An order denying disqualification of a judge is upheld despite an assertion that entry of an order for sequestration of rents discounted the movant’s credibility . . . (see more) [Added 9/29/20]

A court erred in not awarding fees under F.S. 772.11 to defendants who prevailed against a civil theft claim on a directed verdict . . . (see more) [Added 9/28/20]

The Supreme Court amends the Rules of Judicial Administration to require cooperation and coordination among the Florida conferences of appellate, circuit, and county judges . . . (see more) [Added 9/24/20]

The First DCA declines to consider an ineffective assistance claim on direct appeal based on alleged errors that were not preserved . . . (see more) [Added 9/22/20]

The Supreme Court amends the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to remove “conditional admission” as a separate category of Bar membership, effectively replacing it with admission pursuant to a consent agreement under the bar admission rules . . . (see more) [Added 9/20/20]

A trial court erred in denying a motion to withdraw a settlement proposal where the proposal both was the result of an obvious unilateral mistake by a lawyer and was not authorized by the lawyer’s client . . . (see more) [9/17/20]

Although a prosecutor made improper arguments in closing, the arguments were not objected to and First DCA concludes that they did not rise to the level of fundamental error . . . (see more) [Added 9/15/20]

A court did not abuse its discretion in declining to award “fees on fees” for time spent pursuing a Moakley sanctions award . . . (see more) [Added 9/12/20]

The Supreme Court declines to adopt proposed emergency rules to permit law licensure without passing the bar exam, concluding that law school graduation alone is not a sufficient indicator of qualification to practice law in Florida . . . (see more) [Added 9/11/20]

A trial court abused its discretion in awarding fees for time spent litigating the amount of fees in a F.S. 57.015 motion . . . (see more) [Added 9/9/20]

Work product protection as to corporate incident reports was waived because the corporate representative was allowed to testify at deposition about the substance of the reports without objection . . . (see more) [Added 9/7/20]

A trial court erred in awarding prevailing party fees under the reciprocal provision of F.S. 57.105(7), where the underlying contract was entered into before the effective date of the statute . . . (see more) [Added 9/2/20]

Under Florida law an incapacitated adult has a right to seek dependent support from a parent, and so a trial court erred in dismissing the adult’s support petition and imposing fees against the filer under F.S. 57.105 . . . (see more) [Added 8/31/20]

The Supreme Court adopts a "Temporary Supervised Practice Program" for applicants who were registered for the July 2020 bar exam that was not administered . . . (see more) [Added 8/25/20]

A petition to adopt an emergency rule replacing this year’s bar exam with a supervised practice program leading to full admission to the Florida Bar is filed with the Supreme Court . . . (see more) [Added 8/23/20]

A motion for attorney’s fees against a county in a public records case was properly denied, per the Fourth DCA . . . (see more) [Added 8/18/20]

A motion for prevailing party fees following a voluntary dismissal was timely filed even though it was not filed within 30 days of when the notice of dismissal was filed . . . (see more) [Added 8/14/20]

A trial judge is disqualified for actions creating a fear of bias against a party’s counsel . . . (see more) [Added 8/12/20]

The Second DCA denies a petition for certiorari review of an attorney-client privilege ruling because the petitioner failed to provide a record including the documents at issue . . . (see more) [Added 8/10/20]

Due to the operation of F.S. 57.105(7), a trial court erred in denying prevailing party fees to a former wife who successfully defended against the former's husbands' motion to compel . . . (see more) [Added 8/3/20]

A court did not abuse its discretion in permitting defense counsel to introduce inference and argument suggesting a referral relationship between plaintiff’s chiropractor and lawyer, where plaintiff opened the door . . . (see more) [Added 7/30/20]

A court erred in granting a motion to disqualify a guardian ad litem without holding a hearing and by applying an erroneous standard . . . (see more) [Added 7/27/20]

A lawyer who withdrew from a contingent fee case may enforce a charging lien for quantum meruit fees because withdrawal was required by the ethics rules . . . (see more) [Added 7/23/2020]

A trial court’s independent “active questioning” of a party after both parties had rested supported the party’s claim of a reasonable fear that the court was biased against him and so required the court’s disqualification . . . (see more) [Added 7/21/20]

A trial court did not depart from the essential requirements of law in ordering an insurer to produce photos and reports in its claims and underwriting files over a work product objection . . . (see more) [Added 7/17/20]

The Second DCA rules that an erroneous denial of a motion to disqualify a judge raised on direct appeal is subject to a harmless error analysis, and certifies the question to the Supreme Court . . . (see more) [Added 7/14/20]

The Supreme Court affirms the denial of a claim of ineffective assistance based on counsel’s failure to challenge a biased juror . . . (see more) [Added 7/10/20]

In a case of first impression, the First DCA rules that a junior lien holder named in a construction lien enforcement and foreclosure action may not recover fees under F.S. 713.29 . . . (see more) [Added 7/9/20]

