8:26pm

ST. PETERSBURG – Ensuring that today’s law students have the resources, skills and outlook to navigate the challenging legal landscape of the future is no longer just the purview of law schools and individual professors; legal firms themselves have also gotten into the act.

Florida state Senate fails to advance judicial term limits proposal

Michael Carroll Mar. 21, 2016, 9:00am

THE VILLAGES – An effort to impose term limits on appellate and state Supreme Court judges in Florida died in the state Senate last month, but opponents vow to fight the idea if it resurfaces in the legislature next year.

Florida special prosecutor ready to ascend to Hillsborough County Court bench

Michael Carroll Mar. 18, 2016, 11:46pm

TAMPA – After serving for nearly a decade in the Office of Statewide Prosecution -- a stint that included prosecuting former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer for bilking the party out of $125,000 – special counsel Michael S. Williams begins a new job on Monday on the Hillsborough County Court bench.

Collier County judge sees revamped ethics panel as way to ensure honest government

Michael Carroll Mar. 18, 2016, 11:06pm

NAPLES -- Having seen too many public officeholders in Florida profit from their positions and suffer ethical lapses that damage the public trust, Collier County Judge Mike Carr has called for the creation of a more muscular Commission on Ethics that could help push dishonest public servants out of office.

DUI charges bring down another Broward County judge

Michael Carroll Mar. 4, 2016, 10:23am

POMPANO BEACH -- A Broward County circuit judge’s decision to resign her post rather than further defend her reputation in the wake a 2014 drunken driving conviction illustrates the Florida Supreme Court’s determination to enforce high standards of conduct for judicial officers.

Florida congressman leads campaign to appoint Warren to Supreme Court

Michael Carroll Mar. 3, 2016, 4:04pm

ORLANDO — U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, an Orlando Democrat and current candidate for the U.S. Senate, has mounted an Internet campaign urging President Obama to appoint Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.