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U.S. court rules against Fort Myers woman in insurance dispute

By Marian Johns | May 31, 2019

FORT MYERS — A Fort Myers woman's request for certification for interlocutory appeal has been denied by a federal court in her insurance dispute case against Travelers Insurance.

Florida appeal court reverses foreclosure dismissal as 'sanction' against New York bank

By Karen Kidd | May 31, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — A foreclosure action dismissed as a "sanction" against a bank for not obeying court orders is on its way back to Bay County after a state appeal court reversed the dismissal.

U.S. court rules against Fort Myers high school student who wanted 5th year of sports

By Marian Johns | May 31, 2019

FORT MYERS — A federal court has dismissed without prejudice a Fort Myers high school student's allegations of disability discrimination against the Florida High School Athletic Association as part of his ongoing legal battle to be allowed to continue to play high school sports for a fifth consecutive year due to his learning disability.

Homeless St. Augustine man wins injunction against St. Johns County sheriff

By Marian Johns | May 31, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — A federal court has enjoined the St. Johns County sheriff and the director of the Florida Highway Patrol from enforcing a Florida statute regarding solicitation on public streets against a St. Augustine homeless man who alleges violation of his First Amendment rights.

Court rules against tobacco companies' motion for new judgment in wrongful death case

By Charmaine Little | May 31, 2019

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the Jacksonville Division denied on April 15 a group of tobacco companies’ renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law and alternative motion for new trial.

Court: Marriott must allow insurer to conduct 'destructive testing' in hurricane damage claim

By Marian Johns | May 21, 2019

South Beach Marriott has lost its legal attempt to prevent its insurance company from conducting "destructive testing" on its hotel property as part of a $16 million insurance claim due to damages from Hurricane Irma.

Fear that former partner will turn violent isn't enough for 'dating violence' injunction, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2019

In Florida, it is not enough to be afraid that a former dating partner will be violent before a so-called "dating violence" restraining order may be granted, Florida's First District Court of Appea said in a recent opinion.

Law firm gets win vs timeshare developer in lawsuit over timeshare escape claims

By Marian Johns | May 16, 2019

A federal judge has granted a partial win to a law firm that offers "timeshare-relief services" in a lawsuit brought by a time share resort developer.

Federal court weighs in on Safeco's attempt to assign zero value to RV seized by FBI for prior owner's criminal acts

By Marian Johns | May 15, 2019

A federal court has intervened in a dispute over the testimonies of expert witnesses used in a case involving a Florida man who is suing his insurance carrier over the value of a stolen RV that he purchased and which was then confiscated by the FBI.

Insurance company loses effort to remand case involving coverage of Boca Raton condo president

By Marian Johns | May 15, 2019

An insurance company's move to send back to state court a coverage dispute with a Boca Raton condo association has been denied by a West Palm Beach federal judge.

Federal judge: Request for attorney fees 'excessive' in case involving Tampa commercial debt company

By Marian Johns | May 13, 2019

A federal court has ruled that a $400,000 fee request from attorneys for an Alabama marine supply company was "excessive" in a breach of contract and deceptive trade practices case they won against a Tampa commercial debt settlement company.

Judge: Online membership agreement means Florida residents suing JetSmarter must go to arbitration

By Florida Record | May 8, 2019

MIAMI — A federal court has granted Ft. Lauderdale-based JetSmarter's motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit filed by two Florida residents, alleging the company breached its membership agreement regarding plane flight costs.

Federal court grants default judgment in trademark counterfeiting case

By Marian Johns | May 8, 2019

MIAMI — A federal court has granted a golf equipment company's motion for final default judgment in a case alleging Buyallpro's trademark counterfeiting and infringement through its marketing and selling in the Southern District of Florida.

Court stays case for coverage fight between Fort Myers construction management company, insurer

By Marian Johns | May 8, 2019

FORT MYERS – A federal court has stayed a case involving a Fort Myers construction management company that had been ordered to pay more than $600,000 in a construction defect lawsuit and who is being sued by its insurer over coverage in the matter.

Court denies motion to dismiss Vision Pharma's claims in contract dispute

By Marian Johns | May 8, 2019

FORT MYERS — An Iowa-based pharmaceutical company's effort to dismiss a complaint by Vision Pharma in a dispute over a product supply agreement has been struck down by a federal court.

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