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    • Florida Fifth DCA rules that defendant in assisted living facility negligence case waived its right to arbitration by attempting to engage in merits discovery after arbitration request

      On May 24, 2019, in SHP IV Harbour Island, LLC v. Boylan , No. 5D18-423, an assisted living facility negligence case, the Florida Fifth affirmed a trial court’s ruling denying the defendant’s motion ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA vacates medical negligence arbitration award that included damages for loss of companionship and guidance as economic damages not subject to cap on non-economic damages

      On April 4, 2018, in Plantation General Hospital Limited Partnership v. Division of Administrative Hearings , et al, No. 4D16-2652, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed an arbitration award of economic ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA affirms trial court's denial of motion to vacate arbitration award; no actual arbitrator bias shown where arbitrator had no knowledge of conflict of interest

      On October 4, 2017, in Managed Care Insurance Consultants v. United Healthcare Insurance Company , No. 4D16-2767, the Florida Fourth DCA issued a substituted and clarified opinion affirming a trial ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that monetary caps on sovereign immunity waiver applied aggregately to all victims in shooting spree by estranged father previously under DCF investigation, certifies issue to Florida Supreme Court

      On October 10, 2018, in State of Florida v. Barnett , No. 4D17-2840, the Florida Fourth DCA decided as a matter of first impression an issue involving the interpretation of section 768.28, Florida ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA reverses trial court's dismissal of plaintiffs' bad faith lawsuit against home insurer, finds that insurer's payment of policy limits established liability and damages

      On March 29, 2018, in Demase v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company , No. 5D16-2390, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s dismissal of plaintiff homeowners’ first-party bad faith case ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA quashes trial court order compelling UIM insurer in bad faith case to produce discovery subject to claimed work product and attorney-client privileges

      On January 12, 2018, in State Farm v. Knapp , Case No. 5D17-447, the Florida Fifth DCA quashed a trial court order compelling a defendant UIM insurer in a bad faith case to produce discovery subject ...

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    • 6 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season

      Hurricane season is upon us and it is important to be prepared in order to protect yourself and your family from these potentially destructive and dangerous storms. Here are some crucial tips that ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit affirms plaintiff verdict in Engle progeny tobacco case, finds no due process violation in applying general Engle findings to specific intentional tortious conduct alleged by plaintiff

      On September 5, 2018, in Searcy v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company , No. 13-15258, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a verdict for the plaintiff in an Engle progeny tobacco case. In Engle ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA reverses trial court, finds that summary judgment for the defendants in a motor vehicle negligence case was improper where eyewitness testimony conflicted with video evidence

      On July 12, 2019, in Lopez v. Wilsonart , No. 5D18-2907, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s summary judgment for the defendants in a motor vehicle negligence case after concluding that ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA reverses trial court, finds that summary judgment for defendant in civil case alleging violation of Florida Wiretap Statute was improper when relevant discovery had not yet been produced by defense

      On July 12, 2019, in Skydive Space Center v. Pohjolainen , No. 5D18-537, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a civil suit alleging the ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that plaintiff’s counsel engaged in impermissible “trial by ambush” tactics in motor vehicle negligence case by waiting until trial to have plaintiff’s treating physician review MRI from previous accident

      On July 10, 2019, in Gurin Gold, LLC v. Dixon , No. 4D18-2156, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a verdict for the plaintiff in a motor vehicle negligence and remanded for a new trial based on what the ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules that defendant police officer is entitled to qualified immunity in civil rights lawsuit alleging he used excessive force in accidental shooting of 10-year-old child

      On July 10, 2019, in Corbitt v. Vickers , No. 17-15566, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court ruling denying a defendant police officer qualified immunity in a civil rights ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit finds police officers were entitled to qualified immunity in civil rights lawsuit brought by plaintiff claiming excessive force was used in his arrest for murder

      On June 14, 2019, in Hinson v. Bias , et al. No. 16-14112, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s order denying the defendant police officers’ motion for summary judgment on ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms denial of defendant correctional officer’s motion to dismiss on grounds of qualified immunity in excessive force civil rights lawsuit

      On May 9, 2019, in Piazza v. Hunter, et al ., No. 18-10487, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s denial of the defendant correctional officer’s motion to dismiss on ...

