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Moving quickly, an appeals court has scheduled a hearing next week in a public-records lawsuit about whether Gov. Rick Scott should be required to turn over his calendar to an organization locked in a battle with the state about Medicaid contracts. 

State Seeks To Stamp Out Marijuana License Case

Oct 2, 2018

The Florida Department of Health is asking an appeals court to block a lower-court judge from moving forward with a lawsuit in which a Martin County nursery argues it should receive a potentially lucrative medical-marijuana license.

Court Keeps Scott Records Ruling On Hold

Sep 19, 2018
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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday received a legal ruling that will at least temporarily allow him to keep from turning over his calendar --- including information about fundraising events and where he will reside at night --- to a health-care organization.


A divided appeals court Friday upheld a decision to deny workers’ compensation insurance benefits to a hospital housekeeper who tested positive for marijuana after falling on the job and dislocating her shoulder.

Murder Conviction Upheld In Shooting Of Fetus

Nov 7, 2017

A state appeals court Monday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Jacksonville woman who shot a pregnant woman in the abdomen during a dispute in 2014 and fatally wounded the fetus.

Supreme Court Asked To Decide If Car Can Be 'Weapon'

Nov 7, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court could decide whether a car can be considered a weapon in criminal cases.

Court Clears Way For Challenge To Water Standards

Jul 12, 2017
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Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.

Appeals Court Sides With ACHA In Public Records Dispute

Jul 7, 2017
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An appeals court Thursday backed the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a long-running dispute with a law firm about public records requests.

Court Says Parochial Schools Can Require Immunizations

Jun 28, 2017
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Courts cannot order parochial schools to admit children who haven't been immunized, a three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

Arena Football Player’s Insurance Claim Sacked

Jun 7, 2017
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Nearly four years after a former Arena Football League player was injured while trying to regain a roster spot with the Orlando Predators, a state appeals court Tuesday rejected his workers' compensation insurance claim.

Court Rules Against Injured Worker On Doctor Choice

Jan 24, 2017

In what could be a first-of-its-kind decision in Florida, an appeals court Monday ruled against an injured worker who sought a change in physicians under the workers-compensation insurance system.

Court Overturns Probation, Treatment For Drug Offender

Dec 2, 2016

A state appeals court Thursday overturned a circuit judge's decision to commit a drug offender to a treatment program and place her on probation instead of sending her to prison.

Court: Only One Parent Needs To Sign Off On Surgery

May 25, 2016

In what could be first-of-its-kind case in Florida, an appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments that both parents need to sign off before a child can undergo surgery.

Arguments Set In Dispute Over Immigrant ER Care

Apr 27, 2016

An appeals court will hear arguments June 7 in a long-running dispute between the state Agency for Health Care Administration and more than two-dozen hospitals about Medicaid payments for providing emergency care to undocumented immigrants.

The 1st District Court of Appeal scheduled the arguments Monday in the hospitals' challenge to a ruling last year by an administrative law judge, according to an online docket. The case has involved major hospital systems across the southern part of the state and the Tampa Bay area, such as Lee Memorial Health System, the North Broward Hospital District and hospitals that are part of the Tenet Healthcare system.

Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Law

Apr 25, 2016

A divided Florida Supreme Court temporarily blocked a state requirement that women wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, cheering abortion rights supporters and drawing new complaints of judicial activism from the law's backers.

Court Rejects Legal Restriction In Workers-Comp Cases

Apr 21, 2016

In a potentially far-reaching decision, an appeals court Wednesday struck down a state law that restricted a police officer from paying a law firm to help her pursue workers-compensation insurance benefits.

Justices Will Not Hear Challenge To UF Gun Policy

Apr 13, 2016

In a victory for the University of Florida, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in university housing.

State Urges Justices To Reject Abortion Case Appeal

Apr 6, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is urging the Florida Supreme Court to turn down an appeal in a legal battle over a 2015 law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in February overturned a temporary injunction that had blocked the law from taking effect.

Court Backs DCF In Nursing Home Expenses Case

Apr 6, 2016

An appeals court Monday sided with the Florida Department of Children and Families in a dispute about expenses for a woman who went into a Tallahassee nursing home after suffering a spinal-cord injury in an accident.

Florida Supreme Court Could Consider Medical Malpractice Battle

Feb 8, 2016
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The Florida Supreme Court could decide whether a physician is able to pursue a "bad faith" claim against an insurer in a medical-malpractice case that led to a $35 million arbitration award.

FL Supreme Court Asked To Decide 'Certificate Of Need' Dispute

Dec 16, 2015
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The state Agency for Health Care Administration asked the Florida Supreme Court this week to take up a dispute about whether a Baker County hospital can challenge plans for a new Jacksonville medical center.

Court Allows Challenge To Jacksonville Hospital Plan

Oct 16, 2015

Ruling against state health regulators, an appeals court Thursday said a Baker County hospital can challenge plans for a Jacksonville medical center that could become a competitor.

The 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 16-page ruling, sided with Baker County's Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital in a dispute that centers on a state decision in 2010 to issue what is known as a "certificate of need" for West Jacksonville Medical Center.

Court Backs Medical Malpractice Change

Jul 21, 2015

A state appeals court Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a controversial change in Florida's medical-malpractice laws, ruling in part that some privacy rights are "waived" when people pursue malpractice lawsuits.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal stemmed from a 2013 law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed after a lobbying battle between groups such as doctors and plaintiffs' attorneys. A federal appeals court last year also upheld the change in a separate case.

Hospital Appeal Rejected In Public Records Case

Jul 9, 2015

An appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that a North Florida hospital authority violated the state's public-records law by placing unreasonable restrictions on a resident's access to documents. 

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with Columbia County resident Stewart Lilker, who filed a public-records lawsuit against the Lake Shore Hospital Authority in Lake City. A circuit judge ruled that the authority violated the law, in part, by restricting Lilker's right to inspect and copy records to one hour a day and requiring him to give a 24-hour notice.

Court To Weigh Allowing Guns In University Housing

Jul 8, 2015

After a high-profile legislative debate this spring about concealed weapons on college campuses, a state appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.

An appeals court says Florida Hospital Orlando should repay more than $22,000 in Medicaid payments it claimed in the care of a 3-year-old child with leukemia, the News Service of Florida reports. The judges said Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration was justified in requesting repayment in the case that centers around the state’s determination of whether care is a “medical necessity,” according to the News Service.

A new payment system for developmentally disabled Floridians needs to be fixed, the News Service of Florida reports. The so-called ‘iBudgets’ system aimed to give people flexibility in the way state money is spent on services, but the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that the way the Agency for Persons with Disabilities calculated payments violated state law, according to the News Service.

Information from a check of the state’s prescription-drug database was improperly used to convict a man who possessed methadone, the 1st District Court of Appeal says. 

As the News Service of Florida reports, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective testified he used the database to find that Jermey Gene Hardy’s girlfriend did not have a prescription for methadone as he had told police.

Florida’s Supreme Court won’t step into the ongoing battle between urban hospital trauma centers and newer programs operated by HCA Healthcare.

The court on Monday told HCA and the Florida Department of Health it won’t review a 1st District Court of Appeal decision that supports Tampa- and Jacksonville-area trauma centers, the News Service of Florida reports.