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Steube AOB bill passes judiciary panel despite business opposition

By Michael Carroll | Feb 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - A revamped bill that aims to address rising assignment-of-benefits concerns in Florida passed the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but still failed to win support from the insurance industry and business interests.

Florida AOB bill passes Senate insurance panel despite business opposition

By Michael Carroll | Jan 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – A Florida Senate panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a bill that would prevent property insurers from including attorney fees and other legal costs in their rate base, despite opposition from insurance firms and other business interests.

Florida Insurers brace for possible onslaught of assignment-of-benefits cases

By Michael Carroll | Oct 31, 2017

Insurance industry officials in Florida have yet to see evidence a wave of costly third-party claims stemming from Hurricane Irma, but companies are bracing for an uptick in what’s called assignment-of-benefits (AOB) cases.

Florida insurers caution homeowners against signing assignment of benefits

By Michael Carroll | Sep 18, 2017

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 five Florida counties

By Michael Carroll | Jun 23, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Apr 11, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Mar 13, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Mar 3, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 28, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 19, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 15, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 13, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 7, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 5, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Feb 3, 2017

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

By Michael Carroll | Apr 14, 2016

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

By Michael Carroll | Mar 22, 2016

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

By Michael Carroll | Mar 21, 2016

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

By Michael Carroll | Mar 18, 2016

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

By Michael Carroll | Mar 18, 2016

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.

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