News from April 2018

Cooper City attorney publicly reprimanded after found in contempt for noncompliance

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Cooper City attorney Melissa A. Heaton has been publicly reprimanded following a Feb. 1 Florida Supreme Court order after she was found in contempt for noncompliance, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Gulf Breeze attorney disbarred, request for rehearing denied

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Gulf Breeze attorney Kelly Kathryn McGraw has been disbarred following a Jan. 3 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she failed to comply with a reinstatement order following her 2011 suspension over substance abuse issues, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Michigan attorney suspended in Florida, found in contempt for not responding to inquiry

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Michigan attorney Richard Shant Norsigian, practicing in Florida for about 10 years, has been suspended following a Feb. 23 Florida Supreme Court order after he failed to respond to an official inquiry, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

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.

Miami Lakes attorney disbarred over 'cumulative, disparaging misconduct' toward peers

By Karen Kidd | Apr 2, 2018

Miami Lakes attorney Robert Joseph Ratiner has been disbarred following a Feb. 22 Florida Supreme Court opinion over allegations of "cumulative, disparaging misconduct" to other members of the legal profession, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

3rd District panel affirms denial of class certification in case over assessed value of condos

By Angela Underwood | Apr 2, 2018

Three 3rd District Court of Appeal judges have affirmed a lower court's decision to deny class certification in a consolidated case involving two condominium associations.

4th District court remands Walmart slip-and-fall case

By Takesha Thomas | Apr 2, 2018

The 4th District Court of Appeal has remanded a case involving a slip-and-fall claim at a Walmart, and the order could affect the plaintiff's award for medical expenses.

Deerfield Beach homeowner alleges insurer failed to cover hurricane damages

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Deerfield Beach homeowner is suing an insurance company, alleging breach of contract.

Pedestrian alleges motorist's negligence led to injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Broward County pedestrian is suing a motorist, alleging negligence caused injuries to the plaintiff.

Patient accuses eye doctor of negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2018

ORLANDO — A Florida patient is suing eye doctors, alleging negligence in their care of the plaintiff.

Motorist alleges Allstate failed to pay for crash damages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County man is suing motorists and Allstate, alleging negligence and breach of contract.

Couple blames Disney for husband's rat bite

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2018

ORLANDO — A husband and wife are suing Walt Disney, alleging negligence for a rat bite suffered by the husband.

Appeals court remands case over site plan denial to Indian River

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 3, 2018

Florida court finds government violated developer’s rights under Ben J. Harris Act

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.

Former employee accuses insurance firm of age discrimination

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 3, 2018

CLEARWATER — A former employee is suing an insurance company, alleging age discrimination and gender discrimination.

Ocoee property owners allege tenant failed to pay monthly rent

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 3, 2018

ORLANDO — Ocoee property owners are suing a tenant, alleging breach of contract.

Customer blames Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant for injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 3, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County man is suing owners of a Pinellas Park Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Condo board director accuses couple of defamation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 4, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Broward County condominium board director is suing a husband and wife, alleging defamation.

District Court denies request for injunctive relief in ADA case

By Robert Davis | Apr 4, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, rejected a man's claims that a gas station violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), calling Houston's claims meritless.

Guest blames Ramada for fall, injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 4, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A guest is suing a Ramada resort, alleging negligence caused her to fall and suffer injuries to her wrist.

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