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...]

Fitch: Florida Law Could Provide Boost for P&C Insurers

New laws designed to reduce loss cost volatility and claims fraud in the Florida no-fault auto insurance system, commonly referred to as PIP, which stands for personal injury protection, would be a credit positive for property/casualty insurers, according to Fitch Ratings. Among all U.S. states, Florida has generated the fifth-worst direct underwriting results in private passenger automobile insurance in the five-year period from 2008 to 2012. -- INSURANCE NETWORKING NEWS … [Read more...]

ACF water study to proceed but remain under wraps

Fla. lawsuit complicates release of river basin data By JEFF GILL -- A water study involving the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin will resume, but the private group funding the effort may put the clamps on information being released until the study is finished. The ACF Stakeholders had stopped the work out of concerns that information could create a dicey situation in the wake of a Florida lawsuit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court alleging overconsumption of water in the basin, which includes Lake Lanier in the north. In an Oct. 3 vote, the group’s governing board voted to ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to “delay any further legal action.” Then, in a teleconference last week, some 45 governing board members passed a resolution to proceed with the study being conducted by Georgia Tech’s Georgia Water Resources … [Read more...]

Appeals court sorts out Florida law relating to bullying

ROGER WEEDER - JACKSONVILLE -- A Florida appeals court arrived in Jacksonville to hear arguments on a local case of bullying where a teenager was injured and the judge banned the accused attacker from attending any public school in Duval County. Judge Henry Davis' ruling this spring banning the teen was reversed, but that decision was appealed resulting in the First District Court of Appeals reviewing the law. Three judges who are on the appeals bench heard 40 minutes of oral arguments at the Florida Coastal School of Law. The arguments zeroed in on the rights of parents, the role of the court and the meaning of the law.   … [Read more...]

True the Vote Files Lawsuit in Florida

By KURT HYDE -- True the Vote announced the filing of a lawsuit for public access to election records in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. In a prepared statement available on the organization’s website, True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht explained steps that have been taken by True the Vote volunteers to audit the results of the controversial contest between then-incumbent Congressman Allen West and challenger Patrick Murphy. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Pierce, Florida, is based in part on Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, commonly known as the Motor Voter Act. The complaint filed with the court says: Under Section 8 of the NVRA, election officials “shall maintain for at least 2 years and shall make available for public inspection and, where available, photocopying at a reasonable cost, all records concerning the … [Read more...]