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Florida Supreme Court Adopts Federal Summary Judgment Standard

On April 29, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court decided that Florida will now follow the federal summary judgment standard and adopt the text of the federal summary judgment rule as opposed to crafting a new Florida-specific rule. However, the court did make one minor change, which includes that a court “shall,” as opposed to the […]

Ensuring Your Temporary Injunction Is Not Too Temporary

Recently, the Fifth District Court of Appeal delivered a decision that will affect how parties obtain a temporary injunction from the trial court after a default judgment. In Howell et al. v. Orange Lake Country Club, Inc., the trial court granted a default judgment against the defendants after striking their pleadings. After the default judgment, […]

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What’s the Appeal – Do You Need an Appellate Lawyer?

Maybe you are embroiled in litigation or the issues are complex or the stakes are high. Perhaps you have already considered the potential for appeal, and the final judgment may have already been entered in your case. That is, a winner and a loser have already been declared and the reality of an appeal is […]

Why you should never want to see anyone in court

Why you should never want to see anyone in court. By Charles P. Castellon, Esq. All rights reserved, 2017 © It’s beyond debate that we’re a litigious society.  Ingrained in American culture is the declaration “I’ll see you in court.”  This article will provide an overview of what litigation is about, its costs and ways […]

Unseen Obstacles You May Face in Court When Fighting a Lawsuit

If you have been sued, your first reaction might be that you are going to fight it with everything you have got. While this is understandable, it may not always be in your best interests to fight, even if you think you have a great defense. Here are a few things that might pop up […]

Katie McLaughlin Taking Sandwich Giant Subway to Court

If you are not familiar with the name Katie McLaughlin, she is the ex-wife of former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle. She has not only divorced the convicted sex offender, but is now taking the sandwich chain to court which Fogle used to represent. The reasoning behind her taking the sandwich chain to court is to […]

Losing by Default: Why You Should Never Ignore a Lawsuit

If you have been served with papers for a lawsuit, the temptation to hide your head and pretend it isn’t happening can be very strong and alluring.  However, you should never give in to this temptation because if you do, you could end up losing the lawsuit without ever having the chance to make your […]

The Matter of Damages: How Much Can You Sue (or be Sued) For?

If you are involved in a lawsuit—whether as the plaintiff or as the defendant—you may be wondering how much money can be at stake.  This is where the question of damages comes into play. What does the term “damages” mean? Simply put, damages are the monetary award that you can receive (or be ordered to […]

Statute of Limitations: Putting the Past to Rest

If you have ever done something that could expose you to civil liability—something like causing an accident, damaging someone else’s property, or breaking a contract into which you entered—you may spend a lot of time and energy worrying about whether you will ever be sued. The good news—for you, not for the person you harmed—is […]

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