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Appeals panel: Judge erred in allowing contract suit to proceed vs MBC Gospel Network despite lack of original note

By Marian Johns | Apr 23, 2019

A Florida state appeals panel says a Leon County judge ignored the law when she allowed Florida's News Channel to continue with a contract lawsuit against Christian TV programmer MBC Gospel Network, even though the plaintiff couldn't produce an original copy of the promissory note at the heart of the controversy.

Oviedo therapist loses appeal in sexual misconduct case

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A psychotherapist practicing in Oviedo has been denied the appeal of his emergency license restriction that prevented him from treating female patients due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Court rules German citizen linked to Orange County real estate racketeering can be deposed

By Marian Johns | Apr 11, 2019

A federal judge has ordered that a German citizen who resides in Switzerland can be compelled to produce documents and undergo a deposition in a case regarding alleged racketeering that involved real estate in Orange County.

Judge rules two expert witnesses can testify about 2016 yacht pump failure, fire

By Karen Kidd | Apr 11, 2019

Two expert witnesses will be allowed to testify about a pump failure that cause a fire in a yacht in 2016, according to a federal judge's recent order.

Tobacco researcher says 1 in 2 heavy smokers will die at Philip Morris-R.J. Reynolds trial

By John Sammon | Apr 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – A tobacco industry researcher called as a plaintiff witness in a lawsuit accusing Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of causing a woman’s lung cancer described an alleged conspiracy of cigarette-makers to deny the truth including a 1950s confidential statement from a tobacco official that read, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could produce a cancer-free cigarette?”

Court upholds denial of man's mental health benefits claim

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida appeals panel has upheld the denial of mental health treatment as part of a worker’s compensation claim.

11th Circuit: Body shops' price-fixing claims vs State Farm remain wrecked, but interference claims restored for now

By Florida Record | Apr 2, 2019

A federal appeals court given a new pulse, for now, to a lawsuit brought by Florida auto body repair shops, claiming State Farm improperly pressured shops to lower their prices and threatening to boycott those which did not comply.

Appeals court reverses decision that denied man continued coverage for alleged asbestos-related maladies

By Takesha Thomas | Apr 1, 2019

A Florida state appeals panel has reversed a Judge of Compensation Claims decision that denied a man who was diagnosed with occupational-induced asthma continued medical care, costs and attorneys’ fees.

Florida appeals court reverses decision denying an oil well drilling permit in Everglades

By Sandra Lane | Mar 30, 2019

A Florida state appeals panel has ruled a state agency was wrong to deny a landowner in the Everglades the chance to drill a well to explore for oil.

PatientFinder loses request to have case remanded

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 26, 2019

MIAMI -- A district court has denied a software company's request to have a case against them remanded after it lost a ruling involving health care software.

Summary judgment granted after defendants prove action barred in New York corporate assets case

By Shanice Harris | Mar 22, 2019

A federal judge has granted a defendant's request for summary judgment in a corporate assets dispute involving Blue Heron Commercial Group.

Federal judge denies U.S. Sugar's try to dismiss dump operator's racial discrimination suit

By Shanice Harris | Mar 22, 2019

The U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida has denied a defendant's motion to dismiss a case in an ongoing legal battle after the plaintiffs allege they were wrongfully terminated due to their race.

Florida Public Service Commission wins appeal to allow water, sewer rates to rise

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 22, 2019

The Florida Public Service Commission has won an appeal that will allow water and sewer rates in the state to be raised.

Florida Public Service Commission wins appeal to allow water, sewer rates to rise

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 22, 2019

The Florida Public Service Commission has won an appeal that will allow water and sewer rates in the state to be raised.

Appeals court: Hendry County homeowners can't easily escape $137K foreclosure collection suit

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 20, 2019

A Florida appeals court has reopened a Hendry County judge's decision to let a couple off the hook for potentially $137,000 in debt owed on a foreclosed mortgage, saying the couple's reliance on documents from Fannie Mae on the property's value isn't enough to stop the collection lawsuit from continuing.

Florida Prepaid 'tuition differential fee' doesn't entitle out-of-state students to tuition 'windfall:' Appeals panel

By Florida Record | Mar 19, 2019

Florida's Prepaid College program doesn't owe a woman thousands of dollars more toward her son's out-of-state college tuition under a so-called "tuitition differential fee" provision, because to give her the money would create a "nonsensical" result that would "result in a windfall to students who leave Florida" to attend college, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Florida Supreme Court takes up mass shootings liability case; Parkland parents expected to weigh in

By Karen Kidd | Mar 15, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court has called for initial arguments in a case that could have a far- reaching liability impact on survivors of mass shootings, including those who survived last year's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Appeals court: Hillsborough judge should have excused juror, sends tobacco suit to new trial

By Florida Record | Mar 13, 2019

Florida's Second District Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit brought by the estate of a man who sued tobacco products maker Philip Morris USA, as the appeals panel ruled a Hillsborough County judge improperly refused to allow the plaintiff's lawyers to dismiss for cause a potential juror who said he believed the man's illnesses were caused by his choice to smoke.

Appeals court: Marine Max can't be forced to overpay for workers' comp claims, but can't order different doctor

By Scott Holland | Mar 8, 2019

A Florida appeals court says a possible payment dispute can’t force a workers’ compensation claimant to change doctors.

Fla. court reform group: Engle rulings denying tobacco companies chance to defend against big judgments

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 5, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear appeals from three tobacco companies ordered to pay punitive damages in eight Florida cases decided under so-called Engle rulings, according to a Florida Watchdog report, even though the companies claimed they had not been given the chance to build their defense.

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