U.S. Supreme Court News

Florida and Georgia await special master's decision regarding water rights to the Chatahoochee River

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Following a 30-year dispute between the states of Florida and Georgia over whether or not Georgia should have to cap its consumption of water from the Chattahoochee River, Florida is getting another chance at reclaiming its rights to the water.

Florida man whose floating home was seized may return to Supreme Court

By John Severance | Apr 26, 2017

RIVIERA BEACH — On his website, Fane Lozman refers to himself as a corruption-fighting activist who saved 2,200 homes from seizure and his own home was destroyed, but he is better known for a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jones Day argues that federal law on smoking lawsuits should preempt state laws

By Dee Thompson | Nov 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- Attorney Gregory Katsas with Jones Day in Washington, representing tobacco company R.J. Reynolds, recently argued before the Florida Supreme Court that in Florida courts, the liability and negligence claims of smokers are preempted by federal law.

Florida floral business asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear tax dispute

By Taryn Phaneuf | Nov 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida florist has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s flower tax after the Florida Supreme Court upheld the levy in a decision issued in May.

Punta Gorda attorney still practicing law, despite facing heroin trafficking charges

By Cassandra Stone | Nov 18, 2016

PUNTA GORDA -  Criminal defense attorney Steven Burch continues to practice law despite facing federal charges for trafficking heroin. 

Florida attorneys debate Daubert Standard; court ruling to come soon

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Nov 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida Supreme Court will rule on changes to the admissibility standard for expert testimony, which has been contested in past civil litigation cases.

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals files for bankruptcy

By Russell Boniface | Oct 24, 2016

WILMINGTON -- Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals and its two wholly-owned subsidiaries have filed for bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware.

Well-known Monticello attorney dies

By Kerry Goff | Oct 22, 2016

GAINESVILLE -- Well-known and successful Monticello attorney John David Caminez passed away Sept. 25 in Chance Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. For almost 43 years, he litigated cases involving personal injury and wrongful death in northern Florida, as well as served as co-counsel for numerous cases in Georgia, Alabama and other states.

Stetson University professor publishes book on rise, resistance of corporate power

By Rebecca Campbell | Sep 1, 2016

GULFPORT – A college law professor has written a book hoping to encourage people to reconsider which rights are appropriate for corporations after meeting people who were confused about what corporations are and how their role in a democracy has metamorphosed.

Dean: Homecoming to be 'a big deal' as FSU College of Law celebrates 50 years

By Dawn Brotherton | Aug 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State University College of Law opened its doors to its first class in 1966. Today, it’s considered the top law school in Florida and the 32nd best in the nation.

Rising care costs, unhappy workers left in wake of high court appeal reject

By Carrie Salls | Aug 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – Several home care industry groups recently lost their bid to have an appeal of new rules that provide minimum wage and overtime pay privileges to home health care workers heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in potential rising care costs and unhappy providers.

'No surcharge' laws on credit card purchases are unconstitutional, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 27, 2016

MIAMI – A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of "no surcharge" laws on credit card purchases will determine whether merchants have to keep lying to customers, an official with the Institute for Justice's Florida office said during an interview.

No end in sight for Florida-Georgia water feud

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – Just follow the money and you'll understand why the states of Georgia and Florida are going back to court to continue their 27-year battle over water rights.

Florida Supreme Court to hear traffic stop passenger seizure case

By Carrie Salls | Jun 3, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH – The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling that requires passengers in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation to remain in the vehicle or at the scene of the traffic stop.

Rep. Brown taking redistricting case to U.S. Supreme Court

By Jamie Kelly | May 23, 2016

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) is continuing to fight a redistricting plan that would shift her congressional district from north-south to east-west, but her prospects for victory aren’t clear for several reasons.

Congresswoman takes Florida redistricting fight to U.S. Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | May 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – In the latest chapter in the state of Florida’s redistricting saga, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) appealed her redistricting case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management case finally over after 22 years

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – After 22 years in the courts, including a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the "takings" case of Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management is all but over, though most don't know it's still going on, a Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) spokeswoman said.

Florida DUI laws face constitutional challenge in new class action

By Nicholas Price | Apr 8, 2016

ORLANDO – Two Orlando attorneys amended a class-action complaint to name four more plaintiffs in a case against the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s driving under the influence laws.

AG Bondi to seek U.S. SC review of 'no surcharge' challenge

By Karen Kidd | Mar 17, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will appeal a loss in four companies' constitutional challenge to the state's "no surcharge" laws, which bar surcharges on credit card purchases, to the U.S. Supreme Court, a spokesperson said.

Florida congressman leads campaign to appoint Warren to Supreme Court

By Michael Carroll | Mar 3, 2016

ORLANDO — U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, an Orlando Democrat and current candidate for the U.S. Senate, has mounted an Internet campaign urging President Obama to appoint Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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