The Professional Ethics Committee acts on waiving costs in personal injury cases, finance companies that advance fees in criminal cases, and Florida lawyers working with non-Florida firms that permit non-lawyer ownership . . . (see more) [Added 6/22/16]

A proposal for settlement could not support a motion for attorney's fees because it required the offeree's counsel to extinguish all third-party claims, even though there was no signature block for counsel . . . (see more) [Added 6/15/16]

A complaint alleging defamation against the Florida Bar due to a posting of disciplinary status on the Bar’s website was properly dismissed by the circuit court . . . (see more) [Added 6/8/16]

The failure to immediately produce public records in response to a request from an email that appeared to be spam was not an “unlawful refusal” and thus could not support a fee award to the requestor . . . (see more) [Added 6/6/16]

The First DCA criticizes counsel's lack of candor in a workers’ compensation appeal . . . (see more) [Added 6/5/16]

Per the Second DCA, filing a Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.090 motion to enlarge time to accept a proposal for settlement does not automatically toll the 30-day period for accepting the proposal . . . (see more) [Added 6/4/16]

The Supreme Court suspends a lawyer for 3 years instead of the recommended 90 days for violations of Rule 4-8.4(c) (dishonesty, deceit, misrepresentation or fraud) and 5-1.1(b) (trust accounting) . . . (see more) [Added 6/2/16]

The Board of Governors approves changes to Rule 4-1.8 concerning gifts from clients to lawyers and the naming of lawyers as personal representatives or trustees
. . . (see more) [Added 6/2/16]

A criminal conviction is reversed because the trial court erred in combining Faretta and Nelson rulings . . . (see more) [Added 6/1/16]

The Board of Governors approves recommending changes to the rules governing Certified Legal Interns . . . (see more) [Added 5/31/16]

Uniform "Standards of Professional Courtesy and Civility" are adopted by the 11th, 15th, 17th, and 19th Florida circuits
. . . (see more) [Added 5/30/16]

The Bar petitions the Supreme Court to add technology-related provisions to the competence rule and to require additional hours of CLE devoted to technology . . . (see more) [Added 5/30/16]

The Supreme Court adopts amendments to the Rules Relating to Admissions to the Bar . . . (see more) [Added 5/23/16]

A proposal for settlement under F.S. 768.79 and Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.442 that did not mention a form of release or dismissal was not ambiguous and thus was enforceable . . . (see more) [Added 5/13/16]

An insurer whose policy gave it the right to control the insured’s defense is liable for attorney’s fees imposed after the insurer rejected a proposal for settlement . . . (see more) [Added 5/12/16]

A fee award under F.S. 768.79 based on unaccepted proposals for settlement is reversed because the offeror failed to strictly comply with Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.442, which requires that a proposal expressly state “whether attorney’s fees are part of the legal claim" . . . (see more) [Added 5/7/16]

A defendant first sued as a corporation and then as an LLC when plaintiff amended his complaint, was entitled to recover fees under F.S. 768.79 based on a proposal for settlement made by corporation defendant despite the fact that defendant prevailed as an LLC . . . (see more) [Added 5/6/16]

The Third DCA reminds lawyers of their obligation regarding “a fundamental tenant of appellate advocacy” . . . (see more) [Added 5/4/16] 

The Florida Supreme Court holds that workers’ compensation fee statute is unconstitutional . . . (see more) [Added 4/28/16]

An offer of judgment was valid and enforceable where the offeror made claims for both monetary and non-monetary relief, but did not actually pursue non-monetary damages in the litigation . . . (see more) [Added 4/28/16]

A trial court properly awarded fees as a sanction for a party’s misconduct that resulted in a mistrial but erred in including time spent for subsequent trials . . . (see more) [Added 4/27/16]

A defendant who successfully defeated a claim on the ground that she had no contract with the plaintiff cannot claim fees based on that non-existent contract . . . (see more) [Added 4/26/16]

The First DCA declares attorney’s fee provisions in the workers’ compensation law unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds . . . (see more) [Added 4/22/16]

A contingency multiplier was not permissible when a court awarded fees against an insurer, where the attorney-client contract was not a true contingency agreement . . . (see more) [Added 4/21/16]

A trial court improperly imposed section 57.105 sanctions on a party for making claims without factual support, after allowing the party’s claim to survive a summary judgment motion and a motion for involuntary dismissal . . . (see more) [Added 4/19/16]

