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Supreme Court brief reaffirms 2013 decision regarding limits in workers' comp claims

Kerry Goff Sep. 12, 2016, 12:17pm

TALLAHASSEE – The state Supreme Court submitted a brief on June 9 in regards to the Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg case, which involved a challenge to the constitutionality of Florida’s workers’ compensation scheme.

Attorney suspended for allegedly failing to tell bar about arrests, convictions

John Breslin Sep. 12, 2016, 12:06pm

TALLAHASSEE – An Altamonte Springs attorney has been suspended for 10 days, after which he will be placed on probation, after allegedly failing to inform the Florida State Bar of his criminal convictions.

Florida Supreme Court won't hear Tampa Chinese drywall case

Quinten Plummer Sep. 11, 2016, 4:17pm

TALLAHASSEE – It’s apparently the end of the road for a Tampa couple’s grievance with American Integrity Insurance and the company’s all-risk coverage after the Florida Supreme Court decline to hear a case placing the blame on the insurer for devastation caused by Chinese drywall.

Report: Duval County 'plagued by prosecutorial misconduct, bad lawyers and racial bias'

Tara Mapes Sep. 7, 2016, 8:20pm

JACKSONVILLE – A new report released Aug. 23 by a Harvard Law group contends that Duval County is among the country’s leaders in death sentences and it, along with the other counties, is “plagued by prosecutorial misconduct, bad lawyers and racial bias.”

Attorney trust accounts at Florida credit unions clear a major hurdle

Stephen Silver Aug. 25, 2016, 3:54pm

TALLAHASSEE – Attorneys in the state of Florida are now one step closer to being allowed to open trust accounts at Florida Credit Unions, the Florida Bar Board of Governors announced earlier this month. 

State Supreme Court to hear case over wording of Allstate insurance policy regarding PIP fees

Chandra Lye Aug. 23, 2016, 12:59pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the dispute between Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Co and Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation.

Supreme Court disciplines 32 attorneys, Florida Bar summary reports

Kerry Goff Aug. 22, 2016, 11:59am

TALLAHASSEE – Based on the summaries of orders that were issued between April 4 and June 30, the Florida Bar disciplined 32 attorneys for various offenses, ranging from six disbarments, two revocations, 16 suspensions, and eight public reprimands. Additionally, two attorneys received probation and one was required to pay restitution.

New State Bar committee member's goal: Help assure allowance for fair, unbiased trials

Andrew Burger Aug. 19, 2016, 9:54am

TAMPA – Tampa attorney Dennis A. Lopez was appointed to the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee earlier this month. Lopez joins 44 other Florida attorneys serving on the committee, which plays an important role in determining the rules that govern the admission and consideration of evidence in Florida's courts.

High court won't hear Escambia County's property tax case against Portofino

Robert Lawson Aug. 16, 2016, 2:51pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court refused to hear a case regarding beach property that is being developed by a company leasing the land after an appeals court said the company is not responsible for paying property taxes. 

Florida Bar members to share opinions in poll on 31 judges up for retention in November

Kerry Goff Aug. 16, 2016, 2:48pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida law requires Florida Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges to be placed on the ballot in nonpartisan elections every six years for voters to re-elect them or not, and this year, there will be 31 such options on the ballot.

Charges filed against Duval County circuit court judge for alleged racist and sexist comments

Dawn Geske Aug. 14, 2016, 4:33pm

JACKSONVILLE – A Duval County circuit court judge has been reassigned to probate court after a female staff attorney claimed that he made racist and sexist remarks to her.

Retiring judge requests governor appoint successor in letter, attorney files suit seeking election

Karen Kidd Aug. 11, 2016, 9:31am

LAKELAND – The attorney for a Lakeland man fighting for the chance run for judge on the 10th Judicial Circuit Court says he suspects the way that bench, and others, is being vacated amounts to election tampering and is unconstitutional.

Incumbent judge seeks re-election for the first time, says family helped him achieve goals

Deana Carpenter Aug. 11, 2016, 9:02am

MIAMI – George “Jorge” Sarudy, a former high school dropout who went on to graduate from Florida State University with a law degree, is seeking re-election to Miami-Dade Circuit Court Group No. 72.

Law prof: Tickets issued through Aventura’s red-light camera program might still need paid

Karen Kidd Aug. 10, 2016, 8:34am

AVENTURA – A Florida appeals court decision earlier this week in favor of Aventura's red-light camera program means drivers who received traffic tickets from the city may need to pay up, a law professor said during a recent interview.

High court to settle Allstate PIP insurance question after district courts rule differently

Andrew Burger Aug. 10, 2016, 8:19am

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Supreme Court on Aug. 30 is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the clarity of statements insurance companies include in no-fault auto insurance policies regarding the amount and method they use to reimburse medical services providers for treating patients injured in auto accidents. Differing opinions in recent lower court decisions paved the way to the Supreme Court hearing.

Court denies groups' education funding lawsuit to bypass appellate court

Andrew Burger Aug. 10, 2016, 8:06am

TALLAHASSEE – The 1st District Court of Appeals on July 26 denied a suggestion for certification that would have enabled a lawsuit in which Citizens for Strong Schools, Fund Education Now and several individual plaintiffs were seeking to bypass the appellate court and proceed directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court suspends attorney for contempt, alleged lack of response

Kerry Goff Aug. 3, 2016, 1:34pm

TALLAHASSEE – On May 13, the Florida Supreme Court found attorney Mirta Desir, who practices law in West Palm Beach, in contempt of the court after she allegedly failed to respond to a request from the Bar to show cause for a client complaint.

Attorney ordered to attend ethics school after allegedly charging excessive fees

Kerry Goff Aug. 3, 2016, 1:11pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court filed a petition on May 19 for attorney Sarah E. Cox, who practices law in Fort Myers, reprimanding and ordering her to attend the Florida Bar's Ethics School and pay all fines and costs.

Attorney receives Bar revocation after alleged misappropriation of client's settlement

Kerry Goff Aug. 3, 2016, 1:00pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Supreme Court of Florida filed a petition on May 19 for disciplinary revocation of attorney Richard John DeSanto, who practices in Fort Lauderdale.

Court approves Bar's petition to suspend Coral Gables attorney

Kerry Goff Aug. 3, 2016, 12:46pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Bar filed a petition to the Florida Supreme Court for contempt and order to show cause requesting a one-year suspension against attorney George Joseph Charnota, who practices law in Coral Gables, for alleged noncompliance to past Bar and court inquiries and orders.