Florida Office of the Attorney General News

Consumer attorney: Senior scams in state 'more prevalent' and 'more sophisticated'

By Carrie Bradon | Aug 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Experts say that scams that target elderly residents of Florida have become more frequent in recent years.

Florida residents with felony convictions seek return of voting rights

By Carrie Bradon | Aug 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – After felons in Florida have served their time, they are prohibited from voting in elections and their only hope to have the right restored is to seek clemency from the governor, a process that some view as unfair and antiquated.

Attorney: Price gouging seen during Hurricane Irma 'very common'

By Carrie Bradon | Aug 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Following Hurricane Irma, some companies are alleged to have illegally inflated prices of items that are non-negotiable when it comes to preparing for a massive storm.

New state AG opioid lawsuits show diverging strategies, outside counsel pay scales

By Daniel Fisher | May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - The latest wave of state lawsuits over the opioid crisis illustrates sharp differences emerging in how governments litigate these cases, both in whom they choose to sue and whether private lawyers stand to get a piece of the action.

Free speech, right to privacy collide in NRA suit against state's gun laws, attorney says

By Carrie Bradon | May 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – In the legal battle involving the National Rifle Association and Gov. Rick Scott's new gun laws, another complication has transpired that may force the NRA to name two young adults in its lawsuit.

Imprisoned Boca Raton attorney suspended after guilty plea in federal fraud case

By Karen Kidd | May 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Boca Raton attorney Jason Steven Dalley has been suspended until further order following a March 6 Florida Supreme Court order and his guilty plea to felony mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud charges, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Florida AG aware of pelvic mesh allegations, currently reviewing

By John Breslin | Apr 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is reviewing allegations that lawyers, lenders and doctors may have been involved in a scheme that led to women being enticed into corrective pelvic mesh implant surgery.

Florida attorney general kicks off 2018 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

By Carrie Salls | Apr 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits the Special Olympics, was kicked off April 5 by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, according to a release from Bondi’s office.

Boca Raton attorney voluntarily disbarred following guilty plea in patient brokering scheme

By Karen Kidd | Apr 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Boca Raton attorney Steven Ernest Slootsky has been voluntarily disbarred following a Jan. 4 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea in a patient brokering scheme, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Benefits for borrowers cited from multistate PHH Mortgage settlement

By Karen Kidd | Jan 25, 2018

This month's announced $45 million multistate settlement, which included Florida, with New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage Corporation will benefit certain borrowers who faced foreclosure and current borrowers as well, a Florida attorney general spokesman said during a recent interview.

Florida judge tells R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to keep paying state for tobacco settlement

By John Sammon | Jan 17, 2018

A spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. remained mum in the face of a recent court setback after a Florida judge ordered the tobacco company to continue paying the state millions of dollars annually to offset medical costs caused by smoking despite R.J. Reynolds' selling off several of its best-known cigarette brands to a British firm.

Fort Lauderdale attorney agrees to disbarment following patient brokering arrest

By Karen Kidd | Dec 6, 2017

Fort Lauderdale attorney Mark Mayer Spatz has agreed to his own disbarment following an Oct. 26 Florida Supreme Court order after his arrest in September for alleged involvement in a patient brokering scheme.

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal grants rehearing in fraud case

By Todd Barnett | Aug 1, 2017

A Florida appeals court has granted a motion for rehearing in the state attorney general's fraud case against a Broward County foreclosure relief company and its top officer.

State drops charges against Jacksonville lawyer in illegal gambling ring

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Mar 20, 2017

The state dismissed its case against the Jacksonville lawyer convicted on 103 charges in the $300 million illegal gambling ring, court documents show. 

Pinellas County officials fight back against 'sovereign citizens'

By John Severance | Mar 18, 2017

&&& A prisoner serving 20 years for attempted murder recently wrote that Ken Burke, Pinellas Circuit Court clerk, should immediately release him from prison. In another case, the prisoner claimed Burke was liable for $50 million.

Florida AG fights for allegedly overdue payments from tobacco industry

By John Myers | Mar 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — A three-way dispute between two tobacco companies and the state of Florida attorney general's office has lead to a haze of confusion.

Official catch-22: Lawsuit winner might be a loser in legal fees

By Rebecca Campbell | Feb 2, 2017

MIAMI – A former Pompano Beach advisory board member who successfully avoided unlawful compensation charges by proving he was not a public figure now might not be able to recoup his defense costs because he won his argument.

Governor assigns state attorney to investigate complaint against Bondi

By John Breslin | Jan 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assigned a state attorney to investigate a complaint against Attorney General Pam Bondi over a $25,000 donation made to her PAC by President-elect Donald Trump.

State to push Mathis Internet-cafe case to Supreme Court

By Erianne Leatherman | Dec 24, 2016

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has requested the state Supreme Court assume jurisdiction over a case involving a Jacksonville attorney whose conviction was dismissed.

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