An order requiring a party to produce all sworn witness statements, which were work product, is quashed as a departure from the essential requirements of law . . . (see more) [Added 10/22/16]

A trial court’s order denying a petition to compel disclosure of public records is reversed because the court failed to hold a hearing before ruling . . . (see more) [Added 10/15/16]

The Florida Bar petitions the Florida Supreme Court for approval of rules to facilitate the collaborative law process in family law . . . (see more) [Added 10/11/16]

The Florida Supreme Court rejects a third Florida Bar proposal to authorize lawyers to handle “extraordinary” lien resolution services on a referral from a personal injury lawyer . . . (see more) [Added 10/7/16]

On rehearing en banc, the Fourth DCA reverses a $70 million judgment against tobacco defendants due to “repeated inflammatory arguments of plaintiff’s counsel” . . . (see more) [Added 10/3/16]

The Florida Supreme Court amends the ethics rules to address technological competence and requires 3 CLE hours in technology every 3 years (increasing the total required CLE hours to 33 every 3 years) . . . (see more) [Added 9/29/16]

A criminal defendant’s motion to disqualify the trial judge should have been granted as legally sufficient where the defendant alleged a fear of bias due to the judge’s apparent policy regarding harsher sentences on persons unable to pay restitution . . . (see more) [Added 9/28/16]

A workers' compensation claimant’s lawyer cannot be required to file a verified motion for fees and costs after the JCC has dismissed all of the claimant’s pending petitions for benefits . . . (see more) [Added 9/27/16]

The Fourth DCA affirms an order granting defendants’ motion for new trial for in a tobacco case after a $2 million jury verdict, due to improper closing argument . . . (see more) [Added 9/26/16]

A criminal defendant’s petition to have subpoenas duces tecum issued secretly on work product grounds is denied . . . (see more) [Added 9/22/16]

Florida Coastal leads state law schools in pass rate for the July 2016 Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam . . . (see more) [Added 9/21/16]

Florida International tops the state in general bar exam results for July 2016
. . . (see more) [Added 9/19/16]

A “passing reference” to equitable relief in a complaint does not render an offer of judgment in the case invalid . . . (see more) [Added 9/13/16]

The Third DCA criticizes the conduct of a lawyer who was taken out of the courtroom for interrupting the court and speaking out of turn during a dependency proceeding . . . (see more) [Added 9/8/16]

The court may consider the deposition testimony of trial counsel rather than live testimony at an evidentiary hearing on a Fla.R.Crim.P. 3.850 ineffective assistance of counsel motion . . . (see more) [Added 9/7/16]

In a child custody action, the trial court improperly awarded fees to the father based on the mother’s “selfish”  attempt to change custody where the mother did not have ability to pay . . . (see more) [Added 9/7/16]

When responding to a public records request, a public agency is not required to identify the statutory exemption for each individual redaction in a record . . . (see more) [Added 9/6/16]

On rehearing, the Fourth DCA denies appellate fees to defendants under the FDUTPA where they did not prevail on all pleaded legal theories in the case . . . (see more) [Added 9/3/16]

The First DCA reverses a denial of a stipulated quantum meruit attorney’s fee in a worker’s compensation case . . . (see more) [Added 9/2/16]

The Supreme Court permanently disbars 2 lawyers whose conduct “is among the most shocking, unethical, and unprofessional” ever seen by the Court . . . (see more) [Added 8/25/16]

Florida guardianship law authorizes a fee award to the lawyer for an emergency temporary guardian, even where ultimately there is no judicial determination of incapacity . . . (see more) [Added 8/24/16]

The Board of Governors petitions the Florida Supreme Court for approval of changes to the rules governing referral services and other entities that match potential clients with lawyers . . . (see more) [Added 8/16/16]

The Board of Governors approves rule changes to expand the number of “emeritus” attorneys available to handle pro bono cases . . . (see more) [Added 8/15/16]

The Board of Governors approves a rule change to permit IOTA trust accounts to be held in credit unions . . . (see more) [Added 8/11/16]

In reversing an $11 million plaintiffs’ verdict for other reasons, the Fourth DCA criticizes arguments by plaintiffs’ counsel and suggests they would warrant reversal if properly preserved . . . (see more) [Added 8/6/16]

The First DCA reverses a verdict for the defendant in a personal injury case due to improper closing argument, and also criticizes plaintiff’s counsel for denigrating a defense expert and defense counsel on Facebook . . . (see more) [Added 8/4/16]

The Board of Governors approves changes to the rules governing lawyers who participate with entities that connect potential clients with lawyers . . . (see more) [Added 8/2/16]

An inmate who filed a mandamus petition suit to compel production of public records may be entitled to costs, despite the fact that the documents were provided shortly after he filed . . . (see more) [Added 7/26/16]

The Florida Supreme Court disciplines 2 judges, one for improper conduct in court and the other for improper ex parte communication and involvement in a litigant’s case
. . . (see more) [Added 7/14/16]

The Supreme Court amends the Code of Judicial Conduct to prohibit any senior judge from serving as a voluntary trial resolution judge or an arbitrator in a circuit in which the senior judge is presiding as a judge . . . (see more) [Added 7/7/16]

The Fifth DCA reverses a fee award, ruling that proposals for settlement served on the 2 defendants were ambiguous as to whether acceptance would resolve the claims against both or only one defendant . . . (see more) [Added 7/7/16]

A county’s “wait and see” attitude toward a public records request results in the imposition of attorney’s fees . . . (see more) [Added 7/7/16]

Although a client can be compelled to disclose when and with what attorneys she consulted, she cannot be required to divulge the reasons why she consulted them if doing so would reveal attorney-client communications . . . (see more) [Added 7/6/16]

A judge is not disqualified from a case, despite having compared a party’s procedures to those of the “Taliban” in a related suit . . . (see more) [Added 7/5/16]

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 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 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]

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

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

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]

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 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]

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]

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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