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    • Florida Second DCA reverses trial court's approval of class action settlement in shareholder disclosure lawsuit for failure to assess value of settlement's supplemental disclosures

      On July 13, 2018, in Griffith v. Quality Distribution et al , No. 2D17-3160, the Florida Second DCA reversed a trial court’s approval of a class action settlement. The case originated with a complaint ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that contingency fee agreement was invalid where there was insufficient evidence that client ratified the agreement after recovering from coma

      On April 4, 2018, in O’Malley v. Freeman , No. 4D17-1500, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a trial court award of attorney’s fees and costs to a law firm that had represented the plaintiff in a motor ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that attorney was entitled to evidentiary hearing before trial court could compel his testimony under crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege

      On May 24, 2017, in Douberley v. Perlmutter , No. 4D16-2597, the Florida Fourth DCA granted an attorney’s petition for a writ of certiorari to review an order compelling him to answer questions ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that 2011 law made 2006 legislative elimination of joint and several and several liability generally retroactive

      On November 28, 2018, in Brown & Brown v. Gelsomino et al, No. 4D17-3737, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a trial court’s ruling applying joint and several liability to defendants found liable in 2014 ...

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    • Florida Second DCA rules that Florida statutory requirement of presuit notice to prospective defendant in libel and slander cases only applies to news media, not movie and book companies

      On July 10, 2019, in Mazur v. Baraya , No. 2D18-4268, the Florida Second DCA denied a certiorari petition by the defendants in a libel case to overturn a trial court’s ruling denying the defendants’ ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that attorney copying client on “cease and desist letter” to third party did not constitute publication under Florida defamation law

      On June 12, 2019 in Hoch v. Loren , No. 4D18-1407, the Florida Fourth DCA affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a plaintiff’s defamation case against the law firm representing the board of directors ...

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    • Florida Third DCA reverses trial court order dismissing plaintiff’s complaint against broadcast news company for defamation/libel; finds that plaintiff’s pre-suit notice was sufficient under Fla. Stat. Section 770.01.

      On February 20, 2019, in Cousins v. Post-Newsweek Stations Florida, Inc ., et al, No. 3D17-2805, the Florida Third DCA reversed a trial court order dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint against a ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA that discovery protections afforded defense expert in negligence case extended to non-party corporate entity with which the expert was affiliated

      On June 12, 2019, in Orthopedic Center of South Florida v. Sode , No. 4D18-3478, the Florida Fourth DCA quashed a trial court order compelling the production of documents by a non-party orthopedic ...

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    • Florida Supreme Court adopts Daubert standard for admission of admission of expert testimony

      On May 23, 2019, in In Re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code , No. SC19-107, the Florida Supreme Court adopted the amendments to sections 90.702 and 90.704 of the Florida Evidence passed by the ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA reverses trial court's ruling granting new trial to medical negligence plaintiff on basis that that defense verdict was against manifest weight of the evidence

      On March 29, 2016, in Hashmi-Alikhan, M.D. et al v. Staples, et al ., No. 5D16-3735, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s ruling which had granted a new trial to a medical negligence ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit rules in False Claims Act qui tam case that 3-year statute of limitations under 31 U.S.C. Section 3731(b)(2) applies regardless of whether government intervenes

      On April 11, 2018, in United States v. Cochise Consultancy , No. 5:13-cv-02168, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal ruled on an issue of firstimpression – whether a qui tam plaintiff is entitled to ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA rules that where homeowner’s insurance company did not “wholly deny” insured’s loss claim, issue had to be resolved by appraisal pursuant to the insurance contract rather than by court determination

      On July 12, 2019, in First Protective Insurance Co. v. Colucciello , No. 5D19-31, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s order denying an insurance company’s motion to compel an appraisal ...

