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Attorney general and activism under scrutiny, Florida faces decision in close race

By John Breslin | Sep 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Free market thinkers and those who believe in some government intervention are involved in an increasingly sour battle over the issue of climate change.

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Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

Federal court dismisses discrimination complaint against U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 8, 2018

TAMPA - A federal court has dismissed charges filed against the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for alleged discrimination.

Miami attorney disbarred following 2013 federal wire fraud conviction

By Karen Kidd | Sep 6, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred Miami attorney Rafael Ubieta, who is serving a sentence for wire fraud, on Aug. 31.

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

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.

Florida and Georgia await special master's decision regarding water rights to the Chatahoochee River

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Following a 30-year dispute between the states of Florida and Georgia over whether or not Georgia should have to cap its consumption of water from the Chattahoochee River, Florida is getting another chance at reclaiming its rights to the water.

Orlando attorney voluntarily disbarred following sentencing for tax evasion

By Karen Kidd | Jun 3, 2018

Orlando attorney William Burton Pringle III has been voluntarily disbarred following an April 19 Florida Supreme Court order after he was sentenced in February to three years in prison for tax evasion, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

New Jersey attorney disbarred in Florida over multiple complaints

By Karen Kidd | May 1, 2018

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.

From Legal Newsline

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

By Sandra Lane | Apr 9, 2018

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

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 3, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Apr 2, 2018

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

By Stacey O'Connor | Mar 1, 2018

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.

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

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 23, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 20, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2018

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

From Legal Newsline

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

By Bruce Fein | Feb 2, 2018

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

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.

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Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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