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Federal Judge Dismisses Residents' Remaining Claims In Moldy Condo Action

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on March 19 dismissed the remaining claims asserted by residents of a condominium that allegedly contained mold and other defects against the owner of the complex, finding that they failed to show that the company ...read more

11th Circuit: Tribe Properly Denied Attorney Fees In Clean Water Act Suit

ATLANTA - An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 30 affirmed a federal judge in Florida's decision to deny a request from the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida for more than $1.4 million in attorney fees after finding that the judge ...read more

Judge Denies Plaintiffs' Request To Enjoin Runway Expansion At Florida Airport

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on July 6 denied a motion filed by a city and two residents seeking a preliminary injunction to enjoin further construction on the expansion of a runway at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International ...read more

Tobacco Companies Fail To Bar Punitive Damages In Federal Injury Litigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Plaintiffs asserting death and injury from smoking have asserted sufficient claims of corporate wrongdoing to warrant punitive damages, a Florida federal judge said in an Oct. 5 opinion, denying the companies' motion to strike ...read more

Judge Refuses To Grant Judgment In Condo Owner's Negligence Action

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Oct. 11 refused to grant summary judgment for a condominium owner, finding that genuine issues of material fact existed in relation to who was responsible for a sewer line blockage that resulted in flooding and ...read more

Florida Appeals Court Vacates $36.7M Tobacco Verdict, Orders New Damages Trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appeals court on Dec. 12 ordered a new damages trial after vacating a $36.7 million tobacco judgment, agreeing with defendant Philip Morris USA Inc. that the jury's initial $280 million verdict was the result of passion ...read more

Remand Denied In Federal Consolidation Of Florida Tobacco Claims

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The judges presiding over consolidated federal claims for tobacco-caused injury and death denied remand of nondiverse cases, saying in a Jan. 25 order that nothing significant has changed in the cases' posture to eliminate federal ...read more

Judge Reverses Denial Of Asbestosis Disability Claim, Remands For Determination

TAMPA, Fla. - An administrative law judge improperly ignored a Social Security disability claimant's test results showing impairment in favor of earlier results showing no impairment, a federal judge in Florida held March 12 (Amy A. Beckham v. Commissioner ...read more

Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Tobacco Wrongful Death Claims

MIAMI - The Third District Florida Court of Appeal on April 10 reinstated tobacco wrongful death claims against Philip Morris USA Inc. that had been dismissed as untimely by a trial court, saying that despite the temporary presence of an ineligible plaintiff ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Dismisses Flight Attendant's Lawsuit For Lack Of Jurisdiction

ORLANDO. Fla. - The chemical exposure personal injury lawsuit of a flight crew member against the manufacturers of the aircraft on which he worked was dismissed May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for lack of jurisdiction; ...read more