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    • Florida First DCA rules that insurance coverage under liability policy identifying a named insured as doing business under a fictitious name was limited to business done under that fictitious name

      On May 28, 2019, in Musselwhite v. Florida Farm General Insurance Company , et al., No. 1D18-780, the Florida First DCA affirmed a trial court ruling that a commercial liability policy purchased by ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA clarifies due process requirements for notification to Medicaid recipient of State Medicaid Fair Hearing on denial of Medicaid services

      On March 27, 2019, in A.W v. Humana Medicaid Plan , No. 4D18-866, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a final order of the Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA”) that dismissed the plaintiff’s ...

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    • Florida Second DCA reverses judgment awarding damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, finding insufficient evidence of emotional distress

      On June 27, 2018, in Kim v. Chang , No. 2D16-4063, the Florida Second DCA reversed a judgment for the appellee (the counterclaiming defendant in the trial court) on a count alleging intentional ...

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    • Florida First DCA rules that corporate shield doctrine bars personal jurisdiction over nonresident corporate officer named as defendant with corporate employer in wrongful death case

      On December 28, 2018, in LaFreniere v. Craig-Myers, No. 1D18-1918, the Florida First DCA reversed a trial court’s denial of a defendant’s motion to dismiss in a wrongful death case for lack of ...

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    • Florida Third DCA rules that foreign persons were not subject to service of process individually when compelled to attend U.S. deposition on behalf of defendant corporations

      On January 3, 2018, in Queiroz v. Bentley Bay Retail , No. 3D17-1604, the Florida Third DCA reversed a trial court’s order denying Brazilian defendants’ motion to quash the service of process made ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit rules that district court lacked jurisdiction under Alien Tort Statute over lawsuit against Chilean army officer for torture occurring in Chile

      On January 3, 2018, in Jara v. Nunez , No. 16-15179, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a plaintiff’s claims which asserted U.S. district court jurisdiction ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that monetary caps on sovereign immunity waiver applied aggregately to all victims in shooting spree by estranged father previously under DCF investigation, certifies issue to Florida Supreme Court

      On October 10, 2018, in State of Florida v. Barnett , No. 4D17-2840, the Florida Fourth DCA decided as a matter of first impression an issue involving the interpretation of section 768.28, Florida ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that trial court's denial of defendant's summary judgment motion on fraud claims was not the "functional equivalent" of a determination that there was a reasonable evidentiary basis for punitive damages

      On January 2, 2019, in KIS Group et al v. Moquin , No. 4D18-1435, the Florida Fourth DCA quashed a trial court’s order granting a plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint to assert a claim for ...

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    • Florida Supreme Court resolves DCA split, rules that proposals for settlement need not comply with email service requirements of Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.516

      On January 4, 2019, in Wheaton v. Wheaton , No. SC17-716, the Florida Supreme Court resolved a split between the Florida Third DCA and several other Florida DCAs, concluding that proposals for ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules assignee of reimbursement claim of Medicare Advantage Organization was barred from suing medical service providers because private Medicare Secondary Payor Act plaintiff can only sue primary plans for reimbursement

      On March 18, 2019, in MSPA Claims 1, LLC, v. Tenet Florida, Inc. , No. 18-11816, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling barring a claim to enforce a Medicare Advantage ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA rules that trial court erred by failing to apply collateral source setoff for Social Security disability payments to personal injury jury verdict

      On February 2, 2018, in Oswald Woudhuizen and Power Design v. Smith , Case No. 5D17-575, the Florida Fifth DCA ruled that trial court erred by failing to apply a collateral source setoff for Social ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit votes against rehearing en banc regarding its previous 2016 ruling upholding Medicare Advantage Organization's statutory right to double damages against tortfeasor's liability insurer

      On January 25, 2018, in Humana Medical Plan v. Western Heritage Insurance , No. 15-11436, a majority of the active service judges on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals voted against rehearing en ...

