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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Judge denies Florida man's request for class action against debt collector for unpaid credit card bill

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 18, 2019

A federal judge has denied a request for class action certification in a lawsuit filed by a Florida man claiming a collections company violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Plaintiffs asking for $8 million in Philip Morris lung cancer trial

By John Sammon | Feb 21, 2019

MIAMI – Closing arguments in the lawsuit filed against Philip Morris by the family of a man who died of lung cancer saw attorneys for Ulysee Holliman argue that nicotine addiction killed him and the cigarette maker conspired to fool the public on the dangers of smoking.

Wife of smoker in Philip Morris trial describes how he tried to quit smoking

By John Sammon | Feb 19, 2019

The wife of Ulysee Holliman on Tuesday described the struggles her husband went through trying to quit smoking and the agony of watching him decline after he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Plaintiff witness for Holliman refuses to budge on Philip Morris conspiracy allegation

By John Sammon | Feb 15, 2019

MIAMI – Defense attorneys for Philip Morris appeared to have an uphill battle on Thursday getting a plaintiff witness to back down from his opinion the cigarette maker and other tobacco companies had engaged in a collective conspiracy to hide the truth from the public about the dangers of smoking.

Cigarette historian says tobacco industry subverted knowledge to sell cigarettes

By John Sammon | Feb 14, 2019

MIAMI – A Stanford University professor of history on the tobacco industry on Wednesday portrayed cigarette makers bent on covering up emerging scientific knowledge and deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking so companies like Philip Morris could continue making profits.

Specialist says tobacco addiction caused man’s death in Philip Morris trial

By John Sammon | Feb 12, 2019

MIAMI – Ulysee Holliman tried to quit smoking a dozen times; he asked his wife for help, threw away his cigarettes, chewed gum, sucked candy, all to no avail. He died from lung cancer 25 years ago.

Court ruling sides with Royal Caribbean after it canceled cruise during Hurricane Harvey

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

MIAMI -- A federal court on Feb. 4 refused to follow the report and recommendations of a magistrate judge that denied dismissal of a case against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for canceling a cruise and gave the woman suing the cruise line a chance to file a third amended complaint.

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Click, then sue: Call-blocking app was meet market for lawyers seeking clients

By John O'Brien | Jan 31, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Court records in Florida show how easy it is for people to get swept up in a figurative machine that generates lawsuits. In fact, it all started for one man with the push of a button.

Employees claim Florida hospital violated FLMA, overtime laws

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 16, 2019

Employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against Baycare Health System Inc., a Florida hospital, citing alleged unpaid wages, retaliation and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act (FWCA).

Miami-based federal judge orders Florida Patriot National shareholders' class action transferred to New York

By Karen Kidd | Jan 15, 2019

MIAMI – The U.S. District court for the Southern District of Florida recently ordered that a Florida class action on behalf of shareholders in a Florida-based outsourcing company that emerged from Chapter 11 last year be transferred to a federal court in New York.

Class action against fire retardant companies could grow into hundreds, plaintiff's attorney says

By John Sammon | Jan 7, 2019

OCALA – Though the number of plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging exposure to fire retardant chemicals caused people to develop cancer currently stands at eight, their attorney said a class action could increase the number of plaintiffs to hundreds.

Plaintiffs have set 'a banquet of consequences' in class action against cruise line, magistrate judge says

By Karen Kidd | Dec 18, 2018

The families for autistic children suing a luxury cruise liner after being tossed about during passage through rough weather in 2016 have set themselves "a banquet of consequences," a magistrate judge said while recommending motions in the class action be denied.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Miami attorney explains dismissal of McDonald's 'cheese' lawsuit

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 16, 2018

MIAMI -- A Florida judge recently dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against McDonald's, after the plaintiffs alleged they were charged the full price for a quarter pounder, despite requesting the burger without cheese.

Class action suit accuses JetBlue of deceptive trade practices in sale of travel insurance

By Sandra Lane | Oct 11, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE – A Florida woman recently filed a class action suit against JetBlue Airways claiming deceptive trade practices and unjust enrichment regarding the airline's sale of travel insurance.

Barback alleges hotel owes unpaid overtime wages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 2, 2018

ORLANDO — A barback/bartender has filed a class action lawsuit against a hotel, alleging breach of an employment contract for unpaid wages.

Employee accuses paramedics group of invading his privacy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 26, 2018

CLEARWATER — An employee has filed a class action lawsuit against a paramedics group, alleging violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and invasion of privacy.

Employees accuse seafood restaurant of unlawful tip pool

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 25, 2018

ORLANDO — Three tipped employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Orange County seafood restaurant operators, alleging unjust enrichment.

Federal judge orders Florida election officials to provide Puerto Ricans with Spanish language voting information

By Sandra Lane | Sep 22, 2018

GAINESVILLE — A federal judge has ordered Florida election officials to provide Puerto Rican residents with Spanish-language voting information in a ruling that will affect 32 Sunshine State counties that conduct English-only elections.

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