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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.

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.

Supreme Court says witnesses can't be paid for assistance not directly connected to their roles in a case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 3, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently decided a version of Rule 4-3.4(b) regarding witness payments doesn’t allow a party to pay a fact witness for fees that aren’t directly connected to a witness’s role in the case.

Florida Appeals Court reverses lower court decision over two brothers' 'adult-oriented' websites

By Chandra Lye | Jan 2, 2019

A Florida appeals court has overturned the decision of a lower court in a dispute between two brothers over their adult-orientated websites.

Florida appeals court upholds decision against R.J. Reynolds in wrongful death suit

By Chandra Lye | Jan 2, 2019

MIAMI – Florida's Third District Court of Appeal recently upheld a lower court's decision to deny a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Court denies Eleventh Amendment immunity to sheriff's office

By Tomas Kassahun | Jan 1, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is not entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity when conducting child-protective investigations.

Appeals court upholds lower court decision in dispute over Heron's Landing condos

By Chandra Lye | Dec 30, 2018

A Florida appeals court has affirmed the decision of a lower court in a dispute over the condition of condominium units in Jacksonville.

Court rules against teacher applicant who refused drug test

By Tomas Kassahun | Dec 30, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled against a woman who was denied a substitute teacher position because she refused to take a drug test.

Florida appeals court upholds jury verdict in Miami-Dade construction project dispute

By Carrie Salls | Dec 21, 2018

MIAMI – The Florida Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that awarded Kesoki Painting LLC $91,904 for work done as a subcontractor on a construction project for the Miami-Dade County Overtown Transit Village, according to an order entered Dec. 19.

Leon County court directed to enter ruling backing R.J. Reynolds in lung cancer death case

By Carrie Salls | Dec 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The Leon Circuit Court has been directed by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal to enter a verdict in favor of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a case filed by the husband of a woman who died of lung cancer, according to a Dec. 18 appeals court ruling.

Appeals court allows shopping center, car dealership easement agreement to stand

By Carrie Salls | Dec 21, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH – The District Court of Appeal of Florida Fourth District upheld the 15th Judicial Circuit Court Palm Beach County’s decision to enforce a permanent easement between a shopping center and car dealership, according to an opinion entered Dec. 19.

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.

Appeals court says lawyer documents are exempt from public record request in veterinary hearing panel case

By Charmaine Little | Dec 11, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's First District Court of Appeal recently agreed with a Leon County Circuit Court decision denying a woman's request to force the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to release documents she had requested.

Philip Morris loses appeals in post-trial motions over negligence lawsuit filed by smoker

By Charmaine Little | Dec 9, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied several appeals made by Philip Morris over a trial that awarded a woman damages for smoking-related diseases.

Child abduction allegation remanded to lower court to investigate travel consent between mother and father

By Charmaine Little | Dec 8, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit determined it couldn’t decipher the domestic details of a case in which a Colombian man filed a suit for his minor daughter to be brought back to the country with him.

Summary judgement denied on appeal in case of deaf patient not provided with sign language interpreter at Lifemark Hospitals

By Megan Sims | Dec 4, 2018

An appeals court reversed a decision to grant a motion for summary of judgement to Lifemark Hospitals after a deaf man claimed his rights had been impeded upon during a mental evaluation.

Appeals court rules Pensacola's Bayview Park cross must be removed

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

MIAMI –– A 34-foot-tall Latin Cross in a Pensacola city park must be removed, a federal appellate court has ruled.

Judges can be friends with lawyers on Facebook without disqualifying themselves from cases, Fla Supreme Court says

By Karen Kidd | Nov 18, 2018

Judges do not have to disqualify themselves from cases in which they are "friends" on Facebook with attorneys in those cases, a split Florida Supreme Court ruled recently.

Appeals court sides with Health Department in trauma center litigation made moot by new state law

By Karen Kidd | Nov 18, 2018

Despite passage of a law earlier this year that made the case irrelevant, a Florida appeals court last week sided with the state's health department in long-time litigation over its proposed rules over the number and "need" trauma centers in the state.

Army veteran granted new hearing in dispute over Social Security disability claim

By Takesha Thomas | Nov 12, 2018

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently granted an Army veteran a new hearing for disability benefits after he had been denied the benefits by the Social Security Administration and that decision was later backed by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

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