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Florida adopts Delaware's standard for disclosure-only settlements in Quality Distribution merger case

By Carrie Bradon | Aug 9, 2018

LAKELAND – Following a complicated history of lawsuits, Florida has adopted Delaware's standard for reviewing disclosure-only settlements, which may prove to be helpful as it could limit merger objection litigation.

Pharmaceutical company escapes punitive damages sought by stroke victim

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 9, 2018

A man who blamed the drug Tasigna for a debilitating stroke cannot seek punitive damages in his lawsuit, a federal judge ruled July 31.

Slander lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase dismissed by federal judge

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge threw out a slander lawsuit by a former security guard for JPMorgan Chase Bank on July 24.

Appellate court rules media entitled to more Parkland shooting video, but delays release

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 1, 2018

An appellate court allowed the release of additional video footage of the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but later delayed the decision.

From Legal Newsline

Former pro baseball player sues AP, ESPN and USA Today for defamation over article about elk antler supplement

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 26, 2018

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A former professional baseball player and his company are suing ESPN, The Associated Press and USA Today after a 2016 news article was published that had alleged false information. The three defendants have filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit.

New York attorney disbarred in Florida after attempted perjury guilty plea

By Karen Kidd | Mar 2, 2018

Attorney Jeffrey William Butcher of Ithaca, New York, practicing in Florida for more than 18 years, has been reciprocally disbarred following a Jan. 11 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea last spring for attempted perjury, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Measure could politicize Florida administrative law judge selection process, ALJ Association president says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 15, 2018

Florida House lawmakers are making a second attempt to give Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint administrative law judges, something that would threaten the independence of that judicial group, the Association of Administrative Law Judges president said during a recent interview.

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.

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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.

Appeals court rules in favor of J.P. Morgan Securities in $25 million investment case

By Charmaine Little | Jun 21, 2017

A $25 million investment that went awry for a Florida company recently ended with an appeal before Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal.

McGraw-Hill, Pearson claim Palm Beach book sellers sold counterfeits

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 9, 2017

MIAMI — Two textbook publishers are suing Javian Moore and Lakeria Moore, citing alleged copyright and trademark infringement for selling unauthorized copies of their titles.

Palm Beach attorney receives revocation for securities fraud

By Olivia Olsen | Mar 25, 2017

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. 

Action taken by Met Life against squabbling sisters results in settlement

By Dee Thompson | Mar 3, 2017

ORLANDO -- A disputed estate has caused Metropolitan Life Insurance to file an interpleader complaint and bow out of the fray, leaving the court to decide which sister gets the insurance money.The sisters, however, took it upon themselves recently to settle their dispute.

South Florida officials applaud court ruling in water transfers case

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Feb 24, 2017

NEW YORK  — The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a case that dealt with the application of the Clean Water Act, a move officials in South Florida are praising.

Hyman maintains AV Preeminent rating

By Mike Helenthal | Feb 5, 2017

Awarded to fewer than 10 percent of those registered

Florida attorney in payment dispute with estate of former NFL player

By Cheyenne Dickerson | Jan 12, 2017

MIAMI — A Florida attorney is embroiled in a dispute over payment for legal services provided to a now-deceased NFL player.

Consumer accuses Bank of America of invasion of privacy, harassment

By Cheyenne Dickerson | Jan 10, 2017

TAMPA — On Dec. 8, Florida resident Jennifer McCambridge filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the Bank of America claiming harassment and invasion of privacy against the business. 

Bucs' Winston settles suit with former FSU classmate

By Glenn Minnis | Dec 26, 2016

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has settled a sexual suit involving a former Florida State University classmate, but the details of the compromise are likely to forever remain cloaked in secrecy.

Casey Anthony attorney jailed on suspicion of cocaine trafficking

By Cheyenne Dickerson | Dec 18, 2016

Todd Macaluso, ex-attorney for Casey Anthony in a notorious murder case, has recently been disbarred as an attorney and booked into jail for seeking to transport five kilograms of cocaine and distribute it.

FSU law school wins prestigious competiton

By Dorothy Goodin | Dec 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – When Florida State University's (FSU) College of Law mock trial team won first place earlier this month at the 2016 Buffalo-Niagara competition, it won the largest “invitation-only” event of its kind.

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