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]

A party to a paternity action may not waive temporary attorney’s fees prior to final judgment, per the Second DCA . . . (see more) [Added 5/29/20]

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]

The First DCA affirms a conviction, rejecting the argument that criminal defense counsel was ineffective as a result of a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship engineered by the defendant
. . . (see more)[Added 5/22/20]

In two cases, the Supreme Court criticizes prosecution comments and arguments in voir dire and closing argument . . . (see more) [Added 5/18/20]

A lawyer who repeatedly failed to respond to Bar inquiries and made a misrepresentation to a grievance committee is given a 3-year suspension by the Supreme Court, rather than the recommended reprimand . . . (see more) [Added 5/14/20]

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]

Defense counsel was not ineffective for failing to file a motion that was meritless under existing law, even though the Supreme Court had accepted review of the controlling case​ . . . (see more) [Added 4/13/20]

A motion to disqualify a judge should have been granted even though the movant’s opponent strongly objected to the facts alleged in the motion . . . (see more) [Added 4/9/20]

Appellate counsel was not ineffective for failing to present a novel legal argument on direct appeal, per the Florida Supreme Court . . . (see more) [Added 4/7/20]

The Florida Supreme Court reprimands 5 judges for sending a letter to a Florida agency urging award of a contract to a particular vendor
. . . (see more) [Added 4/3/20]

A probate court erred in imposing a charging lien and awarding personal representative’s former lawyer fees to be partly paid by the former personal representative personally . . . (see more) [Added 3/31/20]

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]

Prevailing party fees should not have been awarded against plaintiffs that voluntarily dismissed the  suit because the dismissal did not make the defendants “prevailing” parties under the facts of the case . . . (see more) [Added 3/24/20]

Work product privilege may attach to an insurer’s claim file even where that claim was settled without litigation, per the Second DCA . . . (see more) [Added 3/16/20]

The Fourth DCA reverses an order requiring a law firm to hold funds in its trust account until the firm’s dispute with a lender to which the firm had pledged fees as collateral was resolved . . . (see more) [Added 3/10/20]

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 Second DCA indicates that the practice of subpoenaing a party’s law firm, rather than the party, for non-party trust records is “not prohibited” but should not be employed without safeguards . . . (see more) [Added 2/17/20]

The Professional Ethics Committee addresses interstate law firms that operate in Florida, lawyers working with public adjusters, a former court employee’s access to court documents, lawyers’ responses to negative online reviews, and proposed amendments to the client-with-diminished-capacity rule . . . (see more) [Added 2/11/20]

On its own motion, the Supreme Court removes two subjects from the list of subjects tested on the Florida bar exam . . . (see more) [Added 1/27/20]

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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