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Cooper City attorney publicly reprimanded after found in contempt for noncompliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pedestrian alleges motorist's negligence led to injuries

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

Patient accuses eye doctor of negligence

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

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

Couple blames Disney for husband's rat bite

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

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

JPM-RDP Farms loses bid for crop loss insurance

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

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

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

Customer blames Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant for injuries

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

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

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

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