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    • Florida First DCA rules that medical negligence allegation cannot form the basis of a claim of abuse claim under Florida’s Adult Protective Services Act and health care provider tortfeasor was not entitled to allocate fault with independent, subsequent tor

      On July 15, 2019, in Specialty Hospital-Gainesville, Inc. v. Barth, No. 1D18-511, the Florida First DCA reversed a judgment in favor of the plaintiff in case which was brought under both Florida’s ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA reverses multi-million dollar judgment for plaintiff in medical negligence lawsuit on the basis of improper informed consent jury instruction

      On June 12, 2019, in Sherrer v. Hollingsworth , No. 4D18-830, a medical negligence case, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a multi-million dollar plaintiff’s verdict and ordered a new trial after ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that defendant dentists were entitled to dismissal of patient’s lawsuit based on plaintiff’s failure to conduct statutorily required medical negligence pre-suit investigation

      On March 27, 2019, in Seider v. Leibner , No. 4D18-3363, the Florida Fourth DCA granted the defendant dentists’ petition to quash a trial court order denying their motion to dismiss the lawsuit ...

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    • Florida First DCA affirms directed verdict for plaintiff on issue of permanency in motor vehicle negligence case; finds that jury is not free to ignore undisputed expert evidence as to permanency

      On July 15, 2019, in Chappell v. Clark , No. 1S17-1806, the Florida First DCA affirmed a trial court ruling in a motor vehicle negligence case which granted the plaintiff’s motion for a directed ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that insufficient evidence of aggravation of preexisting condition was presented at motor vehicle negligence trial to allow for jury instruction on issue

      On June 6, 2018, in Sanchez v. Martin , No. 4D17-1731, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a judgment in favor of the plaintiff in a motor vehicle negligence case, concluding that the trial court erred in ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA affirms trial court's enforcement of settlement agreement between parties, concludes that disputed language of release did not prevent meeting of the minds

      On February 28, 2018, in Tovar v. Russell , No. 4D17-1055, the Florida Fourth DCA affirmed a trial court order enforcing a settlement agreement between the parties in a motor vehicle negligence case ...

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    • Florida Second DCA finds that county school board was not exempt from PIP insurer’s reimbursement demand for benefits paid to injured school bus passengers

      On May 24, 2019, in Lee County School Board v. State Farm , No. 2D17-4595, the Florida Second DCA affirmed a trial court order finding the Lee County School Board and its insurer liable to State Farm ...

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    • 6 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season

      Hurricane season is upon us and it is important to be prepared in order to protect yourself and your family from these potentially destructive and dangerous storms. Here are some crucial tips that ...

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    • Florida Supreme Court resolves DCA conflict, rules that PIP insurer must apply PIP deductible before reduction based on statutory schedule of maximum charges

      On December 28, 2018, in Progressive Select Insurance Company v. Florida Hospital Medical Center , No. SC18-278, the Florida Supreme Court resolved a conflict between the Fourth and Fifth DCAs, ...

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    • Florida Third DCA rules that whether City of Coral Gables’ created a dangerous condition in placement of palm trees in street median was an issue of material fact for the jury

      On July 10, 2019, in Bejarano v. City of Coral Gables , No, 3D17-2636, the Florida Third DCA reversed a summary judgment entered by the trial court for the defense in a premises liability case ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA reverses trial court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s slip and fall complaint; plaintiff’s knowledge of dangerous condition raised comparative negligence issue rather than bar to claim for failure to maintain the premises in a reasonable safe

      On June 12, 2019, in Leon v. Pena, et al , No. 4D18-2071, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s slip and fall negligence lawsuit against her landlords for ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA reverses trial court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s pro se premises liability negligence complaint against county library, finds that plaintiff sufficiently stated claim against library

      On May 31, 2019, in Maldonado v. Orange County Public Library System , No. 5D18-2800, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint against the defendant county ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that absolute immunity for communications during judicial proceedings does not provide immunity to a psychotherapist for revealing communications regarding a patient contrary to section Fla. Stat. § 490.0147

      On April 24, 2019, in Estape v. Seidman , No. 4D17-3336, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a summary judgment entered for a defendant psychotherapist in a case in which the plaintiff alleged that the ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit rules trial court's erroneous jury instruction on statute of limitations in Engle progeny tobacco case harmless because plaintiff first diagnosed with COPD within limitations period

      On March 7, 2018, in Burkhart v, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company , No. 14-14708, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury trial award for the plaintiff in an Engle progeny tobacco case. The ...

