News from December 2018

Carnival cruise ships loses footage of plaintiff allegedly slipping and falling on its ship

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 13, 2018

A judge has ordered sanctions ahead of a trial against the Carnival cruise ship company, which claims to have lost the footage of a woman allegedly slipping and falling near the buffet on one of its ships.

Court denies motion to strike expert witness on a tortious interference case

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 13, 2018

A judge denied a plaintiff's motion to have struck a signature-verification expert in a lawsuit over a contentious business deal and alleged forgery.

St. Lucie County and its insurance provider responsible for benefits despite firefighter being on leave, court says

By Charmaine Little | Dec 13, 2018

St. Lucie County and its insurer lost an appeal seeking reimbursement after it covered the heart attack of a firefighter who was no longer on active duty.

Lawyer: Principal's lawsuit over firing is about preventing child abuse

By Claudia Balthazar | Dec 14, 2018

The former principal at Changing Lives Academy, a private school in Orange County, recently filed suit in the Orange County Circuit Court against the school, claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting a teacher for alleged child abuse.

Appeals court affirms multimillion dollar summary judgment amid foreclosure

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

MIAMI -- A lack of a written release caused Florida's Third District Court of Appeal to side with a company on Dec. 12 in a $38 million foreclosure case against a Florida man, affirming a lower court’s ruling for summary judgement in favor of the company.

Court dismisses case against cruise line involving drunk passenger's fall

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

MIAMI -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit determined Dec. 13 that a cruise line wasn’t negligent in a passenger’s drunken fall that lead to injuries.

Appeals court rules bar not responsible in wrongful death caused by intoxicated restaurant worker

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

MIAMI -- Florida's Third District Court of Appeal affirmed Dec. 12 a lower court’s ruling that a bar was not responsible for a man’s drunken state when he struck a Moped, killing one person.

Judge allows negligence lawsuit to continue against ex-deputy present at Parkland shooting

By Carrie Bradon | Dec 16, 2018

A Florida judge allowed a negligence lawsuit to continue over allegations that the police officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the Parkland shooting failed to take reasonable action to prevent students and staff from being killed.

Housing authority alleges tenants failed to pay monthly rent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

ORLANDO — A Florida housing authority is suing a couple, alleging breach of contract.

Orlando couple alleges they were denied insurance coverage after Hurricane Irma

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orlando couple is suing an insurance company, alleging breach of contract.

Customer alleges Orlando clothing store's negligence led to injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 17, 2018

ORLANDO — A customer is suing an Orlando retail establishment, alleging negligence caused head injuries to the plaintiff.

Vehicle driver claims her vehicle was struck in the rear

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

A vehicle driver is suing a motorist, citing alleged negligence.

Driver claims other motorist was negligent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

A vehicle driver is suing another vehicle owner and driver, citing alleged negligence.

Customer alleges restaurant operators' inadequate security led to beating

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 17, 2018

CLEARWATER — A customer is suing Tarpon Springs restaurant operators, alleging negligence led to the plaintiff being assaulted.

Property owner claims Security First unfairly denied claim

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

A property owner is suing an insurance company, citing alleged breach of contract.

Patron alleges he was injured by bouncer at Tarpon Springs restaurant

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 17, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County man is suing Tarpon Springs restaurant operators, alleging negligence led to an assault from a bouncer.

Property owner sues Citizens Property Insurance for breach of contract

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 17, 2018

A property owner is suing Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, a liability insurer, citing alleged breach of insurance contract.

Florida resident suing motorist for negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 17, 2018

A Florida resident is suing Lauren Zanders, a motorist, citing alleged negligence.

Tiger Enterprises sues Frank's Body Shop, claiming negligence led to property damage

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

A car repair service is suing an auto shop, citing alleged breach of duty and negligence.

New mother claims Bayfront HMA Medical Center was negligent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 17, 2018

A mother is suing a medical center, citing alleged professional negligence.

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