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Florida justice-reform report details continued growth in assignment of benefits

TALLAHASSEE — State law intended to maintain a level playing field between consumers and insurance companies in claims-handling continues to generate a windfall for some trial lawyers, contractors and other vendors, according to an updated report by the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

Lumina Analytics promotes intelligence analysts

TAMPA — Lumina Analytics has promoted three of its intelligence analysts to the position of senior intelligence analyst.

Attorney says state of Florida failed girl in foster care who live-streamed suicide

MIAMI – A 14-year-old girl who live-streamed her suicide on Facebook never received the help she needed from Florida’s foster care system, an attorney has said, despite displaying destructive behavior.

St. Johns County lawyer earns award for pro bono service

TALLAHASSEE — St. Johns County attorney Jay S. Grife has been recognized as this year’s winner of the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 7th Judicial Circuit.

Deceptive marketing looms large in drug-treatment industry, grand-jury report finds

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A grand-jury report has found that deceptive marketing and admissions personnel are more interested in selling treatment to drug addicts rather than providing help.

Florida Supreme Court to hear Turtles copyright case

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a copyright infringement lawsuit that was filed by 1960s rock group The Turtles against U.S.-based SiriusXM satellite radio on April 6, according to the News Service of Florida.

Verizon owes Florida Power & Light $2.6M in damages for utility pole use

MIAMI – The former Verizon Florida has been ordered to pay nearly $2.6 million in damages to Florida Power & Light (FPL) after a state appeals court sided with FPL in a disagreement that saw Verizon Florida refusing to pay to use the electric utility’s poles over a pole attachment agreement, according to a report from News 4 Jax, a Florida news service.

Greenberg Traurig Miami attorney assists OKO Group with financing of Edgewater property

MIAMI — A Greenberg Traurig attorney has aided OKO Group and its partner Cain Hoy Enterprises with the financing and tax related issues regarding the acquisition of a 2-acre parcel along Biscayne Bay located in Miami’s waterfront Edgewater neighborhood.

Hard drive stirs controversy in Deltona

DELTONA, Fla. — A city attorney’s decision to temporarily remove a hard drive has caused controversy among commissioners who have objected to the action.

Two attorneys join Kelly Kronenberg’s Tampa office

TAMPA — The Kelly Kronenberg law firm recently announced that Stanley M. “Mike” Kurek III and Stacey-Ann Saint-Hubert have joined the firm’s Tampa office.

Official catch-22: Lawsuit winner might be a loser in legal fees

MIAMI – A former Pompano Beach advisory board member who successfully avoided unlawful compensation charges by proving he was not a public figure now might not be able to recoup his defense costs because he won his argument.

Criminal-contempt charge against Palm Beach County attorney dropped

PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Palm Beach County assistant who was facing a contempt-of-court charge recently had the charge against her dropped, but she still faces professional-misconduct allegations.

Term limits for Florida judges proposed again

MIAMI — A Florida lawmaker is once again pushing a proposal that would place a two-term cap on Florida’s state appellate and Supreme Court judges, despite facing opposition from the state’s legal community.

Florida Supreme Court justice steps down

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry has retired from the state’s highest court at the age of 72.

Lawson appointed by governor to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Florida State University College of Law alumnus C. Alan Lawson as the 86th justice to the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida woman ordered to pay more than $600K for BP oil-spill scam

MIAMI – A South Florida woman has been ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution for filing fraudulent claims in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a district judge recently ruled.

Court finds law for selling entire condominium projects is not retroactive

MIAMI — The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently sided with minority owners by ruling that Florida’s statute law governing the sale of condominium projects does not apply to properties that predate Florida’s 2007 amendment to its condominium statute.

Estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown not giving up on getting $36 judgment from Nick Gordon

ATLANTA–The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown plans to hire a collections lawyer to recoup the $36 million owed to them by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, who was found liable in her death and is now living in seclusion in Florida, according to People magazine.

Berger Singerman expands land use, regulatory and commercial law practices with addition of Jeff Bartel

MIAMI – Berger Singerman, which touts itself as Florida’s business law firm, has announced that it has expanded its land use, regulatory and commercial law practices with the addition of partner Jeff Bartel.

Parents take fight against Florida’s third-grade retention law to court

ORLANDO – Florida parents opposed to the state’s third-grade retention law have filed a lawsuit to challenge it in court.