University student disciplinary records are protected by federal privacy law (FERPA) and so are not subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, with limited exceptions . . .  (see more)   [Added 4/19/16]

The Fourth DCA reverses a $5.8 million verdict in a tobacco case due to improper argument by plaintiff’s counsel
. . . (see more) [Added 4/18/16]

The Third DCA cautions counsel that improper argument can result in reversal of a favorable verdict . . . (see more) [Added 4/18/16]

The Supreme Court holds that a prevailing party is entitled to fees under the Public Records Act when the public agency violated the Act, regardless of whether the agency acted in bad faith . . . (see more) [Added 4/15/16]

Florida International leads the state schools in pass rate for the February 2016 bar exam . . . (see more) [Added 4/11/16]

The Second DCA reverses sanctions imposed against a lawyer who gave “dishonest” answers to the trial judge in a matter involving Facebook research on a juror
. . . (see more) [Added 4/9/16]

The Second DCA upholds the denial of a petition seeking approval of a continent fee contract in excess of the Bar’s maximum fee schedule . . . (see more) [Added 4/8/16]

The Supreme Court denies appellate attorney’s fees to the prevailing parties in the legislative redistricting case . . . (see more) [Added 4/8/16]

The First DCA denies the prevailing parties fees in the legislative redistricting case, applying the “American Rule” and declining to adopt the private attorney general doctrine
. . . (see more) [Added 4/5/16]

The Supreme Court rules that opposing counsel’s time records are relevant and discoverable by a party seeking to recover fees when the fees are contested . . . (see more) [Added 3/31/16]

The Florida Bar asks the Supreme Court to approve a rule specifying when and under what limited conditions a personal injury lawyer may refer a case requiring “extraordinary” lien resolution services to another lawyer who would perform those services . . . (see more) [Added 2/22/16]

The Supreme Court reverses murder and aggravated child abuse convictions based on numerous and “inflammatory” improper closing arguments at the guilt phase of trial . . . (see more) [Added 2/22/16]

A trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying pro hac vice admission to an out of state lawyer who recently received a letter of admonishment from the Arizona Bar . . . (see more) [Added 2/18/16]

The Professional Ethics Committee votes to pursue adoption of an advisory opinion regarding a lawyer lobbying the legislature when the lawyer’s partner is an elected legislator . . . (see more) [Added 1/26/16]

A judgment for a lawyer in her suit against a former client for posting defamatory online reviews is affirmed on appeal . . . (see more) [Added 1/8/16]

A lawyer who was added as co-counsel in a contingent fee case fails in his claim for a portion of the fee, which is awarded in full to the first lawyer because the first lawyer’s contract was never modified . . . (see more) [Added 12/10/15]

The Fourth DCA addresses the definition of a “contingency fee” in rejecting an argument that no fee was due a law firm under an agreement for payment of earned fees
. . . (see more) [Added 11/11/15]

A federal court strikes down a Florida Bar rule prohibiting non-certified lawyers from claiming specialization or expertise in particular areas of the law . . . (see more) [Added 10/13/15]

The Supreme Court rejects proposed changes to the lawyer referral service rules, instead directing the Florida Bar to develop a proposal that requires for-profit referral services to be lawyer owned or operated . . . (see more) [Added 9/27/15]

The Supreme Court approves a rule defining retainers, flat fees, and advance fees and specifying how they should be handled for trust accounting purposes . . . (see more) [Added 9/19/15]

The Supreme Court amends Rules Regulating The Florida Bar on lawyer discipline, confidentiality, trust accounting, professionalism, and others . . . (see more) [Added 6/12/15]

The Supreme Court approves “housekeeping” changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding duties to prospective clients, misdirected electronic communications, and unauthorized practice of law . . . (see more) [Added 5/21/15]

The Board of Governors adopts “Professionalism Expectations” for Florida lawyers . . . (see more) [Added 2/3/15]

The Florida Bar withdraws its “Guidelines for Advertising Past Results” after a federal court finds them unconstitutional . . . (see more) [Added 12/22/14]

Rejecting the recommendation of the Board of Bar Examiners, the Supreme Court permanently denies admission to an applicant who “has demonstrated a lifetime of dealing in falsehoods” . . . (see more) [Added 12/3/14]

The Supreme Court approves multiple rule changes requested by the Florida Bar, including revisions to rules governing conflicts and paying witnesses, but rejects a proposal to restrict activities of suspended and disbarred lawyers . . .  (see more) [Added 3/29/14]

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