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Email between blogger's attorney, Center for Individual Rights barred from dispute over legal fees

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 13, 2018

MIAMI – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) was recently granted part of its motion to prevent blogger Irina Chevaldina from introducing certain records at trial in which CIR alleges that Chevaldina still owes them for representing her in a copyright lawsuit over Chevaldina’s use of a photo in her blog

Pharmaceutical company escapes punitive damages sought by stroke victim

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 9, 2018

A man who blamed the drug Tasigna for a debilitating stroke cannot seek punitive damages in his lawsuit, a federal judge ruled July 31.

Court dismisses suit claiming credit card processor violated RICO Act

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 8, 2018

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently decided to partly grant a motion to dismiss a suit claiming a credit card processing company committed multiple acts of fraud by reprogramming credit card machines to send payment to themselves.

Court rejects discrimination claims against NetJets by pilot who is Muslim

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 4, 2018

Judge Kathleen Williams granted defendant NetJets Aviation's motion for summary judgment in a discrimination lawsuit filed by former employee Ameer Siddiqui.

Slander lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase dismissed by federal judge

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge threw out a slander lawsuit by a former security guard for JPMorgan Chase Bank on July 24.

Former federal prisoner sues US government for failing to treat his infection

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 31, 2018

A man who was in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and his wife recently filed a lawsuit against the United States government for allegedly failing to treat an infection.

MGM claims no liability in Las Vegas mass shooting

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 31, 2018

MGM Resorts International asked a federal court on July 17 to limit its liability for deaths and injuries arising from last year's mass shooting at the at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Judges dismisses some claims made by North Miami officer in his suit regarding dismissal after police shooting

By Sandra Lane | Jul 30, 2018

MIAMI – A judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently agreed to dismiss several counts in a lawsuit filed by a North Miami Police Department commander who was dismissed from the force following a police-involved shooting.

Vision Power sues Midnight Express Power Boats, alleging speedboat console dislodged

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 27, 2018

Vision Power is seeking monetary damages, claiming that Midnight Express Speedboat's center console dislodged as the luxury craft 'was being towed under normal towing procedures.'

Federal court throws out trade secrets lawsuit over Mexico City taxi app

By William Sassani | Jul 24, 2018

A federal judge dismissed an intellectual property case over a phone app that would allow customers to hail taxis in Mexico City.

15 survivors of Parkland school shooting file federal civil rights suit

By Karen Kidd | Jul 23, 2018

MIAMI (Florida Record) – Broward County's embattled sheriff and a retired deputy are among the named defendants in a civil rights action filed earlier this month by 15 survivors of the mass shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Class action against Ford over 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 still alive despite losing plaintiff

By Karen Kidd | Jul 23, 2018

MIAMI (Florida Record) – A would-be class action against Ford Motor Company claiming its 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 overheats and goes into "limp mode" on the interstate or racetrack has one fewer plaintiff and a fewer less counts but remains alive.

Lawsuit against Ford by Shelby Mustang owners progresses

By Sandra Lane | Jul 23, 2018

Ford Motor Company will face some claims by drivers alleging the 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 is not safe for racetrack.

Home Depot landlord not serious about change in venue request, federal judge says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 22, 2018

MIAMI — A federal judge in Miami has declined a landlord's request to move the venue of a case asking for a Home Depot to be rebuilt, after it was destroyed by fire, to New York, saying the plaintiff in the case isn't serious about the change in venue request.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms judgment but vacates restitution in Southern Trust Metals suit

By Jim Tyrrell | Jul 15, 2018

In a commodities-fraud case concerning Southern Trust Metals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court, except in regard to certain restitution, which was vacated and remanded.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms decision in Duke Energy Florida class-action suit

By Jim Tyrrell | Jul 14, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision in favor of Duke Energy Florida and Florida Power & Light Company in a putative class-action lawsuit.

Appeals court rules against energy company seeking refund in federal nuclear waste tax dispute

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

MIAMI – A federal appeals court recently ruled against a nuclear power plant operator over a claim that it is entitled to a nearly $100 million tax refund for losses caused by paying fees for the disposal of radioactive waste.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's challenge to confidential designations denied in financial protection case

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 11, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's challenge to confidential designations desired by the defendant, Ocwen Financial Corporation, in a case in which CFPB is suing Ocwen for alleged violations of finance law.

Appeals court remands Venezuelan case back to district court in Florida

By Karen Kidd | Jul 11, 2018

ATLANTA (Florida Record) – A case filed by the Comparelli family, who wants U.S. federal courts to decide their damages claim against Venezuela and two chemical firms over the 2010 seizure of their Venezuelan companies, is on its way back to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida after a federal appeals court recently ruled that the district court has jurisdiction after all.

Insurers ask federal court to drop them from covering engineering firm in pedestrian bridge collapse

By Karen Kidd | Jul 10, 2018

MIAMI (Florida Record) — Two national insurance companies are hoping a federal court in Miami will rule that they don't have to cover or defend a Tallahassee engineering firm in litigation that followed a fatal pedestrian bridge collapse at a university near Miami in March.

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