Major Foreclosure Lawyer Facing Disbarment

David Stern

By GARY FINEOUT, South Florida Times -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida lawyer whose firm was handling tens of thousands of foreclosure cases at the height of the financial crisis is ending his fight to hold onto his law license. The likely disbarment of David Stern would mark the most significant punishment handed down to any of the Florida attorneys whose work came under fire as the number of foreclosures soared in the Sunshine State. Critics had charged that attorneys have not been punished adequately for their role in falsifying documents through fake signatures and backdating records and through not giving homeowners proper notice that they faced foreclosure. … [Read more...]

Column: Fighting Hurts Both Sides in NHL Lawsuit

By EDDIE PELLS -- For a preview of what evidence on Day 1 of an NHL concussions trial might look like, head over to YouTube, type in "NHL brawls" and take your pick of any of the 481,000 choices offered there. In a league where both sides give a wink to bare-fisted fighting — and in a case in which raw emotion could play as big a role as the still-developing science of concussions — it will be hard for either the players or the NHL to claim the moral high ground. A group of 10 retired players, seizing the moment in wake of the $765 million settlement the NFL recently offered its concussed retirees, filed a class-action lawsuit on Monday. They claim the league hasn't done enough to protect players from head injuries.   … [Read more...]

Rebecca Sedwick’s mother to pursue law changes

Tricia Norman, mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick

  By Arelis Hernández, Orlando Sentinel -- The mother of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide after months of alleged cyberbullying plans to pursue changes to state and federal law, as well as civil lawsuits against her daughter's bullies, she and her lawyer said today. Matt Morgan, an attorney for the mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, promised a "crusade" against bullying during a press conference today in Orlando. … [Read more...]

Spike Lee Asks Florida Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Zimmerman Address Tweet

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Spike Lee has asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman. Lee's attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. The director's attorneys argued the lawsuit should be tossed out since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year. "The court should dismiss this case because plaintiffs have already settled the claim of negligence," Lee's attorneys said. The McClains contend the settlement only covered damages through the March 2012 settlement date and didn't include suffering that occurred afterward, including the aftermath last July of Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The McClains received death threats and had to move out of their home … [Read more...]

Florida sheriff says state association ‘unequivocally’ supports the ‘stand your ground’ law

Florida’s "stand your ground" law has been controversial both statewide and nationally since the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. But Florida legislators show no sign of backing away from it. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee rejected a repeal of the law during a five-hour meeting Nov. 7, 2013. The hearing was led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who had previously vowed not to change "one damn comma" of the law. … [Read more...]