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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.

Palm Beach attorney receives revocation for securities fraud

The Florida Supreme Court recently issued a disciplinary revocation to Jonathan Paltiel Flom, an attorney in Palm Beach, Fla., stemming from his federal money laundering conviction. 

Pinellas County officials fight back against 'sovereign citizens'

&&& 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.

Settlement reached with paralegal accused of defrauding customers

MIAMI — Accused of defrauding customers out of almost $2.4 million through a debt-reduction company, a Broward County paralegal has been ordered to pay $4,500 to settle the case.

Florida Coastal School of Law flunks Department of Education's gainful-employment test

JACKSONVILLE — A Florida law school has failed the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful-employment test, which measures debt-to-earnings ratios, according to a report released by the agency last month.

Source Capital to pay over $1 million in fines, damages following FINRA arbitration

TAMPA – A Florida-based firm has been awarded over $1 million following a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration.

McKesson reaches $150M settlement over alleged violations

LAKELAND, Fla. — One of the largest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States has agreed to a landmark settlement, according to a report on Street Insider.

Florida woman ordered to pay more than $600K for BP oil-spill scam

MIAMI – A South Florida woman has been ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution for filing fraudulent claims in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a district judge recently ruled.

Florida falls to No. 4 on ATRA's annual Judicial Hellhole list

This year's report focused less on Florida as a whole and more on the state's Supreme Court and south Florida.

Florida Bar Association warns those seeking advice on immigration law to avoid 'notarios'

MIAMI -- The Florida Bar Association is warning people seeking advice on immigration to avoid using non-lawyers for such advice. Notaries, or notarios, allegedly have been preying on those looking for legal guidance on immigration issues by offering unqualified advice and illegal services.

Attorney claims Hillsborough firefighter wanted on misdemeanor battery charge has not fled the state

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County firefighter wanted on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from his alleged involvement in a Key West bar fight maintains he will turn himself in to face the charges, but has no intention of altering his vacation plans that would require him to return to Florida early.