An order awarding fees is reversed because the court considered 3 consolidated cases together rather than individually when determining the prevailing party . . . (see more) [Added 7/8/20]

The Supreme Court approves cancellation of the in-person July bar exam, replacing it with an August 19 online exam . . . (see more) [Added 7/5/20]

The Supreme Court remands a disciplinary case for further proceedings after clarifying that an “advice of counsel” defense may be available in limited circumstances . . . (see more) [Added 6/26/20]

The Third DCA discourages judges from filing responses to motions to disqualify them, pointing out that the “safer practice” is to let the Attorney General’s Office or the Circuit Court General Counsel to respond if necessary . . . (see more) [Added 6/24/20]

Notwithstanding the parties’ agreement, although it had discretion to award fees under F.S. 61.16 in domestic litigation involving the best interests of the child, a trial court did not err in denying fees to the former wife where evidence established lack of need by the wife and lack of ability to pay by the husband . . . (see more) [Added 6/22/20]

An order imposing a charging lien is reversed because the lawyer “had no hand in securing” the assets against which the lien was imposed . . . (see more) [Added 6/19/20]

The Second DCA reverses a conviction on direct appeal due to ineffective counsel on the face of the record . . . (see more) [Added 6/17/20]

The Supreme Court declines to amend the Code of Judicial Conduct concerning judge-to-judge solicitation of funds to aid hurricane victims, viewing the existing Code as sufficiently clear . . . (see more) [Added 6/15/20]

A trial court erred in awarding fees under F.S. 61.16 to a former wife who pursued garnishment to collect an unpaid equalizing payment from an equitable distribution . . . (see more) [Added 6/11/20]

The Fourth DCA reverses an order establishing a guardianship, ruling that appointed counsel in a guardianship proceeding must represent the prospective ward’s “expressed wishes” rather than his or her “best interests” . . . (see more) [Added 6/8/20]

The Supreme Court tightens the rules that apply when lawyers or law firms employ lawyers who have been suspended or disbarred . . . (see more) [Added 6/3/20]

On rehearing, the Third DCA concludes that the trial court did not depart from the essential requirements of law in ruling that insureds’ public adjuster could be a “disinterested” appraiser under a policy’s appraisal process . . . (see more) [Added 6/1/20]

The Supreme Court approves a rule permitting spouses of military service members to practice as certified legal interns while undergoing the character and fitness review pending authorization to practice in Florida . . . (see more) [Added 5/26/20]

On its own motion, the Supreme Court amends the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to provide a new procedure for responding to future public health and other emergency situations . . . (see more) [Added 4/15/20]

University of Florida has the state's highest pass rate for the February 2020 general bar exam . . . (see more) [Added 4/13/20]

A judge who had disqualified himself from all of a lawyer’s cases is disqualified from presiding over a post-conviction hearing at which that lawyer will testify . . . (see more) [Added 3/26/20]

The Supreme Court approves changes to the rules setting the qualifications for lawyer and non-lawyer members of the Board of Bar Examiners . . . (see more) [Added 2/19/20]

The Florida Bar petitions the Supreme Court for approval of new rules creating a “Registered Online Service Provider” program . . . (see more) [Added 1/3/20]

The Supreme Court rules that a public defender’s office did not provide ineffective assistance by representing the defendant despite one of its lawyers being precluded from the case due to an acquaintance with the victim and her family . . . (see more) [Added 12/11/19]

The Supreme Court approves amendments to Rule 4-7.14 to permit non-certified lawyers, and law firms, to advertise that they specialize or have expertise in areas of practice . . . (see more) [Added 7/1/19]

The Board of Governors approves a rule change proposal that would prohibit advertising lawyers from using the names of other lawyers or law firms in a misleading way that states or implies that the other lawyer is part of the advertising lawyer’s firm . . . (see more) [Added 6/3/19]

The Supreme Court withdraws its prior opinion (which ruled that prevailing party fees are recoverable under the reciprocal provisions of F.S. 57.105 by a borrower who succeeded in having plaintiff’s mortgage foreclosure suit dismissed on grounds including lack of standing), concluding that it had improvidently granted review . . . (see more) [Added 4/18/19]

The Supreme Court declines to adopt a proposed rule that would bar lawyers from accepting referrals from any entity that refers to more than one type of professional for the same incident or transaction
. . . (see more) [Added 4/15/19]

The Supreme Court acts on the Bar’s biennial rules proposals, including proposed amendments relating to self-reporting criminal charges and convictions to the Bar, the Bar’s duty to notify the Court of a lawyer’s felony adjudication, client payments by credit card, imputed disqualification, collaborative law, CLE “professionalism” requirements, and electronic meetings
. . . (see more) [Added 1/14/19]

The Supreme Court amends rules regulating referral services to expressly recognize their applicability to all client-lawyer matching services, and further orders the Bar to prepare rules restricting services that refer to more than one professional service . . . (see more) [Added 3/9/18]

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