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Pinellas County attorney disbarred for allegedly collecting fees without filing cases

Kerry Goff Aug. 1, 2016, 10:39am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court issued an order on April 21 to disbar attorney Angela Morton Armstrong, who practices law in Pinellas County.

Labelle attorney disbarred after noncompliance and causing 'great public harm'

Kerry Goff Jul. 28, 2016, 12:49pm

TALLAHASSEE – Matthew Brennan Cleary III, an attorney who practices in Labelle, was disbarred effective immediately following a Feb. 2 court order for violating the terms of a previous suspension.

Bar podcast discuss disciplinary actions, top complaints from clients about lawyers

Kerry Goff Jul. 27, 2016, 11:06am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Bar Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC) oversees the prosecution and appeals for disciplinary violations by Florida lawyers, and with continuous exposure through social media and news, the Florida Supreme Court has not only become more rigorous in its discipline, but the general population is also watching to see what the Bar is doing to monitor attorneys.

Private Sarasota County hospitals' indigent care reimbursement case headed to high court

Carrie Salls Jul. 25, 2016, 11:42am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court agreed to consider a case related to a 13-year-old law that requires Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals in the county for care of those who cannot afford to pay for medical services.

Florida Supreme Court on summer break but work continues, law professor says

Karen Kidd Jul. 22, 2016, 8:40pm

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Florida Supreme Court justices are on their annual 2.5 months summer vacation, leaving pending cases in abeyance, but there is still plenty of work getting done, a law professor said during a recent interview.

Touby: Workers' compensation rulings bring balance to 'pro-business' system

Carrie Salls Jul. 22, 2016, 8:29pm

TALLAHASSEE – A recent ruling by the Florida Supreme Court regarding the length of workers’ compensation disability benefits awarded to the most severely injured attempts to bring balance to the state’s system, according to Mark A. Touby, president of Florida Workers’ Advocates.

Chamber staffer: Workers’ comp increase will be ‘significant burden’ to small business

Karen Kidd Jul. 21, 2016, 10:01pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Chamber of Commerce doesn't know how the state's Office of Insurance Regulation will decide on a 20 percent workers' compensation insurance rate hike request but has a good idea how such an increase will affect small businesses, a chamber official said during a recent interview.

Hialeah street vendors denied law change

Dawn Geske Jul. 19, 2016, 7:28pm

HIALEAH – A challenge to the street vendor law in Hialeah has been denied by the Florida Supreme Court.

Karlinsky: Assignment of benefits bills not approved in session, still a 'major issue'

Carrie Salls Jul. 18, 2016, 9:03pm

ORLANDO – Fred Karlinsky, co-chair of the insurance regulatory and transactions practice at Greenberg Traurig, discussed noteworthy insurance-related measures before the legislature as part of his presentation at the recent Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund’s (FHCF) annual Participating Insurers Workshop.

Poll: Florida voters favor alternative energy proposals

John Severance Jul. 15, 2016, 4:09pm

SAINT LEO – Florida voters support two different alternative energy proposals that will be on the ballot in August and November, according to the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Florida appeals court panel to consider legality of write-in candidacy

Carrie Salls Jul. 14, 2016, 1:22pm

JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Supreme Court will not be asked to consider a case related to the legality of an allegedly “sham” write-in candidacy in the 4th Circuit State Attorney’s race after the 1st District Court of Appeal decided to let an appeal be heard by a three-member panel of its own judges rather than expedite the appeal to the state’s high court.

Florida Supreme Court in sound recordings rights case could spark more litigation

Karen Kidd Jul. 13, 2016, 11:20am

WEST PALM BEACH – More litigation could be triggered based on what the Florida Supreme Court decides about pre-1972 sound recordings in the state, a patent and trademark attorney and blogger said during a recent interview.

Broward County homestead exemption case headed to Florida Supreme Court

Deana Carpenter Jul. 12, 2016, 11:33am

TALLAHASSEE – After failing to win a case in the 4th District Court to allow two homestead exemptions, a Florida woman is appealing her case to the state's Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court justice inducted into Army ROTC Hall of Fame

Dawn Brotherton Jul. 7, 2016, 7:11pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis was inducted into the inaugural class of the Army’s National Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame last month, joining more than 300 other dignitaries who earned their commission through the ROTC.

Job growth threatened by recommended increase in workers' comp rates

W.J. Kennedy Jul. 7, 2016, 5:27pm

Florida business leaders warned late last week that a recommended 19.6 percent jump in workers’ compensation rates will jeopardize a run of job growth in the state stretching back over four years.

Supreme Court to weigh in on reprimand for Broward judge

Dawn Geske Jul. 5, 2016, 2:59pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether it agrees with the recommendations set forth to reprimand a Broward County judge.

Retired Miami-Dade Circuit judge honored for support of gender diversity in law

Dawn Geske Jun. 30, 2016, 11:27am

ORLANDO – Retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gill Freeman was recognized for her support of gender diversity in the legal industry at the recent Florida Bar convention in Orlando.

Four attorneys disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

Emily Crowe Jun. 30, 2016, 10:31am

TALLAHASSEE – In its latest round of disciplinary actions, the Florida Supreme Court ordered the disbarment of three attorneys and also revoked the license of one attorney.

Florida Supreme Court weighs grandparent visitation rights

Alexandra Watson Jun. 27, 2016, 3:43pm

TALLAHASSEE – In a case that highlights the continuing debate over the rights of grandparents, the Florida Supreme Court is reviewing the case of a mom who has refused her late husband's parents the chance to see their grandchildren even though a Colorado court had previously awarded them three weeks of visitation a year. 

Florida Supreme Court to decide if 'pain and suffering' caps are consitutional

Sean Fowler Jun. 24, 2016, 4:22pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's highest court held hearings earlier this month on a case that could redefine the ever-changing legal landscape of medical malpractice suits.