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Former Florida Atlantic U. professor could appeal after losing wrongful termination suit

By Sara McCleary | Dec 20, 2017

MIAMI – A former professor who says he was fired for comments he made on his personal blog has lost his wrongful termination suit but an appeal is possible.

Florida judicial commission charges judge with violating code of judicial conduct

By Sara McCleary | Dec 18, 2017

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission has instituted formal proceedings against Judge Claudia Robinson for potential abuses of power.

Florida Supreme Court responds to questions about Florida copyright law

By Sara McCleary | Nov 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court answered four certified questions from the 11th Circuit regarding copyright law pertaining to pre-1972 sound recordings in a ruling filed Oct. 26.

Florida Supreme Court allows more liberal use of contingency fee multiplier

By Sara McCleary | Oct 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – In a noteworthy decision filed Oct. 19, the Florida Supreme Court determined a trial court can apply a contingency fee multiplier even when no “rare” and “exceptional” circumstances exist.

IRS allowed to apply additional tax liabilities on sale of media company

By Sara McCleary | Oct 10, 2017

MIAMI – In a decision filed Oct. 3, an appellate court affirmed a decision from the United States Tax Court assessing additional tax liabilities against a media company for the 2001 tax year.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit sides with body shops in battle against insurance companies

By Sara McCleary | Sep 20, 2017

A panel of judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has overturned a decision from a lower court that had dismissed complaints filed by five auto body shops against State Farm, alleging federal antitrust and state tort claims.

Appeals court dismisses case against TransUnion

By Sara McCleary | Sep 8, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a case against credit-reporting agencies.

Appeals court reverses summary judgment against homeowner

By Sara McCleary | May 9, 2017

SARASOTA – Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of a homeowners’ association.

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association supports proposed parental leave rule

By Sara McCleary | Apr 23, 2017

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (JWLA) has been added to the list of groups supporting a proposed rule that would ensure judges grant continuances for parental leave, provided it would cause no substantial harm to the opposition.

Fort Lauderdale attorney honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida

By Sara McCleary | Mar 2, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Fort Lauderdale attorney has been selected as the state’s Big of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida.

Jacksonville Bar Association honored for pro bono work

By Sara McCleary | Feb 16, 2017

JACKSONVILLE — In recognition of almost 80 years of offering pro bono legal services, the Jacksonville Bar Association recently received the 2017 Chief Justice’s Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award from the Florida Bar and Florida Supreme Court has awarded.

Appeals court to decide on students' rights to opt out of standardized tests

By Sara McCleary | Feb 14, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The 1st District Court of Appeal is considering a case that will determine several school boards’ obligations to students who wish to opt out of standardized tests.

Appeals court decides Centex must pay into HOA reserve

By Sara McCleary | Feb 8, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 5th District Court of Appeal recently decided in favor of a pair of homeowners representing themselves in a case against their homeowner association at Sullivan Ranch.

McKesson reaches $150M settlement over alleged violations

By Sara McCleary | Jan 27, 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. — One of the largest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States has agreed to a landmark settlement, according to a report on Street Insider.

11th Circuit Court: No permanent injury in Geico bad faith claim

By Sara McCleary | Dec 23, 2016

ATLANTA – The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling denying a Florida woman’s claim that Geico Insurance acted in bad faith, clarifying the court’s stance on permanency in such cases.

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