Eng Hangs Shingle in Jupiter

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Donna Eng has opened Donna Eng, P.A., a  federal and state appeals firm located in Jupiter. In addition to federal and state criminal appeals and post-conviction remedies, Eng practices in labor and employment matters, and litigation support. Eng is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate attorney who has appeared before state and federal courts throughout the State of Florida. Eng is a former federal court law clerk for the Southern District of Florida where she provided legal research and analysis of complex issues for the Court for over seven years. Prior to serving the Court, Eng served as an Assistant State Attorney where she prosecuted over 35 felony jury trials and over 70 misdemeanor jury and non-jury trials.  She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Florida. … [Read more...]

Kodak ‘bidder’ Allen Weintraub loses in court

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit against a Florida man accused of financial fraud in his allegedly bogus bid to buy Eastman Kodak Co. and American Airlines. U.S. District Judge Paul Huck last week rejected a motion by Allen E. Weintraub asking that the court dismiss a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit. The legal action, brought by the federal agency in May in south Florida, alleges that Weintraub violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by giving the impression he was a serious bidder for the two companies when, in fact, he had no assets or access to the huge sums such deals would require. Weintraub in June wrote a letter to the court asking that the lawsuit be dismissed for lack of proof. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110728/BUSINESS/107280319/Kodak-bidder-Allen-Weintraub-loses-court?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CBusiness … [Read more...]

Carl B. Schwait receives Florida Bar President’s Awards of Merit

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TALLAHASSEE – Carl B. Schwait has been awarded a President's Award of Merit by the Florida Bar. At the recent Florida Bar Convention in Orlando, outgoing Bar President Mayanne Downs gave one of this year's President's Awards of Merit to Gainesville attorney and Board of Governors member Carl B. Schwait. Each year, The Florida Bar president recognizes individuals who have provided distinguished service to the Bar, the legal profession and the justice system. Schwait is the managing partner at the Dell Graham firm, where he defends clients and entities in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. He is board certified by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an expert in civil trial law. Since 2005, Schwait has served as the Eighth Circuit's representative on the Board of Governors. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of … [Read more...]

Agencies start tallying costs of looking for Caylee Anthony

By Anthony Colarossi and Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel Some of the costs associated with investigating Caylee Marie Anthony's disappearance and the murder case against her mother Casey Anthony have been tallied. Assistant State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick filed itemized investigative costs Wednesday from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, totaling about $82,000 between the two agencies. Costs from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the lead agency that investigated the Anthony case, have not been reported. An agency spokesman told the Orlando Sentinel earlier this week they hoped to have a total by Friday. Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/caylee-anthony/os-casey-anthony-investigative-costs-20110727,0,7666341.story … [Read more...]

Florida teachers union files suit

Courtesy of Public News Service TALLHASSEE, Fla. - Individuals and groups representing Florida's public schools and some religious communities have filed a lawsuit in state Circuit Court (2011-CA-1892) in Tallahassee. They are challenging a constitutional amendment placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature. Amendment Seven would substantially alter the constitution's no-aid provision, which has been in effect for more than 125 years. This provision (in Article 1, Section 3) protects the religious freedom rights of all Floridians by barring taxpayer-funded aid to religious institutions. Read more: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/21331-1 … [Read more...]