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New Jersey attorney disbarred in Florida over multiple complaints

By Karen Kidd | May 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Cary G. Blake, a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, has been disbarred following a March 8 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations in a multiple client matter, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

An 'onslaught' of lawsuits from the blind is happening; Blame both Obama's and Trump's DOJ

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to release long-promised clarifications on the Americans with Disabilities Act that would help judges handle lawsuits that claim businesses’ websites are not handicap-accessible - and the blame isn't on just one of the country's last two, very different presidents.

Benefits for borrowers cited from multistate PHH Mortgage settlement

By Karen Kidd | Jan 25, 2018

This month's announced $45 million multistate settlement, which included Florida, with New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage Corporation will benefit certain borrowers who faced foreclosure and current borrowers as well, a Florida attorney general spokesman said during a recent interview.

Bentley III of Florida's middle district one of Trump's U.S. Attorney casualties

By John Severance | Apr 2, 2017

TAMPA — At the beginning of March, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys, most of whom were appointed by former president Barack Obama. One of those attorneys who turned in their resignations to the president and attorney general Jeff Sessions was A. Lee Bentley III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

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.

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

By Rebecca Campbell | Jan 16, 2017

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.

Attorney claims Hillsborough firefighter wanted on misdemeanor battery charge has not fled the state

By Marian Johns | Dec 2, 2016

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County firefighter wanted on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from his alleged involvement in a Key West bar fight maintains he will turn himself in to face the charges, but has no intention of altering his vacation plans that would require him to return to Florida early.

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.

Florida urged to follow DOJ's footsteps in phasing out private prisons

By Kerry Goff | Oct 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that it is ending its relationship with private prison companies, citing poor results in safety, services and affordability. The new inspector general's report found that contract facilities were inferior to government-run ones.

Sunshine state attorney seeks website changes, and costs and fees, from snow shoe seller

By John Breslin | Sep 26, 2016

BOCA RATON - A small Vermont firm selling snow shoes and other winter equipment has found itself in the cross hairs of a Florida law firm demanding settlement over claims of discrimination against disabled people.

Florida court orders prisons to provide kosher meals to inmates

By Rebecca Campbell | Jul 26, 2016

MIAMI – A federal judge has ordered the Florida Department of Corrections (DoC) to provide kosher meals to inmates after it rejected the state’s claim that providing kosher meals is too expensive.

Longwood immigration attorney reinstated from 2011-2012 suspensions

By Kerry Goff | Jul 25, 2016

LONGWOOD – Richard Loiseau, an established Longwood, Florida, immigration attorney who also practiced in Indiana, was reinstated on May 4 from a series of suspensions implemented between November 2011 and January 2012.

Ocala doctor settles after medical subsidy fraud allegations and DOJ intervention

By Robert Lawson | Jul 21, 2016

OCALA – A Central Florida cardiologist has agreed to settle claims that he provided unnecessary procedures to patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE.

Colleagues praise newly appointed state solicitor general

By Jamie Kelly | Jun 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Those who have worked with Amit Agarwal, who was appointed earlier this month to be Florida’s new solicitor general, have high praise for him as an attorney and as a person.

Government files suit against Collier County resident for allegedly unpaid income taxes

By The Florida Record | May 19, 2016

FORT MYERS – A suit has been filed against a Collier County certified public accountant alleging that he owes unpaid income tax liabilities and other penalties.

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.

Government accuses South Capital Construction Inc., owner of unpaid federal tax liabilities

By The Florida Record | Apr 5, 2016

TAMPA – The federal government is suing an inactive Palm Harbor corporation over allegations of unpaid taxes.

Pharmacist sued over allegations of adulterated eye solutions

By The Florida Record | Feb 17, 2016

ORLANDO — The federal government is suing a longtime Florida owner-operator of compounding pharmacies, alleging distribution of adulterated drugs.

Eastgate Tobacco Co. sued for allegedly unpaid assessment

By The Florida Record | Feb 10, 2016

MIAMI – The federal government is suing a tobacco company over allegations of an unpaid balance.

Walton County man sued over alleged unpaid taxes

By The Florida Record | Feb 10, 2016

PENSACOLA — The federal government is suing a Walton County man, seeking a judgment of more than $400,000 for alleged unpaid federal taxes, interest and other additions.

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