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'Jane Doe' Issue Looks Alive for Appeals Court

July 16, 2018 - 3:15pm
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A federal appeals court Monday cleared the way for considering a dispute about whether two teens can remain anonymous in a challenge to a new Florida law that raised the minimum age to buy rifles and other long guns.

Court Blocks Parts of Matching-Gift Case

June 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
First District Court of Appeal

Pointing to the constitutional separation of powers, an appeals court Thursday blocked parts of a case that alleges the state acted improperly when it declined to match hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to Florida universities and colleges.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal was a partial victory for legislative leaders in the case, which stems from two lawsuits filed last year by University of Florida graduates and Florida State University donors.

Justices to Take up 'Stand Your Ground' Split

June 27, 2018 - 6:00am

With lower courts split on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up a question about whether a 2017 change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law should apply to older cases.

Supreme Court Weighs Judge's Facebook Friendship

May 30, 2018 - 3:00pm

The Florida Supreme Court is poised next week to take up a case that poses a question for the age of social media: What does it mean to be a Facebook friend?

Justices will hear arguments about whether a Miami-Dade County circuit judge should be disqualified from a case because she is a Facebook friend with a lawyer for one of the parties. The outcome could have reverberations in courthouses across the state, as justices weigh whether a Facebook friendship poses the potential for bias.

Split Rulings Continue on 'Stand Your Ground' Change

May 23, 2018 - 7:30pm

Amid requests for the Florida Supreme Court to wade into the issue, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday ruled against a defendant in one in a series of cases about how to carry out a controversial 2017 change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

The ruling by a panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal was the third time this month that appellate courts have grappled with the issue of the 2017 change --- with courts coming to different conclusions.

State Challenges Ruling on Life Insurance Law

May 23, 2018 - 12:45pm

The state is challenging a ruling by a Leon County circuit judge that part of a 2016 law imposing new requirements on life insurers is unconstitutional.

State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services filed a notice this week in the 1st District Court of Appeal that they will fight the ruling by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis in a case brought by four life-insurance companies.

Seminole Tribe Continues Challenge to State Utility Taxes

May 23, 2018 - 6:00am
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has gone to a federal appeals court as part of a long-running legal dispute about whether the tribe should be shielded from state utility taxes on electricity used on reservation land.

FPL Parent to Buy Gulf Power in Multibillion-Dollar Deal

May 21, 2018 - 10:30am

In a major move in the state’s utility industry, the parent company of Florida Power & Light said Monday it will buy Northwest Florida’s Gulf Power as part of a $6.475 billion deal.

Supreme Court Decides for Regulators, against Sierra Club on FPL Project

May 18, 2018 - 6:00am

Rejecting arguments by the Sierra Club, the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously backed a 2016 decision by utility regulators to approve a rate agreement for Florida Power & Light.

Marijuana Home-Grow Battle Goes to Supreme Court

May 16, 2018 - 10:30am

Arguing that “emergency relief is clearly warranted and urgently needed,” attorneys for a Tampa businessman are asking the Florida Supreme Court to step into a legal battle and allow the lung-cancer patient to grow medical marijuana for his own use.

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