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November 08, 2019
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The Florida Bar | Article | November 08, 2019
Board of Governors member Bruce Robinson of Lake City who has decades of Bar involvement will step down from board service in June 2020. Robinson served two tenures on The Florida Bar Board of Governors and served as a member on many Bar committees. Today, Robinson is a shareholder at Robinson Kennon Kendron.
Law.com | Article | November 07, 2019
The Third District Court of Appeal has agreed to remove Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko from three cases over impartiality concerns from Miami firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod. The firm raised concerns that some of the parties wouldn’t receive a fair trial, in light of a sanctions order against the firm by Judge Butchko in an unrelated case. The firm represents the plaintiff in two of the lawsuits and is a defendant in the third.
The Independent Florida Alligator | Article | November 08, 2019
The University of Florida’s first black alumnus and civil rights activist W. George Allen died, his family confirmed Thursday [Nov. 7]. He was 83 years old. Allen graduated from the UF College of Law in 1962. At the time, the college was not yet integrated, and Allen became the first African American to graduate from UF.
WTSP | Article | November 07, 2019
A Florida woman is taking her emotional support chicken case to federal court. Court documents show that the woman’s psychiatrist wrote a letter to her landlords to show them that the chickens provide a benefit to her as emotional support animals. Lee County says she is violating zoning codes.
WEAR TV | Article | November 07, 2019
According to Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office, Pensacola and Panama City are among the top 15 cities in the nation for opioid overdoses. Florida spends nearly $32 billion a year on overdoses and 17 lives are lost every 24 hours. Moody’s office has a 21-member task force that is looking at the state to determine what is being done, what’s worked, what’s not worked and what they can recommend to counties that need help in dealing with the crisis.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Article | November 07, 2019
Florida hammered Georgia in a federal courtroom in New Mexico Thursday [Nov. 7] for not doing enough to limit agricultural water use in southwest Georgia as the oyster industry downstream in Apalachicola Bay has collapsed. In arguments before a Supreme Court-appointed expert judge, Florida’s lawyers said Georgia allowed for “unrestrained and mismanaged” irrigation practices along the Flint River and that the adjudicator should require “reasonable regulation” so that more water can flow south and revive the bay’s ecosystem and economy.
Pensacola News Journal | Article | November 08, 2019
The Escambia County Commission declined to take action Thursday [Nov. 7] on a request from County Commissioner Doug Underhill to have his legal expenses from a libel lawsuit filed by Scott Miller, a political consultant, paid by the county. Underhill’s fellow County Commissioners initially declined to pay to defend Underhill’s statements on social media because they did not believe it was part of his job as a commissioner. Escambia Circuit Court Judge Stephen Pitre ruled Underhill has immunity from a defamation lawsuit under Florida law in this case because a discussion with the public of county policy, even on Facebook, falls in the “orbit” of a County Commissioner.
Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 07, 2019
The University of Georgia School of Law defeated the University of Florida School of Law in the Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell Moot Court Competition in Jacksonville on Nov. 1. Two law students from each school compete as lawyers in a mock appellate case, and the victors in the case earn bragging rights and the championship trophy to keep at their law school for the year. The tournament record stands at 24 wins for Georgia, 11 wins for Florida and two ties.