Florida Supreme Court News

Florida Supreme Court justice 'strongly' urges judges to get off Facebook

By Charmaine Little | Dec 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Facebook friendship between a judge and an attorney isn’t enough to legally disqualify the judge from ruling on the case, the Supreme Court of Florida decided on Nov. 15.

California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Fla. SC rejects Daubert standard in $8M mesothelioma case

By Takesha Thomas | Nov 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court has quashed an appellate court's ruling in a mesothelioma case and recommended that a final judgment issued by a trial court be reinstated.

Supreme Court of Florida rules loaders are 'dangerous instrumentalities' in case over man's severed finger

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 27, the Supreme Court of Florida stated a company’s 8,000-pound piece of equipment really is dangerous, voiding the ruling of a lower court as the ruling infringed on decisions the Court and other district courts have made in the past.

Florida Supreme Court says appeals court erred when it reversed $4.5 million award over smoking-related death

By Charmaine Little | Oct 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Florida rejected the state's 4th District Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse a multimillion-dollar award for a woman whose mother died of lung cancer.

Florida Supreme Court puts proposed amendment prohibiting greyhound racing on November ballot

By Sandra Lane | Sep 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court on Sept. 7 reversed an opinion by the Circuit Court for the 2nd Judicial Circuit that had ruled that the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to be voted on in November was defective and could not appear on the ballot.

In Florida, ruling says restraint of deaf resident was not medical malpractice

By Charmaine Little | May 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The question of whether a deaf academy acted in medical malpractice or negligence was answered in a Supreme Court of Florida’s April 26 opinion.

Florida Supreme Court states 5th District erred in applying 'rare' requirement for fees

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 31, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court has remanded a case filed by an elderly couple against their insurer back to the 5th District to reinstate an award of attorney's fees.

Medical providers win case over Sarasota County special law

By Chandra Lye | Jul 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Florida has reversed a decision of an appeals court regarding hospital reimbursements in Sarasota County.

Fla. Supreme Court rules caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits violate state constitution

By Chandra Lye | Jun 21, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Florida has backed a lower court’s ruling that caps on personal injury non-economic damages in cases of medical malpractice violate the Equal Protection Clause of the state constitution.

Fla. SC keeps Frye standard for expert testimony

By Laura Halleman | Mar 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court declined the opportunity to change the standard for the admissibility of expert testimony, leaving in place a procedure favored by plaintiffs attorneys.

Fla. SC ruling rejects state Legislature’s ability to limit attorney fees in claims bills

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 24, 2017

In Florida, state law limits recovery against the State or its agencies or subdivisions to $100,000 per person or $200,000 per incident in damages, with a 25 percent cap on attorneys’ fees. To get more, lawmakers must pass a claims bill, or a relief act.

Florida's top court addresses Economic Loss Rule

By Christopher Knoll | Jan 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – This past December, the legal landscape for manufacturers in contractual privity with another party was altered.

Florida Bar split over Frye v. Daubert standards; Voice of criminal defense could guide decision

By Legal News Line | Oct 20, 2015

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Lawyers sharply debating whether to preserve the statewide standard for admitting expert testimony focused so tightly on civil cases that they overlooked the criminal field. Their error caught up with them on Oct. 16, when governors of the Florida Bar tabled a committee’s recommendation to preserve the current standard.

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