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Jury Clears Ford in Explorer Rollover Crash

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Ford Motor Co. and a parts supplier prevailed in a product liability case in West Palm Beach federal court against a woman suing on behalf of her incapacitated daughter.

Miami Grower Challenges Marijuana Rule

By News Service of Florida |

Costa Farms in Miami doesn't like the state's proposed lottery system and says it gives out-of-state businesses an advantage over Florida growers.

Coral Gables Attorneys Ask Supreme Court to Help Victims of Mexican Massacre

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a war-crimes case brought on behalf of 10 people from the state of Chiapas suing former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo.

4th DCA Rules For Homeowners In Hurricane Coverage Dispute

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal rules for homeowners on when bad faith claims are ready but cautioned the new interpretation may be ready for review by the Legislature.

Joseph R. Gosz

Broward Judge Orders New Foreclosure Auction After Rejecting $5,200 Sale

By Samantha Joseph |

Homeowners facing foreclosure use claims of a botched auction to block a sale by their lender. 'The same objection could potentially be made in hundreds or perhaps thousands of foreclosures,' attorney Joseph R. Gosz said.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Is Redistricting Case Headed to State's High Court?

By News Service of Florida |

A coalition of voting-rights organizations and individual voters wants the Florida Supreme Court take up the legal battle over the state's congressional districts.

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Fans Who Create Facebook Pages For TV Shows Don't Own Those Pages

By Julie Kay |

U.S. District Judge James Cohn made social media history by ruling that a woman who created a fan Facebook and Twitter page for a popular television show did not have propietary interest in the pages.

4th DCA

Court: Tribe's Company Must Submit To Arbitration On Car Exports

By Adolfo Pesquera |

An appellate tribunal in West Palm Beach rules an Arizona auto dealer may enforce an arbitration agreement to handle a dispute with a Seminole Tribe-affiliated company over car exports.

Michael Pizzi

Not A Good Track Record, Pizzi Case Latest Instance Where Prosecutors Failed

By John Pacenti |

The acquittal of suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi shows it's not easy being a prosecutor when bringing a corruption case against a public official.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, right, speaks at press conference with DEA Special Agent in Charge, Mark R. Trouville.

Feds Say Anthony Bosch Gave Performance Drugs to Kids As Young As 12

By John Pacenti |

Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch charged with giving performancing enhancing drugs to MLB players and minors.

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Florida Supreme Court Punishes Rothstein Partners Rosenfeldt, Adler

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Nine South Florida attorneys, including both of Scott Rothstein's former partners, have been punished in Florida Bar disciplinary proceedings.

Tony Cho, CEO, Metro 1.

They Were Friends Working To Transform Wynwood, Now They Face Each Other In Litigation

By Eleazar David Melendez |

A landlord and broker working together to transform Miami's Wynwood neighborhood are locked in a legal fight.

A scene from Electronic Arts’ video game NCAA Football14. The NCAA is suing EA and Atlanta-based Collegiate Licensing Co. in Fulton Superior Court.

NCAA Settles Head-Injury Suit, Will Change Rules

The NCAA agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

Lawsuit: Florida Heat Spells Trouble For Lexus Dashboards

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against two Lexus dealerships and Toyota for defective dashboards.

It's Getting Ugly Now In One Bal Harbour. Partner Wants $17.5 Million For Fraud

By John Pacenti |

A former co-owner has sued his business partner over a loan for the purchase of One Bal Harbour Hotel & Spa.

Google Struggles With Demand To Hide Old Results

By Aoife White and Angeline Benoit |

The European Union court said citizens have a right to be forgotten when Internet searches throw up results that are "inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive."

Akerman partners Brian T. West and Joseph L. Rebak

Partners Turn On Each Other, $109M Deal Unravels

By Samantha Joseph |

Five partners turn on each other in a dispute over a $109 million mortgage to develop a waterfront resort in Naples.

Howard Finkelstein

Defendant No Longer, Howard Finkelstein Says He Was Threatened By Psychologist

By John Pacenti |

Removing him individually as a defendant is one thing Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said he was pleased with after a federal appeals court ruling that resurrected an employment retaliation lawsuit filed by a forensic psychologist.

Katherine Murphy

3rd DCA Appears Reluctant To Reinstate $155M Verdict In Fired Charter School Principal Case

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Third District Court of Appeal hears arguments on whether a fired Aventura charter school principal is entitled to a $155 million defamation award.

Shutts & Bowen, Two Attorneys Cleared By Jury In Malpractice Case

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Shutts & Bowen attorneys Bowman Brown and Ricardo J. Souto and the firm were cleared after being accused of leaving millionaire Rodger Shay financially vulnerable in a real estate deal in the Dominican Republic in 2005.

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Bar Discipline: Seven South Florida Lawyers Disciplined By Bar

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Miami attorneys Carl A. Borgan and Evenette Mondesir have been disbarred, and five other South Florida lawyers have been suspended.

Developer Roger D. Shay on witness stand during a malpractice trial against Shutts & Bowen attorneys Bowman Brown and Ricardo J. Souto.

Multimillionaire Rodger Shay Goes Up Against Shutts & Bowen Attorneys In Malpractice Case

By John Pacenti |

Shutts & Bowen attorneys are the defendants in a malpractice trial tied to a failed Dominican real estate deals pursued by a former Merrill Lynch executive.

