Articles by Curt Anderson

Federal Appeals Court Rules Florida Doctors Can Ask Patients About Guns

A federal appeals court has ruled that Florida doctors can talk to patients about gun safety, declaring a law aimed at restricting such discussions a violation of the First Amendment’s right to free speech. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of …

104 Arrested in South Florida in $60M Identity Theft Ring

Federal authorities have charged 104 people with numerous identity theft and fraud offenses in the latest South Florida crackdown on a rampant problem involving tens of thousands of stolen personal identities. The charges involve fraud ranging from filing false tax …

Residents in Areas Not Hard Hit by Matthew Question Evacuation Orders

Maureen Miller was among the 2 million people ordered to evacuate coastal areas in the Southeast ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Her family and their dog spent two nights in a hotel and struggled through police roadblocks to return. When they …

Florida Battle Over Law Limiting Doctors’ Gun Speech Rages On

As a pediatrician, Dr. Judith Schaechter can ask parents of her patients all sorts of questions regarding their safety and well-being: what the child eats, whether there’s a backyard pool and whether the child gets enough sleep. Yet the question …

South Florida a Haven for All Types of Fraud

Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, …

Florida Federal Judge to Hear Exploding Air Bag Lawsuits

Lawsuits filed around the U.S. seeking damages for allegedly defective auto air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. have been consolidated before a Miami federal judge. A federal panel on multidistrict litigation decided last week to combine the cases for …

Florida Appeals Court Ruling Opens Door for Cruise Line Malpractice Suits

Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise of a lifetime with 18 family members in the summer of 2001 aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer of the Seas.” Then, the accident happened. Vaglio, …

Florida City, Temple Accord Includes Insurance Proceeds

A settlement has been reached between a South Florida city and a Jewish temple in a long-running legal dispute that pitted religious freedom and property rights against preservation of a historic structure. Temple B’nai Zion attorney Keith D. Silverstein said …

Florida Judge Sentences Mastermind of $800M Fraud Scheme to 20 Years

The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida’s all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave Joel Steinger, …

Owner of Florida Floating Home Still Fighting City Over Compensation

A Florida man won a precedent-setting victory last year when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel covered by maritime law. But so far the ruling hasn’t helped him secure …