Suit vs. AG: ‘Law is not ‘Commerce’

By MARIMER MATOS WEST PALM BEACH (CN) - The Consumer Law Group, of Boca Raton, claims the Florida attorney general has no authority to investigate its business practices because "the practice of law does not constitute 'trade or commerce' as such term is defined by FDUTPA [Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act]." The law office says "at least ten (10) depositions have recently been conducted by the Attorney General regarding CLG's practice of law," and it wants to head off a lawsuit "that the Attorney General will soon file ... under the guise of FDUPTA." Joining as plaintiffs are the law office's managing attorney, Michael Metzner, and American Debt Negotiators and its president Ran Barnea and secretary Daniel Post. The Consumer Law Group is a multistate law firm and, according to its website, specializes in debt management and debt settlements. The law office says … [Read more...]

Republican Rebound is a Last Chance

By LOU FREY In most of the speeches and public appearances I have made recently, I start out by telling my Republican friends that anybody going to Washington over the next two years should rent a place and not buy.  By that I mean the tide that swept Republicans in, in 2010, can reverse its course and sweep Republicans out in 2012. The Republicans do not have a second chance at running things well, they have a last chance.  If they are not able to perform we will end up with a multi-party system, as appears on the ballots in New York State.  You can have a Tea Party, a Green Party, a Conservative Party, a Liberal Party, etc., which, unlike in past years, has a chance to be effective. The reason is simple - the means of communication.  Before, when you had a Ross Perot, a third party candidate, who got 20% of the vote, there was no base underneath it.  He ran … [Read more...]

Circuit Judge Maynard “Skip” Gross Dies

By David Ovalle, Miami Herald MIAMI -- Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maynard ``Skip'' Gross, a Family Court judge for most of his 17 years on the bench, passed away Wednesday night. He was 70. ``We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Gross,'' 11th Circuit Chief Judge Joel Brown said in a statement. ``He was much loved for his gentlemanly manner, his vast knowledge of the law, and for being a stalwart champion of children's issues in Family Court. We have lost a true scholar and a gentleman today.'' Gross was first elected in 1994. Before that, he spent two decades as a civil lawyer and earlier served as a Dade County prosecutor and assistant public defender. In Family Court, Gross presided over many high-profile divorces, including those of baseball star Alex Rodriguez and tennis star Boris Becker. In 2006, Gross was honored for his work in family law by The First … [Read more...]