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    • Florida Third DCA denies new trial to tobacco company on defective product claim, finding no reversible error in failure to charge jury on "consumer expectations" test not relied upon by plaintiff

      On June 28, 2017, in R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Larkin , No. 3D16-910, the Florida Third DCA reversed a decision by the trial court granting a new trial to the defendant tobacco company on a ...

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    • Florida Third DCA affirms trial court's denial of defendant's motion to dismiss product liability claim on forum non conveniens grounds

      On April 26, 2017, in Taurus International Manufacturing v. Friend , No. 3D16-1960, the Florida Third DCA affirmed the trial court's denial of the defendant's motion to dismiss a product liability ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA reverses trial court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ professional negligence complaint against mortgage foreclosure defense attorney; concludes that complaint was ripe for litigation even though the full extent of plaintiffs’ losses had not ye

      On February 22, 2019, in Rodriguez v. Otero , No. 5D17-3043, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’ professional negligence complaint against their mortgage ...

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    • Florida Third DCA affirms dismissal of legal malpractice case because plaintiff was not in privity with or an intended beneficiary of defendant's legal services

      On September 26, 2018, in Driessen v. University of Miami School of Law Children and Youth Law Clinic , No. 3D18-999, the Florida Third DCA affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a legal malpractice ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules that trial court erred in entering summary judgment for law firm defendant in professional negligence lawsuit involving mortgages with erroneous property descriptions

      On July 5, 2018, in JBJ Investment of South Florida v. Southern Title Group, et al ., No. 4D16-1925, the Florida Fourth DCA ruled that a trial erred in entering a summary judgment for a law firm ...

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    • Florida Third DCA rules that defendant’s nominal proposal for settlement was not made in bad faith because defense had well-founded and correct belief that sovereign immunity barred lawsuit

      On June 19, 2019, in Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida v. Lewis Tein , P.L ., et al. , No, 3D18-1132, the Florida Third DCA reversed a trial court’s ruling that the prevailing defendant was not ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA rules that cost of non-testifying expert is not a taxable cost that can be counted in determining whether 125% proposal for settlement threshold has been passed to qualify for award of attorney’s fees and costs under Fla. Stat. § 768.79

      On June 14, 2019, in R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Lewis , No. 5D17-773, the Florida Fifth DCA reversed a trial court’s award of attorney’s fees and costs to a prevailing plaintiff in an Engle ...

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    • Florida Second DCA rules that Florida’s proposal for settlement statute, Section 768.79, was inapplicable to negligence case governed by federal maritime law

      On April 17, 2019, in Marco Marine Construction, Inc. v. Kopras , No. 2D17-1734, the Florida Second DCA reversed a trial court’s ruling granting the prevailing plaintiff attorney’s fees under Section ...

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    • Florida Second DCA finds that county school board was not exempt from PIP insurer’s reimbursement demand for benefits paid to injured school bus passengers

      On May 24, 2019, in Lee County School Board v. State Farm , No. 2D17-4595, the Florida Second DCA affirmed a trial court order finding the Lee County School Board and its insurer liable to State Farm ...

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    • Florida Second DCA reviews procedural rules for punitive damages claim in nursing home negligence case, finds trial court did not make necessary finding regarding evidence of nursing home’s direct or vicarious liability for actions of employees

      On June 12, 2019, in Carpenters Homes Estate, Inc, v. Sanders, No. 2D18-2608, the Florida Second DCA granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by the defendant nursing home in a nursing home ...

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    • Florida First DCA affirms denial of plaintiff’s motion to add punitive damages claim against defendant corporation; emergency room supervisor was not a “manager” under F.S. § 768.72(3) whose conduct could expose the defendant corporation to liability for p

      On May 16, 2019, in Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare v. Dukes , No. 1D18-2426, the Florida First DCA affirmed the trial court’s denial of a plaintiff’s motion to add punitive damages claim against the ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA denies corporate defendant’s certiorari petition objecting to trial court order allowing prosecution of punitive damages claim; inclusion of claim was permissible because it was based on alleged direct, rather than vicarious, liability o

