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Fed lawyers deciding next step in Donald Trump travel ban fight

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Government lawyers fighting to defend President Donald Trump‘s executive order on immigration said Friday that “all options” are being considered after a federal appeals court ruled against the president’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. A Justice Department lawyer who spoke at a hearing in Virginia said the administration was weighing whether to challenge a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a temporary block on Trump’s ban, saying it was unlikely to survive a legal…

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Bill again targets attorney fees in public records cases

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A bill that would give judges the discretion to award attorney fees in public records lawsuits was refiled Wednesday in the Florida Legislature. New state Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican and lawyer, is again behind the legislation (SB 80). He backed a version of the bill last session as a state representative. It passed the Senate unanimously but died in the House. The measure changes the word “shall” to “may” regarding courts awarding legal fees when an “agency (has) unlawfully…

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Donald Trump, former campaign aide settle confidentiality dispute

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Donald Trump has settled a $10 million legal dispute with a former political consultant he had accused of violating a nondisclosure agreement. Terms of the settlement, which included a counter lawsuit against Trump, were confidential. The decision brings to a close the latest move by the GOP presidential nominee to aggressively enforce terms of confidentiality agreements he requires nearly every employee to sign. Trump had sought $10 million in damages from Sam Nunberg after accusing the former aide of leaking information to reporters…

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Hillary Clinton campaign reports 34.2 percent tax rate

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Hillary Clinton‘s campaign says the Democratic nominee and her husband paid a federal tax rate of 34.2 percent and donated 9.8 percent of their income to charity last year. The Clintons are releasing their 2015 filings on Friday. Her campaign is also releasing returns from running mate Tim Kaine and his wife. The campaign says the Kaines have donated 7.5 percent of their income to charity over the last decade. They paid an effective tax rate of 25.6 percent in…

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Mark Wilson says assignment of benefits next big Florida Chamber insurance priority

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Opening the Florida Chamber’s annual Insurance Summit in Orlando, Chamber CEO Mark Wilson told the assembled crowd of insurance agents and industry advocates that a nasty battle is brewing between insurers and “billboard trial lawyers” – and that he intends to help insurers win. Speaking in Central Florida, which he said leads the world in advertisements for trial attorneys, Wilson said that lawsuits involving so-called “assignment of benefits” – whereby a policyholder designates a third party to collect benefits from an insurance…

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Pinellas judge accused of over-reacting

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A Pinellas court judge’s attention to fairness is once again being called into question after having a woman in her courtroom arrested for “threats” of physical harm. Judge Susan Bedinghaus was presiding over a hearing for 19-year old Sherrod Robinson for charges of robbery with a firearm. The felony charge comes with a possible life sentence. Lawyers representing Robinson requested a reduced bond, but were denied. It was then his 22-year old sister, LaPorsha Robinson, exclaimed from the gallery, “are…

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Owner of high-end condo is being sued for drunken obnoxiousness

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It’s not your usual take on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Typically problems facing people who own half-million-dollar condos include first world problems like where to park their BMW without it getting dinged by a lesser breed of car. That’s not the case for 58-year-old Brian Daly, who is being sued by his neighbor, mostly for being an obnoxious jerk. As of last summer, police had responded to Daly’s 24th-floor condo in downtown St. Pete’s Signature Tower a whopping…

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