On March 28, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in DK Arena, Inc. v. EB Acquisitions, LLC, which upheld the Statute of Frauds in the face of a claim of equitable estoppel. My colleague, Alan Kluger, previously blogged about a Third District court of Appeals decision, LaRue v. Kalex Construction Development, Inc., et. al., that tackled a similar issue.
Last week, the Florida Supreme Court put the final nail in the coffin of the dying economic loss rule. In the landmark case Tiara Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Marsh & Mclennan Co., Inc., the Florida Supreme Court took advantage of a certified question from the 11th Circuit to hold that ”the application of the economic loss rule is limited to products liability cases.”
A recent Supreme Court ruling in Chafin v. Chafin sets the stage for future custody battles where one parent is not a U.S. citizen. In Chafin, the wife is a citizen of the United Kingdom and the husband is a U.S. citizen and a sergeant in the U.S. army. When Mr. Chafin returned from a tour in Afghanistan in early 2010, he was relocated to Alabama. Ms. Chafin had been residing in Scotland with the couple’s minor child while Mr. Chafin was deployed. Soon after returning, he filed for divorce in Alabama state court.
Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Delmonico v. Traynor. To briefly recap the facts, Traynor represented his clients in a defamation case filed by Delmonico. In the course of his case investigation, Traynor interviewed potential witnesses and allegedly told them that Delmonico was being prosecuted for prostitution. Delmonico claimed that he lost customers as a result of the comments and sued Traynor for defamation. The 4th DCA granted Traynor’s motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the the statements made while interviewing a witness in connection with a pending litigation are absolutely privileged.
Approval ratings are nothing new for the American public. While we’re accustomed to watching our elected officials’ approval ratings rise and fall. Still, it is surprising to see the nations highest court being questioned.
The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts has been called “The Business Court,” due to an assortment of recent decision. Alan Kluger of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen, & Levine weighs in on the the Supreme Court’s declining approval rating.
“Trial lawyer Alan Kluger, a partner at Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen, & Levine in Miami, said, “At least in my life — and I have been a lawyer since 1975 — I have never seen the Supreme Court as political as it is now. ”
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