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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 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.

Appeals court sides with Fort Lauderdale college in NLRB case

By Karen Kidd | Jul 10, 2018

ATLANTA (Florida Record) — A Fort Lauderdale college prevailed in a recent federal appeals court decision that said the college did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it required that employee disputes be resolved in individual arbitration.

Creditors, investors appeal dismissal of suit against Citigroup claiming $1.1 billion in losses

By Karen Kidd | Jun 28, 2018

MIAMI (Florida Record) – A group of investors and creditors who claim they lost $1.1 billion in a bankrupt Mexican oil services firm are appealing their racketeering and corruption lawsuit against Citigroup Inc. after a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, dismissed the case earlier this month.

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Legal finance companies descend on Florida convention to build relationships with trial lawyers

By Maya Siobhan Redding | Jun 27, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - As Florida trial lawyers gathered last week for an annual meeting featuring an array of trending litigation seminars, another industry set up shop in a big way at the convention hall site.

Former FSU, West Point attorney indefinitely suspended following conviction in child sex sting

By Karen Kidd | May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Tallahassee attorney Dayton Michael Cramer, former deputy general counsel at Florida State University, has been indefinitely suspended following an April 3 Florida Supreme Court ruling after his conviction in March for trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Perry woman claims illness linked to salmonella outbreak

By Karen Kidd | May 20, 2018

An elderly Taylor County woman who spent about seven days hospitalized for exposure to salmonella has filed a complaint against an Indiana-based egg producer and a Missouri-based grocery chain following a recall of more than 200 million eggs earlier this year.

Wrongful death case in Marine captain's 2010 death remanded to Florida district court

By Nicholas Echevarria | Apr 26, 2018

ATLANTA (Florida Record) — The wrongful case of a 26-year-old U.S. Marine captain killed in a plane crash in 2010 is on its way back to a district court in Florida after a Georgia appeals court denied a defense counsel appeal that the case should be dismissed "on political question grounds."

Appeals court upholds NLRB’s ruling approving union election for Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers

By Sandra Lane | Apr 23, 2018

ATLANTA -- The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it was well within the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to overrule objections of Transit Connection, Inc. (TCI) and declare that a vote by the company’s bus drivers to allow union representation was valid.

Federal court rejects time limitation finding in Iraq corruption case

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 22, 2018

A federal judge has revived a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit that accuses two U.S. military contractors in Iraq of bribery and rigging bids.

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.

Court affirms summary judgment backing Sam's Club in personal injury case

By Robert Davis | Mar 24, 2018

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment decision by a district court in favor of Sam's Club. The decision was appealed by a customer who was injured after slipping and falling on a slippery substance in the frozen food aisle inside one of Sam's Club stores.

11th Circuit affirms denial of summary judgment in excessive-force case

By Robert Davis | Mar 23, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court on March 13 affirmed a trial court's decision to deny a motion for a summary judgment filed by the Palm Beach Sherrif's Office in a civil action against one of its officers for excessive force and violating the 4th Amendment.

Appeals court rejects bid for new trial in excessive force case against Naples police officer

By Robert Davis | Mar 23, 2018

ATLANTA - In a unanimous decision, the 11th Circuit Court rejected an appeal for a new trial against a city of Naples police officer accused of invasion of privacy, excessive force, making a false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Appeals court backs dismissal of karaoke track provider’s trademark infringement claims

By Amanda Thomas | Mar 22, 2018

A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of trademark and copyright infringement claims brought by Phoenix Entertainment Partners over karaoke tracks it created under the Sound Choice brand.

Federal court denies RBC Bank's arbitration motion in debit transaction class action

By Nicholas Echevarria | Mar 22, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Feb. 13 affirmed a lower court's denial of RBC Bank’s motion for arbitration in a class-action case initiated by account holders accusing it of rearranging debit card transactions for increased overdraft charges.

Florida appeals court reverses $15,000 for damages in Kia warranty claim

By Nicholas Echevarria | Mar 21, 2018

TAMPA -- A Florida's Second District Court of Appeal has reversed a $15,000 judgment to Kristopher Doughty and Katarzyna Dziewiecien after a jury found Kia Motors America Inc. liable for breaching a motor vehicle warranty.

11th Circuit affirms fee award in case over remarks on patented medical treatment

By Robert Davis | Mar 19, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit panel has affirmed a lower court award of fees to a doctor who had claimed another doctor disparaged his patented treatment.

Court upholds ruling to dismiss allegations against lenders, Bank of America

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 16, 2018

ATLANTA -- The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling to dismiss allegations against Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, Bank of America and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems.

11th Circuit upholds ruling against tobacco companies in COPD case

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 14, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has upheld a jury award in the case of a woman who sued three tobacco companies claiming smoking their cigarettes caused chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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