      On April 24, 2019, in The Event Depot Corp. v. Frank , No. 4D18-2306, the Florida Fourth DCA denied a corporate defendant’s certiorari petition objecting to a trial court order allowing a punitive ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit vacates trial court's dismissal of qui tam relator's claim against defense contractor; remands for review of complaint's sufficiency under implied certification theory

      On January 26, 2018, in Marsteller v. Tilton, et al, No. 16-11997, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal vacated the district court’s dismissal of a qui tam relator’s complaint against a defense ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit affirms summary judgment for qui tam defendant, finding insufficient evidence that defendant knew it failed to comply with ambiguous Medicare regulations

      On May 26, 2017, in United States v. Lincare Holdings , LLC , No. 16-10532, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment for a qui tam defendant in a case ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms trial court's approval of government's settlement agreement with False Claims Act qui tam defendant over relators' objection

      On May 3, 2017, in Christiansen v. Everglades College, Inc. , No. 16-11839, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision to award substantially lower damages, attorney’s ...

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    • Florida Third DCA affirms trial court's denial of prevailing defendant's motion for attorney's fees

      On November 21, 2018, in Starboard Cruise Services, Inc. v. DePrince, No. 3D16-2009, the Florida Third DCA affirmed a trial court’s denial of the prevailing defendant’s motion for attorney’s fees. The ...

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    • Florida Third DCA withdraws previous opinion, holds that joint proposal for settlement was fatally ambiguous

      On October 3, 2018, in Atlantic Civil, Inc. v. Swift, No. 3D15-1594, the Florida Third DCA withdraw it prior opinion, which had held that a proposal for settlement was valid and enforceable, and ...

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    • Florida Supreme Court rules that plaintiff's proposals for settlement to defendants were valid

      On October 4, 2018, in Allen v. Nunez , No. SC14-1164, the Florida Supreme Court resolved a conflict among Florida DCAs, concluding that the Fifth DCA erred in its determination that a plaintiff’s ...

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    • Florida First DCA rules that liability of law enforcement agency for injuries caused by motor vehicle pursuit requires proof of officer’s recklessness exceeding gross negligence

      On June 12, 2019, in Ross v. City of Jacksonville , No. 1D18-2994, the Florida First DCA considered as a matter of first impression the application of the current version of Section 768.28(9)(d), ...

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    • Florida Third DCA rules that sovereign immunity shielded county from liability for discretionary decisions made concerning allocation of resources to provide security for park partygoers

      On April 25, 2018, in Sanchez v. Miami-Dade County , No. 3D16-959, the Florida Third DCA ruled that the defendant county had sovereign immunity under Fla. Stat. section 768.28(9) which barred the ...

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    • Florida First DCA dismisses interlocutory appeal of trial court order denying defendant's summary judgment motion based on sovereign immunity

      On February 23, 2018, in Florida Highway Patrol v. Jackson , No, 1D16-3940, dismissed the interlocutory appeal of a trial court order denying the defendant FHP’s summary judgment motion based on ...

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    • Florida First DCA rules that relation back doctrine applied to amended complaint in wrongful death case involving state prison inmate, permitting filing after expiration of statute of limitations

      On May 21, 2019, in Halveland v. Florida Department of Corrections , No. 1D18-1822, the Florida First DCA reversed a trial court ruling which had denied a plaintiff’s motion to amend her complaint ...

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    • Florida Third DCA affirms trial court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s negligence complaint against surveyor, rejects application of delayed discovery doctrine to statute of limitations bar

      On April 10, 2019, in Broz v. R.E. Reece , No. 3D18-273, the Florida Third DCA affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a homeowner’s negligence complaint against the surveyor who prepared the property ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA rules that four-year negligence statute of limitations in child sex abuse case began running on date of abuse rather than later date of discovery

      On May 18, 2018, in R.R. and S.B. v. New Life Community Church of CMA, Inc., No. 5D16-4149, the Florida Fifth DCA issued a per curiam ruling affirming a trial’s court’s summary judgment in favor of ...

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    • Florida Third DCA rules that trial court committed reversible error by allowing the plaintiff to testify that her physicians had told her that her lung cancer was caused by cigarette smoking

      On March 20, 2019, in Phillip Morris USA v. Gloger , No. 3D18-341, the Florida Third DCA reversed a final judgment for an Engle -progeny tobacco plaintiff and remanded the caser for a new trial due to ...

