Tag: summary judgment
Is Rise of The Resistance just a knock off? Disney says no way.

Jim RosicaMay 1, 2018

A Tallahassee judge has ruled that life insurance companies doing business in the state don’t have to track down beneficiaries under a 2016 law (SB 966) championed by former Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, in an order granting summary judgment for the plaintiffs filed April 20, said such a requirement can only […]

Jim RosicaApril 20, 2018

A Tallahassee judge has dismissed one of the plaintiffs in John Morgan‘s legal effort to overturn the state’s ban on smoking medical marijuana. Roberto Pickering of Leon County, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was one of three patients with a chronic illness who want to smoke medicinal cannabis under a state constitutional amendment passed in 2016. In an […]

Jim RosicaSeptember 19, 2017

A Tallahassee judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Attorney General Pam Bondi that accused her of improperly coercing businesses to donate millions of dollars to unregistered charities. Those donations are part of settlements in consumer protection cases her office pursues under the “Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.” Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith, who was investigated on a […]

Jim RosicaOctober 21, 2016

A Leon County circuit judge this week denied the state’s request to dismiss a case in which owners of a Tallahassee office complex — once described as a “biological hot zone” — are suing several agencies for abandoning their leases. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers‘ order, signed Monday, was entered into the court record Thursday. She instead told the parties […]

Jim RosicaJune 9, 2016

At first, it looked like a slam dunk. An appeals court Thursday said the Department of Corrections isn’t liable for breaking a lease Brevard County because the rent money wasn’t in the state budget. That sounded like it could take the legal steam from another ongoing dispute between owners of a Tallahassee office complex and several state agencies […]

Jim RosicaApril 1, 2016

The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is asking a court to award it more money in a case stemming from a Legislature-created loan program to help companies rebound from the recession. The department asked Circuit Judge Charles Dodson of Tallahassee to amend a final judgment against the Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida (BBIF) to add prejudgment interest of $201,792 and boost the […]

Jim RosicaDecember 22, 2015

An appellate court has declined a small business lender’s request to reconsider an opinion against it involving a legislatively created loan program to help companies rebound from the recession. The 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday denied a request from the Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida for the court to rehear the case or certify it as a […]


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