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Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District
June 10, 1998, Opinion Filed
CASE NO. 98-1606
[*1148] FARMER, J.
We dismiss this petition for a writ of common law certiorari to review an order allowing a claim for punitive damages. See Bared & Co. v. McGuire, 670 So. 2d 153 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996).
Petitioner is mistaken in reading our decision in Nova Southeastern University v. McCollough, 693 So. 2d 1125 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997), to allow certiorari jurisdiction to review the sufficiency of the evidence to allow a claim for punitive damages. In Globe Newspaper Co. v. King, 658 So. 2d 518 (Fla. 1995), the court held:
"] We conclude that appellate courts do have certiorari jurisdiction to review whether a trial judge has conformed with the procedural requirements of section 768.72, but do [**2] not have certiorari jurisdiction to review a decision of a trial judge granting leave to amend a complaint to include a claim for punitive damages when the trial judge has followed the procedural requirements of section 768.72. Certiorari is not available to review a determination that there is a reasonable showing by evidence in the record or proffered by the claimant which would provide a reasonable basis for recovery of such damages." [e.s.]
658 So. 2d at 519. As the court later explained in Simeon, Inc. v. Cox, 671 So. 2d 158 (Fla. 1996):
"] certiorari jurisdiction is appropriate to review whether a trial judge has conformed with the procedural requirements of section 768.72 but not so broad as to encompass review of the sufficiency of the evidence when the trial judge has followed the procedural requirements of section 768.72."
671 So. 2d at 160; see also Eugene J. Strasser, M.D., P.A. v. Bose Yalamanchi, M.D., [*1149] P.A., 677 So. 2d 22 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996) (] certiorari lies to review failure of trial court to determine basis for punitive damages).
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712 So. 2d 1148 *; 1998 Fla. App. LEXIS 6579 **; 23 Fla. L. Weekly D 1386
JORGE D. ORTEGA, Petitioner, v. MARIA SILVA and LOUIS SILVA, Respondents.
Subsequent History: [**1] Released for Publication June 26, 1998.
Prior History: Petition for Writ of Common Law Certiorari from the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County; Miette K. Burnstein, Judge; L.T. Case No. 97-18930 CACE (21).
Disposition: Appeal DISMISSED.
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