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    • Eleventh Circuit follows Florida Supreme Court precedent; rules in Engle progeny tobacco case that intentional tort judgment precluded comparative fault reduction on all claims

      On January 25, 2018, in Smith v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co ., No, 13-14316, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s decision not to reduce a compensatory damage award in an ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules in Engle progeny tobacco case that trial court erred in denying plaintiff's motion to amend complaint to seek punitive damages on non-intentional tort claims

      On January 10, 2018, in Phillip Morris USA v. Blackwood , No. 4D16-897, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a trial court’s ruling in an Engle progeny tobacco case denying the plaintiff’s motion to amend ...

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    • Florida Second DCA reverses trial court ruling that plaintiff was covered under her sister’s Uninsured Motorist policy; because rental car was not a “covered auto,” plaintiff was not an “insured person” entitled to coverage under the policy

      On May 15, 2019, in Progressive American Insurance Company v. Pawelczyk , No. 2D18-1651, the Florida Second DCA reversed a trial court’s ruling that the plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action was ...

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    • Florida Second DCA rules that standard State Farm UM policy language permissibly excludes coverage for injuries sustained by household family members in vehicles for which UM coverage has not been purchased.

      On October 5, 2018, in State Farm v. Lyde, No. 2D17-1014, the Florida Second DCA ruled that the standard policy language in State Farm Policy Form 9810A permissibly precluded a family member living in ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA rules GEICO's online form to elect non-stacked UM coverage invalid under Fla. Stat. Section 627.727, precluding possibility of oral waiver by insured

      On April 25, 2018, in Jervis v. Castaneda and Geico General Insurance , No. 4D17-332, the Florida Fourth DCA ruled that Geico’s online form to elect non-stacked coverage was invalid under Fla. Stat. ...

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    • Florida Fifth DCA rules that whether pizza chain was vicariously liable for negligent conduct by a franchisee's employee was a disputed question of agency subject to jury determination

      On May 11, 2018, in Domino’s Pizza v. Wiederhold, et al. , No. 5D16-2794, the Florida Fifth DCA ruled that whether Domino’s Pizza was vicariously liable for negligent conduct by a franchisee’s ...

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    • Florida First DCA affirms dismissal of whistleblower complaint brought by public university student, concluding that only public employees are entitled to the protections of the Florida Whistle-blowers Act

      On May 6, 2019, in Bradford v. Florida A&M University Board of Trustees , the Florida First DCA affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower complaint that had been filed with the Florida Commission of ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA denies certiorari petition of plaintiff whistleblower seeking temporary employment reinstatement under Florida Whistle-blower’s Act.

      On May 1, 2019, in Hatfield v. North Broward Hospital District , No. 4D18-3483, the Florida Fourth DCA denied the petition of a plaintiff for certiorari review of a trial court order denying her ...

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    • Florida Second DCA rules that plaintiff’s lawsuit under Florida Whistle-blower’s Act was subject to dismissal for failure to first pursue administrative remedies

      On April 26, 2019, in The School Board of Hillsborough County v. Woodford , No. 2D18-1463, the Florida Second DCA reversed a trial court’s denial of the defendant school board’s motion to dismiss in a ...

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    • Florida First DCA rules that subcontractor's corporate officer who elected exemption from Workers' Compensation Law was not entitled to bring tort claim general contractor

      On November 15, 2017, in Gladden v. Fisher Thomas Inc., No. 1D16-1752, the Florida First DCA affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment for the defendant in a tort case because the claim was barred by ...

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    • Florida Fourth DCA affirms summary judgment for defendant company on the basis that work injury to "borrowed employee" was subject to Worker's Compensation immunity

      On May 17, 2017, in Morera v. Waste Management Inc. of Florida , No. 4D14-3135, the Florida Fourth DCA affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment in favor of the defendant in a personal injury ...

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    • Fourth DCA rules that law firm that allegedly maintained open bar for employees was not liable under Reverse Dram Shop Act for employee's subsequent accidental death while intoxicated

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