Leroy E. Felt

Eagles Lodge Hit With $11M Verdict For Patron Who Caused Crash

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A jury returned an $11.1 million verdict against an Eagles Lodge saying it served too much alcohol to a patron who drove off and collided with a motorcyclist.

Third District Court of Appeal

3rd DCA Upholds Dismissal Of Cruise Ship Workers' Suit

By John Pacenti |

A state appellate court says Florida labor laws do not extend to foreign cruise ship workers.

Jeremy W. Alters

Jeremy Alters To Florida Bar Referee: Dismiss My Case

By Julie Kay |

The high-profile Miami plaintiffs attorney says the Bar committed prosecutorial misconduct, violated confidentiality rules and concealed evidence in the case against him.

Marcia Cooke

Was Suit Against Lawyers Frivolous, Or Did Miccosukees Have Real Evidence? Judge Cooke Demands Answers

By John Pacenti |

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said she will hold an evidentiary hearing on whether the Miccosukee tribe had any real evidence against its former lawyers when it sued them two years ago.

Howard Finkelstein

Chronically Underpaid, Court Appointed Defense Attorneys Get A Raise

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein acknowledged that court-appointed criminal defense attorneys have been chronically underpaid. Abolishing a statute limiting fees might be a first step to solve this issue.

Radio Dogs Don't ❤ iHeartRadio, Sue Over Awards Program

By John Pacenti |

Fort Lauderdale-based Radio Dogs Inc. claims it came up with the idea for the iHeartRadio Music Awards back in 1991.

Church of Scientology wins $1.1M in Sanctions Against Attorney

By John Pacenti |

A lawyer who wouldn't quit on litigation against the Church of Scientology faces $1.1 million in sanctions.

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Nine South Florida Lawyers Face Discipline

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Three South Florida attorneys were disbarred and another six attorneys received a suspension or public reprimand from the Florida Supreme Court.

Judge Paul Backman

After Judge's Snide Comment, 4th DCA Gives Attempted Murder Suspect New Trial

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A Fourth District Court of Appeal panel says biased comments by Broward Circuit Judge Paul Backman justify a new trial for a man accused of torching his wife.

Melanie May

No Insurance Claim Allowed For Dead Neighbor's Body Fluids

By John Pacenti |

4th DCA Judge Melanie G. May painted an unpleasant but unrecoverable scenario for the woman whose walls were contaminated with her dead neighbor's body fluids.

$3.15 Million Award Vacated in Dispute over Painting

By John Pacenti |

A state appellate court has ordered a hearing to determine if documents used in a lawsuit involving a painting by Italian artist Modigliani were fraudulent.

Sexually Abused Boy Wins $5.7 Million Jury Verdict

By John Pacenti |

A Miami-Dade jury has awarded $5.7 million to a child who was sexually abused on a bus and at Downtown Miami Charter School.

Justice Watch: General Motors Dilemma May Leave Scar on Bankruptcy Law

By John Pacenti |

The GM bankruptcy has thrown a curve ball in the mushrooming litigation over recalled vehicles.

Attorney Fees Denial May Head To Florida Supreme Court

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Florida Times-Union has asked the state Supreme Court to review a First District decision denying its legal fees in a case it won.

Florida Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court Ponders This: Is Judgment Enforceable After Worker's Comp Settlement

By Adolfo Pesquera |

In the Florida Supreme Court, the insurance industry opposes a family's claim to collect a wrongful death judgment in a case where it already got a worker's compensation settlement.

Court: 'Romanian Mumble' Means Contempt for Miami Lawyer

The 3rd DCA has ruled that Alexander Michaels' "Romanian mumble" of profanity during a hearing equals contempt of court.

Peter Prieto

GM Recall Leads To Podhurst Orseck Suit For Miami Resident

By John Pacenti |

The Miami law firm Podhurst Orseck files the first class action in Florida against General Motors over its mass ignition switch recall.

Robert N. Scola

Judge Scola Gives Attorney 10 Years In Mutual Benefits Case

By John Pacenti |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Anthony Livoti, who turned down a deal of three years, said the 10-year sentence is basically a death sentence for the 65-year-old.

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14 South Floridian's Disciplined

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Florida Supreme Court has disciplined 14 South Florida lawyers, including five who lost their law licenses.

Paul W. Green

NextEra Subsidiary, FPL Sister, Gets Texas-Sized Break

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A subsidiary of Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy reduced damages on appeal in a dispute with a Texas wholesaler of renewable power.

Miami Class Action Accuses JPMorgan Chase Of Robosigning

By Julie Kay |

In a lawsuit that mirrors class actions filed on behalf of homeowners in foreclosures cases, a class action has been filed in Miami federal court against JPMorgan Chase alleging Chase Bank used robo-signed affidavits to obtain default judgments against credit cardholders.

Three South Florida Attorneys Disbarred

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Two of the three disbarred attorneys were permanently disbarred, while seven other South Florida lawyers were also disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court Disciplines 11 Lawyers

By Adolfo Pesquera |

One lawyer, Marlene Garcia of Coral Gables, was suspended immediately after pleading no contest to felony cocaine possession.