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  • Florida Third DCA rules that Florida’s statutory waiver of sovereign immunity for government agents who act in bad faith or in a wanton manner does not abrogate absolute immunity of public officials who make statements within the scope of their duties
    Florida Third DCA rules that Florida’s statutory waiver of sovereign immunity for government agents who act in bad faith or in a wanton manner does not abrogate absolute immunity of public officials who make statements within the scope of their duties

    On January 2, 2020, in Quintero v. Diaz, No. 3D18-2545, the Florida Third DCA affirmed a trial court ruling that the former mayor of Sweetwater, ...

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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
    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
    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.
    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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