U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida News

Southern Legal Counsel claims panhandling is constitutionally protected, 'is speech protected by the First Amendment'

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 20, 2019

Several southern Florida counties are arresting individuals asking for money, claiming that asking for money in public spaces without authorization from the government is illegal; other groups, however, claim that this is allowed in the First Amendment.

Federal judge denies Orlando man's request for class certification in mold case

By Richard Jones | Jun 13, 2017

ORLANDO — A federal judge has denied a motion for class certification in a dispute between an Orlando man and a property management company, saying that the plaintiff failed to identify a relevant common question.

Federal judge remands Social Security case

By Richard Jones | Jun 12, 2017

FORT MYERS — A federal judge has overturned an appeals court decision issued by the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration denying a Florida woman’s request for supplemental insurance benefits.

US District Court judge issues ruling in bad faith claim

By Richard Jones | Jun 5, 2017

ORLANDO — Judge Roy Dalton of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has remanded a bad faith insurance case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Florida.

Middle District court pushes parties to streamline pre-trial motions

By Richard Jones | May 17, 2017

FORT MYERS — A federal judge has denied a host of motions in a contentious case in which allegations of copyright violations are mixed with claims of fictitious military service.

Bloomin' Brands restaurant managers allege they were not paid overtime wages

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 16, 2017

TAMPA – A California woman and a Maryland man have filed a class action against a Tampa-based business over allegations that they did not receive overtime pay.

Federal judge rules against Verizon claim for sanctions

By Richard Jones | May 15, 2017

ORLANDO — A federal judge has denied a request by Verizon Communications and Verizon Florida to issue sanctions against a Florida woman who claimed the company violated debt collection and credit reporting laws.

Consumer files suit against Enhanced Recovery Co. over calls meant for sister

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 15, 2017

ORLANDO – A Lutz man alleges he was harassed by calls from a debt collector in its attempts to reach a family member.

District court judge allows bad faith claim against Starr Indemnity & Liability to move forward

By Richard Jones | May 12, 2017

TAMPA — A U.S. district court has issued an order denying a motion for dismissal in favor of Tampa-area brothers who filed an insurance claim following a fire in a building they owned.

Federal judge denies summary judgment motions in insurance case

By Richard Jones | May 11, 2017

TAMPA — A U.S. district judge has denied motions by both the plaintiffs and defendants in a Florida woman’s bad faith lawsuit against an automobile insurer.

Motorist claims State Farm failed to pay benefits after collision

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 2, 2017

TAMPA – A Pasco County, motor vehicle driver is suing an insurance company, citing alleged breach of contract by refusing to pay automobile insurance benefits.

Consumer claims Synchrony Bank continued to call him after he requested calls to stop

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 2, 2017

JACKSONVILLE – A Cape Coral consumer is suing a bank in Utah for alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Photographer alleges StartupBros unlawfully used photo

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 24, 2017

ORLANDO – A Palm Harbor business is accused of unlawfully using a photograph to advertise its business.

Man alleges HRS Hotels LLC property isn't compliant with ADA regulations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 24, 2017

ORLANDO – A disabled Broward County man claims a Brevard County hotel has barriers that restricted his access to the property.

Ignite Payments LLC alleged to have sent junk faxes to Napa Auto Care of Cape Coral

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 21, 2017

TAMPA – A California limited liability company is accused of sending unsolicited faxes.

MyRaceRagz accused of unlawfully using photographer's work

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 21, 2017

TAMPA – A South Carolina photographer alleges a Clearwater apparel company used one of his photographs without authorization.

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. and Carrabba’s Italian Grill face class action over wage allegations

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 20, 2017

ORLANDO – A New York woman has filed suit against Carrabba's Italian Grill alleging she is owed unpaid wages.

Former server says Anthony's on the Green operators failed to pay proper minimum wage

By Wadi Reformado | Feb 17, 2017

BROWARD — A Lee County woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against her former employer citing alleged unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Two attorneys join Kelly Kronenberg’s Tampa office

By Rebecca Campbell | Feb 9, 2017

TAMPA — The Kelly Kronenberg law firm recently announced that Stanley M. “Mike” Kurek III and Stacey-Ann Saint-Hubert have joined the firm’s Tampa office.

XPO Logistics Inc. alleged to owe unpaid wages to former employees

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 11, 2017

ORLANDO – A class action has been filed by former assistant operations managers against a global transportation and logistics company over allegations that they were not compensated for overtime work.

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