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Facebook Friendship Doesn't Disqualify Judge

August 23, 2017 - 3:30pm

Grappling with the meaning of online friendship, a state appeals court Wednesday rejected a request to disqualify a Miami-Dade County circuit judge from a case in which a lawyer is one of the judge's Facebook friends.

The 10-page decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal is at least the third time Florida appellate courts have faced similar questions, including a 2012 ruling in which another appeals court ruled that a judge should be disqualified because of being a Facebook friend with a prosecutor.

Negron Gives Senate Committees a Makeover

August 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

With legislative committees poised to start meeting again in less than a month, Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday revamped the leadership of several key Senate panels.

Insurers, Trial Lawyers Spar in 'Bad Faith Case

August 7, 2017 - 8:00pm

The insurance industry and plaintiffs' attorneys are trying to help sway the Florida Supreme Court in a potentially high-stakes case stemming from a fatal auto accident in 2006 in Palm Beach County.

Insurance-industry groups and the Florida Justice Association, which represents plaintiffs' attorneys, have filed dueling briefs in recent weeks in the case centered on whether Geico General Insurance Co. acted in “bad faith” in handling a claim from the 2006 accident.

Floridians Continue Pulling the Plug on Landlines

August 2, 2017 - 5:45pm

Landlines are quickly going the way of rotary-dial phones in Florida.

A state report released this week showed that large numbers of Floridians continue unplugging the types of phone lines that were a fixture of life for decades. Instead, they are reaching into their pockets for mobile phones or using internet technology to chat with friends and family.

Appeals Court Eyes Nuclear Cost Law

July 31, 2017 - 6:15pm

A federal appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a class-action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida collecting money from customers for nuclear-power projects.

FPL Project Could Take First Step

July 5, 2017 - 12:15pm

State regulators next week could give an initial boost to a Florida Power & Light proposal to build an estimated $888 million power plant in Broward County --- part of a series of FPL projects to add new natural gas-plants.

Scott's Lawyers Say No Way on Challenge to His Citrus Money Veto

June 26, 2017 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott argued Monday the Florida Supreme Court should reject a lawsuit challenging the governor's veto of $37.4 million that would compensate homeowners for healthy citrus trees cut down by the state.

Christian School Appeals Football Prayer Ruling

June 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

A Tampa Christian school is continuing a legal battle about whether it should have been allowed to offer a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before a state high-school football championship game.

Scott Signs Renewable Energy, Health Care Bills

June 16, 2017 - 7:45pm

Gov. Rick Scott late Friday signed 13 bills, including a measure that will carry out a constitutional amendment aimed at boosting the use of solar energy in the state.

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