News from March 2018

Customer blames Orlando market for injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 1, 2018

ORLANDO — A customer is suing the property owners of an Orlando market, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Employee blames construction company for hand injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 1, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orange County man is suing a construction company, alleging negligence caused severe injuries to his hand.

Visitor blames Orlando apartment owners for injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 1, 2018

ORLANDO — A visitor is suing owners of an Orlando apartment complex, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Appellate court affirms award for widower in cigarette case

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 1, 2018

PALM BEACH -- Florida's Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal has denied the appeal from Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds in a lawsuit that found in favor of a Florida man who sued the tobacco companies for hiding the dangers of smoking, alleging the plaintiff’s medical expert testimony wasn’t qualified.

IRS commissioner argues against $9.7 million tax filing

By Stacey O'Connor | Mar 1, 2018

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service IRS responded Feb. 15 to petitioner CRI-Leslie in a dispute over a forfeited deposit of $9.7 million and the question of whether this amount was correctly or incorrectly claimed as a capital asset from a 2008 tax filing.

North Miami Beach attorney suspended following 2 client grievances

By Karen Kidd | Mar 2, 2018

North Miami Beach attorney Mordechai L. Breier has been suspended for 30 days following a Jan. 11 Florida Supreme Court amended order after grievances were filed with the The Florida Bar by two former clients.

Policy analyst sees little hope for revived Engle appeal

By Angela Underwood | Mar 2, 2018

Attorney James M. Beck said there is little legal juice to appealing a Florida state appeals court ruling reversing an order to dismiss an Engle-progeny action with prejudice and reviving a case concerning the death of a smoker.

Walmart must show video of woman who claimed she fell in Oldsmar store

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 2, 2018

TAMPA — A Florida court has ordered WalMart Stores Inc. to share video of a woman alleging falling in its Oldsmar store.

Appellate court reverses finding of suspected intoxication in workers comp case

By Michael McGrady | Mar 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — In a recent decision, a Florida appellate court has reversed an opinion, indicating that a workers’ compensation insurer is still on the hook after failing to meet its responsibilities during a 120-day pay and investigative period.

Appeals court says it can't touch immunity denial Florida Highway Patrol suit

By Michael McGrady | Mar 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE -- An appellate court in Florida recently dismissed a case regarding whether the Florida Highway Patrol can exercise sovereign immunity in civil cases.

Orlando homeowners accuse construction company of breach of contract

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 2, 2018

ORLANDO — Two Orlando homeowners are suing an Orange County construction company, alleging breach of contract.

Customer blames Save A Lot for injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 2, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orlando man is suing Save A Lot, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Orlando dog owner blamed for attack

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 2, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orange County woman is suing dog and property owners, alleging negligence in an attack by the pet.

Orlando homeowners allege insurer failed to cover water damage

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 2, 2018

ORLANDO — Two Orlando homeowners are suing an insurance company, alleging breach of contract.

Patient accuses surgical facility, physician of negligence

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Seminole patient is suing an orthopedic facility and physician, alleging medical negligence.

ABA lifts sanctions on Ave Maria law school

By Michael McGrady | Mar 2, 2018

NAPLES, Fla. -- Ave Maria School of Law was given good news earlier this month as the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions lifted several remedial actions that the body placed on the institution in 2016.

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.

Gainesville attorney suspended, no longer practicing law after 2 DUI convictions

By Karen Kidd | Mar 2, 2018

Gainesville attorney Kevin Matthew Conner, who practiced law for less than three years, has been suspended for 60 days following a Jan. 18 Florida Supreme Court order after he entered no contest pleas to two 2016 DUI charges, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Jacksonville attorney disbarred following improper legal advice to clients growing marijuana

By Karen Kidd | Mar 3, 2018

Jacksonville attorney Ian James Christensen has been disbarred following a Jan. 18 Florida Supreme Court order over improper legal advice he allegedly gave clients who were cultivating medical marijuana, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Florida court clears woman of RICO conspiracy

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 3, 2018

JACKSONVILLE — A Florida court has found no evidence that a woman is part of a RICO enterprise as claimed by a creditor trying to collect on her husband's debt.

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