Civil procedure -- Discovery -- Attorney-client privilege -- Trial court departed from essential requirements of law in compelling production of attorney-client privileged documents on basis that documents were relevant and contained information that could not reasonably be obtained from another source -- Unlike the work product doctrine, attorney-client privilege is not defeated by an opponent's showing of relevance and necessity
FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY, Petitioner, v. MARK W. HICKS, Respondent. 4th District.
Dissolution of marriage -- Income -- Attorney's fees -- Trial court abused discretion by imputing income equal to minimum wage for a forty-hour workweek to former wife, without considering her pay from Army Reserves, while including in husband's income his pension and disability benefits in addition to a full-time imputed minimum wage -- It was improper to consider former husband's secondary sources of income while ignoring former wife's -- It was error to award former wife attorney's fees where no evidence supported the reasonableness of the fee award -- On remand, trial court to conduct evidentiary hearing on reasonableness of fees
ROGER HARRIS, Appellant, v. MARY L. HARRIS, Appellee. 5th District.
Injunctions -- Repeat violence -- Modification -- Where respondent was incarcerated and properly brought to trial court's attention his desire to appear telephonically for hearing, and trial court noted that respondent was to appear telephonically but failed to issue order directed to Department of Corrections requiring respondent to appear telephonically at specified time and date, trial court erred in denying motion for modification of injunction when respondent failed to appear telephonically on date of hearing -- Remand for further proceedings
JERRY W. HAVENNER, Appellant, v. DEBORA HUTCHINSON, Appellee. 1st District.
Injunctions -- Stalking -- Cyberstalking -- Error to enter final judgment of injunction for protection against stalking where evidence did not establish two incidents of stalking -- Single blog posting disclosing petitioner's involvement in affair with respondent's husband not sufficient to support injunction
Mandamus -- Criminal law -- Parole -- Challenge to continued suspension of presumptive parole release date by Commission on Offender Review -- Permitting sentencing court to raise objections to petitioner's release on parole pursuant to section 947.1745(6) did not violate ex post facto clauses of state and federal constitutions, although statute was not in existence at time petitioner was convicted
WILLIAM INMON, Petitioner, v. FLORIDA COMMISSION ON OFFENDER REVIEW, Respondent. 1st District.
Name change -- Petition for name change was facially insufficient where petitioner, a state prisoner, admitted that his civil rights were suspended -- Claim that denial of petition substantially burdens exercise of religion, in violation of federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, is without merit -- RLUIPA does not apply to claim brought under state statute that applies to all persons petitioning for name change, not merely those incarcerated within correctional institution
JESSE C. HARRELL a/k/a JESSE CLEVELAND HUNTER, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. 4th District.
Torts -- Automobile accident -- Attorney's fees -- Proposal for settlement -- Proposal for settlement by one plaintiff which would resolve loss of consortium claim of offering plaintiff's husband in addition to claim of offering plaintiff was a joint proposal, and was invalid because it did not apportion the amount between the plaintiffs
VALERIE AUDIFFRED, Petitioner, v. THOMAS B. ARNOLD, Respondent. Supreme Court of Florida.
Torts -- Automobile accident -- Rear-end collision -- Damages -- Mental anguish and financial hardship -- Trial court erred in allowing evidence regarding mental anguish plaintiff suffered from defendant's desire to leave accident scene, a minor auto collision, defendant's failure to apologize to plaintiff, and defendant's delay in admitting negligence until just prior to trial and in admitting evidence of plaintiff's financial problems following accident -- Error cannot be considered harmless under new standard announced by supreme court in Special v. West Boca Medical Center where plaintiff cannot prove that there is no reasonable possibility that error complained of contributed to verdict in which jury awarded over $1 million in damages to plaintiff whom testimony revealed had pre-existing symptoms similar to those he claimed in instant case -- Damages -- Set-off -- Collateral source -- Unemployment compensation benefits are not specifically listed in collateral source statute and cannot be interpreted as a collateral source under any of its provisions -- Trial court erred in setting off those benefits from final judgment
YEINSON TORRES HURTADO and VIVIANA HURTADO ESCOBAR, Appellants, v. NIGEL DESOUZA, Appellee. 4th District.
Torts -- Dismissal -- Appeal from written order denying motion to dismiss without differentiating between grounds for dismissal asserted in motion, which sought dismissal for failure to state cause of action and for lack of personal jurisdiction -- Error to deny motion to dismiss without affording parties opportunity for full hearing on merits of defendant's jurisdictional objection
BLOGWIRE HUNGARY SZELLEMI ALKOTáST HASZNOSíTó, KFT, a/k/a GAWKER MEDIA, Appellant, v. TERRY GENE BOLLEA, p/k/a HULK HOGAN; HEATHER CLEM; GAWKER MEDIA, LLC, a/k/a GAWKER MEDIA; NICK DENTON; A.J. DAULERIO; and GAWKER MEDIA GROUP, INC., a/k/a GAWKER MEDIA, Appellees. 2nd District.
Torts -- Negligent hiring and retention -- Attorney's fees -- Proposal for settlement -- Joint proposal for settlement by two defendants was invalid where it did not apportion the amount attributable to each offeror -- It was error to award attorney's fees to defendant pursuant to offer of judgment statute
ANCEL PRATT, JR., Petitioner, v. MICHAEL C. WEISS, D.O., et al., Respondents. Supreme Court of Florida.
Torts -- Workers' compensation immunity -- Action by subcontractor's employee against defendant that rented scissor lifts to other subcontractors on project -- Because defendant was not a subcontractor, it was error to grant summary judgment for defendant on the basis of horizontal immunity under workers' compensation law
WILSON CICERON and ROSIE CICERON, his wife, Appellants, v. SUNBELT RENTALS, INC., Appellee. 4th District.
Trusts -- Reformation of revocable trust -- Trust is subject to reformation to correct draftsman's error in failing to include schedule of beneficial interests -- Trial court erred in finding that trust was never created and was void ab initio because there were no definite beneficiaries of the purported trust -- Trust was valid and subject to reformation where it clearly designated settlor as beneficiary during her lifetime -- Although, in absence of reformation, failure of trust to designate any remainder beneficiaries would result in merger so that successor trustee would hold trust assets upon a resulting trust for the benefit of decedent's estate, that does not mean that reformation to supply names of remainder beneficiaries is unavailable -- Reformation of a trust is available to avoid what would otherwise result in a merger
DENISE L. MEGIEL-ROLLO, Individually and as Trustee of the P.M. REVOCABLE TRUST dated July 29, 1997, Appellant, v. SHARON J. MEGIEL, ROBERT MICHAEL MEGIEL, DANIEL MEGIEL, and ANDREA MEGIEL, Appellees. 2nd District.
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