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Pam Bondi wants to protect ‘military consumers’

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Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday announced a new consumer protection program “that will serve the unique needs of our military and veteran communities and directly assist with consumer protection-related issues.” The Military and Veterans Assistance Program (MVAP) is Bondi’s “most recent effort to spread awareness of and stop deceptive business practices affecting military service members, veterans and their families,” according to a press release. “Florida has more than 90,000 active duty and reserve military members and more than 1.5…

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Personnel note: Rob Johnson joins The Mayernick Group

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Rob Johnson, a long-time, respected policy advisor and legislative affairs director, has left the Attorney General’s Office to join The Mayernick Group. “The Mayernick Group is excited that Rob is joining as a partner in our firm,” said Frank Mayernick in a statement. “We have experienced significant growth and know that as a well-respected professional, Rob has strong relationships and knowledge of the process that will help us continue to serve our current and future clients. Long on the wish…

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1st DCA overturns state prosecutors’ arson case against 11-year-old

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A trio of state appeals court judges on Wednesday overturned a lower court’s decision in the case against an 11-year-old boy who accidentally set fire to his father’s shed in 2014. In an opinion penned by Judge Clayton Roberts, the court found a motion to dismiss the case in Duval Circuit Court should have been granted, as state prosecutors failed to build a prima facie case for applying the crime of arson to the boy’s actions. While left in the care of…

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