News from January 2019

Orange County motorist alleges another driver's negligence caused crash

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 8, 2019

ORLANDO — An Orange County motorist is suing a Seminole County driver, alleging the defendant's negligence caused a vehicle crash that injured the plaintiff.

Windermere property owner alleges buyer failed to tender payment

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 8, 2019

ORLANDO — A Windermere property owner is suing two buyers, alleging breach of contract.

Supreme Court certifies need for need 8 more judges throughout state

By Charmaine Little | Jan 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently determined the state needs eight more trial court judges in the 2019-20 fiscal year and certified its findings and recommendations.

DeSantis picks appeals court Judge Lagoa for Supreme Court; New justice praised as 'textualist'

By Ann Maher | Jan 9, 2019

Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis has picked Florida Third District Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa to serve on the state Supreme Court.

Orlando property owners allege Liberty Mutual failed to pay for hail damage

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

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

Pinellas County motorist alleges another driver's negligence caused crash

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 9, 2019

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County woman is suing a motorist, alleging negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff.

Motorist alleges vehicle owner, driver caused Tarpon Springs crash

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 9, 2019

CLEARWATER — A Tarpon Springs motorist is suing a vehicle owner and a driver, alleging their negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff.

Orlando motorist alleges another driver's negligence caused crash

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 9, 2019

ORLANDO — An Orlando woman is suing a driver, alleging his negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff.

Pinellas County business alleges New York land clearing company reneged on agreement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County business is suing a New York land clearing operation, alleging breach of contract and bad faith.

Seminole County couple seeks damages from 3 separate vehicle crashes

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 9, 2019

ORLANDO — A Seminole County couple is suing three separate motorists and an insurance company, alleging the defendants caused injuries and property damage claims, consortium claims and underinsured motorist claims.

U.S. district court grants motion to dismiss First Amendment retaliation complaint

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 9, 2019

MIAMI -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted a deputy’s motion to dismiss a First Amendment retaliation complaint against him in a case involving the alleged unlawful conduct of an airline passenger.

Court rules to disqualify law firm as counsel in Horizon Healthcare payment claims case

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 9, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted a motion to disqualify a law firm from representing plaintiffs in a case involving alleged wrongful denial of payment claims.

Foundation for Florida's Future calls state high court decision 'a victory'

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Jan, 4 on a lawsuit filed nearly 10 years ago, alleging Florida was not doing enough to provide quality education to students, on grounds that the plaintiffs' allegations were without merit.

Appeals court rules elevator company official can't be sued in worker's death

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's First District Court of Appeal determined Dec. 28 that a lower court erred when it denied a motion to dismiss a wrongful death action.

Florida high court rules GEICO operated in bad faith

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court decided Sept. 20 that a lower court erred when it ruled that a couple didn’t provide enough evidence to prove Geico General Insurance Company operated in bad faith in handling one of her claims.

Florida high court rules on timing of insurance deductible in hospital case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has weighed in with a unanimous decision on conflicting rulings from two lower courts on whether, based on Florida Statute 627.739, a personal injury protection insurance policy deductible should be applied to a medical provider’s bill for hospital emergency treatments before or after the fees are lowered under the reimbursement.

Florida Justice Reform Institute backs Supreme Court school funding decision

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Supreme Court recently threw out a lawsuit that has been lingering for nine years, alleging Florida has not done enough to ensure that the state education system is of a high enough caliber.

KUHN LAW FIRM: How an Irrevocable Trust Can Lead to Litigation

By Press release submission | Jan 11, 2019

Although many Florida estate planning trusts are revocable by the settlor–i.e., the person making the trust–there are also situations where an irrevocable trust may be used instead.

BARKER & COOK P.A.: Insurance company claims employees violated noncompete agreements

By Press release submission | Jan 11, 2019

Many businesses in Florida and elsewhere are constantly attempting to come up with ways to keep an edge over competitors.

DOBBINS BLAYA: Dobbins Blaya Recognized Again By Yelp!

By Press release submission | Jan 11, 2019

We’re proud to receive Yelp’s “People Love Us on Yelp” recognition once again; awarded to only the most highly rated and best reviewed businesses on Yelp.

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