Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s Unconstitutionally Higher Tuition for U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants

By Ian Millhiser Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of a group of United States citizens who were denied in-state tuition at Florida colleges because of who their parents are: Wendy Ruiz is an American citizen, a native of Miami, where she was born in 1992. She has a Florida birth certificate. She has a Florida high school diploma. She has a Florida voter registration card, a Florida driver’s license and a Florida bank account. She is an honor student in her second year at Miami Dade College–as an out-of-state student. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/10/21/349757/lawsuit-challenges-fls-unconstitutionally-higher-tuition-for-u-s-citizen-children-of-undocumented-immigrants/ … [Read more...]

Peltier column: Gov. Scott’s reforms winding way through courts

Michael Peltier, the Daily News Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — Major pieces of legislation passed during Gov. Rick Scott's first term, and with his blessing, are winding their way through the courts as critics try to maintain the status quo on a number of fronts. With decisions and arguments last week on issues from drug testing to the separation of church and state, federal and state judges are the latest actors to take the stage in a play that began in January when Scott took the helm of the nation's fourth largest state on a simple platform of reducing government spending, streamlining regulations and creating jobs. http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/oct/30/peltier-column-gov-scotts-reforms-winding-way/ … [Read more...]

Minoff to McGlinchey Stafford in Ft. Lauderdale

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Paul H. Minoff has joined McGlinchey Stafford PLLC in an of counsel capacity and will lead the new office located in Ft. Lauderdale. Minoff's practice centers on commercial, consumer financial services, and real estate litigation. … [Read more...]

Florida lawmaker wants to make new bank fees illegal

By Katie Sanders, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE — A House Democrat disgusted by big banks and their new monthly fees for using debit cards proposed Monday to make those charges illegal for Florida customers. It may be a dream for angry consumers, but it begs a few questions. The biggest being, can it even happen? Lake Worth Rep. Jeff Clemens says yes. His bill would prevent banks from imposing a dormancy fee or service fee on customers using debit cards. His idea comes amid national frustration against corporate America and mammoth banks. Bank of America, for instance, will charge customers who use debit cards for purchases a $5 fee each month starting in January. Other banks moving toward charges include SunTrust, Regions Financial, Chase and Wells Fargo. "They sold us on the idea that we were going to move to a cashless society and waited until we got … [Read more...]

Board Rejects Reservoir Deal

By ROB SHAW | The Tampa Tribune CLEARWATER -- Last month, a divided Tampa Bay Water board of directors thought it had a $30 million lawsuit settlement over a cracked regional reservoir. On Monday, the board did a dramatic about-face and decided to take the fight against HDR Engineering back to federal court. Members voted unanimously, 9-0, to turn their backs on the $30 million offer and try their luck instead with a federal jury trial. "It says we're serious," said board member Susan Latvala, who also is a Pinellas County commissioner. "We have been wronged, and we want a jury to decide the amount of that. "This is such an egregious act by HDR that we must pursue it to the end, whatever that is. They knew what they were doing, and they allowed it to move forward." At issue is severe cracking at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, which was built in southeastern … [Read more...]