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New Jersey attorney disbarred in Florida over multiple complaints

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Cary G. Blake, a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, has been disbarred following a March 8 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations in a multiple client matter, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Judge rules for EEOC, which sued on behalf of security guard who couldn't walk a beat

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DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – A motion to dismiss an EEOC lawsuit against a security systems company over allegations of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act was denied on Dec. 18 by Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division.

JPM-RDP Farms loses bid for crop loss insurance

FORT MYERS – A tomato farm has lost its bid for crop loss insurance after a federal judge upheld the decision made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency to reject the farm’s claim.

Miami attorney suspended following conviction on SEC charges in StratoComm attorney letters fraud

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Stewart Alan Merkin, practicing in Florida for about 45 years, has been suspended following a Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court after his conviction on U.S. Security And Exchange Commission allegations that he violated federal securities laws, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

IRS commissioner argues against $9.7 million tax filing

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service IRS responded Feb. 15 to petitioner CRI-Leslie in a dispute over a forfeited deposit of $9.7 million and the question of whether this amount was correctly or incorrectly claimed as a capital asset from a 2008 tax filing.

An 'onslaught' of lawsuits from the blind is happening; Blame both Obama's and Trump's DOJ

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to release long-promised clarifications on the Americans with Disabilities Act that would help judges handle lawsuits that claim businesses’ websites are not handicap-accessible - and the blame isn't on just one of the country's last two, very different presidents.

Appeals court hands down ruling in age discrimination case against Broward sheriff

A state appeals court kept an age discrimination case against Broward County Sheriff Scott J. Israel alive on the same day as the Parkland school shooting, which his department responded to.

Federal judge denies IRS request for injunction against Sarasota orthopedics center

A federal judge in Tampa has declined an IRS request that his court order a Sarasota orthopedics center to obey U.S. tax laws.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

Benefits for borrowers cited from multistate PHH Mortgage settlement

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.

Tort reform group: Florida deserves top 'judicial hellhole' ranking but can improve

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Florida deserved the top spot in American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)'s latest list of "judicial hellholes" but there is hope for better days, the president of a leading tort reform advocacy group said during a recent interview.

Florida’s civil litigation system helps rank state as nation's top 'judicial hellhole”

TALLAHASSEE — Despite improvements last year, Florida's "most unfair" court system in civil litigation helped the Sunshine State beat out California to take the top spot in American Tort Reform Foundation's (ATRF) latest list of "judicial hellholes," the organization said in its latest annual report.

Aventura attorney in Haitian earthquake temporary housing scheme agrees to disbarment

Aventura attorney Ronny Jay Halperin, who in 2012 was an alleged

IRS allowed to apply additional tax liabilities on sale of media company

MIAMI – In a decision filed Oct. 3, an appellate court affirmed a decision from the United States Tax Court assessing additional tax liabilities against a media company for the 2001 tax year.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit rules that victim of tax fraud still liable for IRS payments

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision to rule in favor of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a tax fraud case involving William Kardash.

Court concludes Burmese pythons, other large snakes can be taken across state lines

MIAMI — An appeals court recently concluded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cannot legally bar large exotic snakes from being traded across state lines, despite their potential threat to Florida's native animals.

Florida man whose floating home was seized may return to Supreme Court

RIVIERA BEACH — On his website, Fane Lozman refers to himself as a corruption-fighting activist who saved 2,200 homes from seizure and his own home was destroyed, but he is better known for a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Visa investment program set to expire; South Florida developers count on short extension

The EB-5 visa investment program faces an uncertain future when it officially expires April 28.

New class action brought by former felons aims to restore voting rights

Florida's harsh laws regarding disenfranchisement of felons face new challenges from the newly filed class action.

Bentley III of Florida's middle district one of Trump's U.S. Attorney casualties

TAMPA — At the beginning of March, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys, most of whom were appointed by former president Barack Obama. One of those attorneys who turned in their resignations to the president and attorney general Jeff Sessions was A. Lee Bentley III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.