Florida Supreme Court News

Florida Supreme Court Asked to Decide Constitutionality of Workers’ Comp

A legal challenge to the constitutionality of Florida workers’ compensation system that was thrown out by a state appeals court may be headed to the Florida Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in the case have asked the state’s high court to …

Florida High Court Removes Judge Over Misconduct in Progressive Injury Cases

A Broward County judge will be removed from the bench for misconduct committed eight years before she was elected to the post. The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 18 that Judge Laura Watson isn’t fit to serve as a judge …

Florida Supreme Court: UCF Athletic Association Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

A private corporation that runs the University of Central Florida’s athletic program won’t have to pay $10 million to the family of a football player who died during practice, the Florida Supreme Court ruled May 28. The court ruled the …

Florida Court: Proof Needed That Drivers Knew of Hit-and-Run to be Charged

Drivers in Florida can’t be prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident unless there is proof they knew they were in a crash. The Florida Supreme Court unanimously agreed last week with a lower court’s decision to throw out …

Florida Court Upholds Workers’ Compensation ‘Exclusive Remedy’

Florida’s insurers are breathing easier after the state’s high court ruled that the workers’ compensation law bars injured workers from seeking additional benefits in civil court. The Florida Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling in a case (Morales v. …

Florida Supreme Court Fate to Rest With Winner in Governor’s Race

If former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is elected governor as a Democrat in November, all seven state Supreme Court justices might be his appointments. If Republican Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, he could completely reshape the court that has frustrated …

Legislative Battle Underway Over 2019 Florida High Court Picks

The future of the Florida Supreme Court is sparking a legislative battle over whether the state’s next governor — or the governor after that — will have a say in who will be on the court. Senate Republicans are backing …

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Rule on Medical Malpractice Expert Testimony

The Florida Supreme Court refused last Thursday to adopt a state rule reflected in a law that creates restrictions on doctors who can testify during medical malpractice trials, agreeing it would have a chilling effect on the ability to find …

Florida Supreme Court to Review Wrongful Death Award

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the reduction of the monetary award in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a University of Central Florida football player who died following conditioning drills in …

Florida Supreme Court Rules Replacement Cost Includes Contractor’s Profit

Florida’s high court has ruled that insurers under a 2008 law must pay a contractor’s overhead and profit as part of the expense of repairing a homeowner’s property despite the fact the repairs may not have been made. The Florida …