Florida Supreme Court News

DCA Can’t Prohibit Lower Court Ruling, Florida Justices Decide in Insurance Case

Claim Was Settled, But Insurer Attorneys Revealed Mediation Info, Claimants’ Lawyer Says An appeals court cannot be used to prohibit a lower court’s decisions, except through the normal appeal process, the Florida Supreme Court decided Thursday in a case that …

Three Nominees for Florida Supreme Court Appear to Lean the Insurer Way

Some Florida insurers may feel like they didn’t score a home run with the recent property insurance reform measures signed into law in May. But they could soon see a friendly umpire on the state Supreme Court, likely to write …

Fla. Supreme Court: Pre-Suit Notices Need Only Be Mailed, Not Received, Before Deadline

It’s when the letter is mailed, not when it is received, that determines if a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case complied with Florida law on pre-suit notifications, the Florida Supreme Court decided Thursday. “It is the timely mailing of …

Could New Florida Appeals Court Help on Insurance Litigation?

The Florida Supreme Court’s call for an additional appellate court and six – now seven – new judges in the state has met with mixed reviews, with some attorneys welcoming the idea, while others, including a few judges, have said …

No App for That: Florida Court Bans Lawyer-Finding Service, But More to Come

A Florida Supreme Court decision banning an app-based service from connecting ticketed drivers with lawyers may be a win for the law profession, but it is another impediment to average citizens gaining access to the court system, critics said. “This …

Florida Supreme Court Ruling Pulls Marijuana Proposal From 2022 Ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida won’t be on the 2022 ballot after the state Supreme Court ruled last week that the ballot language was misleading. The court, in a 5-2 decision, said proposed ballot …

Florida Top Court Says Insurer Can Pursue Malpractice Claim Against Defense Law Firm

Attorneys who are hired by insurance carriers to defend policyholders from lawsuits have a duty to represent the insured, but the insurer is paying their fees. Obviously, the insurer has a financial interest in the outcome of the litigation. The …

Florida High Court Adopts Federal Summary Judgment Standard with Amendment

The Florida Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion last month further amending the federal summary judgment standard it officially adopted last year. The move came as part of the court’s Dec. 31, 2020 opinion In Re: Amendments to Florida …

Florida Supreme Court Deals Blow to Marijuana Ballot Initiative

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a potentially fatal blow to supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana under certain circumstances. The justices ruled that the initiative’s ballot summary is “misleading” in part because it …

Parkland Parents Lose Bid to Hold District Liable for Not Warning of Student Danger

A Florida judge has ruled that a local school district had no responsibility to warn students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of the danger posed by a former student who would later be accused of a mass …