State of Florida News

Attorney questions Scott's actions in election recounts suit

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 16, 2018

MIAMI -- Earlier this week, Republican Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against two Florida counties, alleging there could be "rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties."

Louis Vuitton sues over alleged counterfeit products

By Chandra Lye | Oct 13, 2018

A luxury retailer accuses dozens of websites of selling counterfeit goods over the internet.

Philip Morris loses appeal in wrongful death lawsuit

By Tomas Kassahun | Sep 26, 2018

A widow will receive a new trial in her wrongful death lawsuit against Philip Morris.

Federal judge orders Florida election officials to provide Puerto Ricans with Spanish language voting information

By Sandra Lane | Sep 22, 2018

GAINESVILLE — A federal judge has ordered Florida election officials to provide Puerto Rican residents with Spanish-language voting information in a ruling that will affect 32 Sunshine State counties that conduct English-only elections.

FTC and Florida ordered to reschedule depositions in case alleging computer company scam

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 12, 2018

FORT MYERS — The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Florida will have to identify and supply "communications with former employees" of companies accused of selling deceptive computer cleanup services and security software, according to a federal court opinion issued on Aug. 2.

Juvenile offenders avoid arrest with push for more civil citations

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 16, 2018

​In an attempt to decrease the number of juvenile arrests in Florida, civil citations have taken the place of handcuffs and a cell. Advocates see this as a better option – one that teaches young offenders that jail isn't the only option.

Reemergence of tropical bedbugs not cause for concern

By S. Laney Griffo | Mar 18, 2017

&&& Roberto Pereira, an urban entomologist in Florida, recently urged citizens to not panic over the reemergence of tropical bedbugs after his office received a sample that contained the once-prevalent bug.

Steverson resigns as secretary of state's Department of Environmental Protection

By Laura Halleman | Jan 30, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Jon Steverson has resigned from his position as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection after two years.

Okaloosa County attorney Joseph D. Lorenz honored for pro bono work

By Melissa Busch | Jan 19, 2017

FORT WALTON BEACH – For the second time in nearly two decades, attorney Joseph D. Lorenz has been recognized for his service to indigent clients in Florida.

Banked card game rights stay with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for now

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Jan 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The drama continues around who controls the ability to operate banked card games in the state of Florida.

Florida trial lawyers donate $6.2 million to political candidates

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- A recent report has revealed that trial lawyers contributed a total of $6.2 million to Florida candidates' political campaigns this election cycle.

Professor says quality appointments key for next Constitution Revision Commission

By Carrie Salls | Dec 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Interest in serving on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) for the 2017-2018 term is ramping up, and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga already has 32 applicants for the 15 members he can choose for the 37-member commission.

Weather prompts rescheduling of arguments in indigent care reimbursement case

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Dec 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- Oral arguments will not resume until Feb. 8 in the constitutional battle over a 2003 state law requiring Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for providing indigent care, due to the weather.

Florida leads nation in car accident drownings, movement underway to address problem

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 27, 2016

ORLANDO -- A review of federal crash data has revealed that Florida has the highest number of deaths by car accident drowning.

Red light camera case enters Florida court system

By Dawn Geske | Nov 10, 2016

ORLANDO – Another red light camera case is in the spotlight in the Florida courts system, prompting judges to reexamine whether administrative hearings for these violations are constitutional.

Florida appeals court rules medical malpractice limits are unconstitional

By Moni West | Nov 9, 2016

LAKELAND -- A second appeals court has declared that limits can't be placed on the amount of money awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits and that setting such limits is unconstitutional.

Voters will decide if Florida should expand medical marijuana law

By Joe Dyton | Nov 7, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- On Nov. 8, Floridians can vote on a proposed revision to a state constitution amendment, Amendment 2, that would expand the law governing medical marijuana and its users.

Election general counsel sides with judge's decision about voter registration

By Karen Kidd | Nov 6, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- As Tuesday's general election approaches, a federal judge's recent rejection of a Florida Democratic Party request to allow unverified voters to cast ballots was the right decision, says an election general counsel.

Voting booth selfies banned in Florida

By Dee Thompson | Oct 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- People want to take “selfies” everywhere they go, which includes the voting booth. However, by law, Florida residents cannot take selfies when they vote. 

The late Norman Wolfinger honored with Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

By Kathleen McGuire Gilbert | Oct 26, 2016

MELBOURNE -- Norman Wolfinger, former state attorney in Brevard and Seminole counties, veteran and advocate for veterans and children, was posthumously awarded with the public service lifetime achievement award from Space Coast Daily.

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