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Court throws out charities lawsuit against Pam Bondi

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Pam Bondi 9-6-2017

A Tallahassee judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Attorney General Pam Bondi that accused her of improperly coercing businesses to donate millions of dollars to unregistered charities. Those donations are part of settlements in consumer protection cases her office pursues under the “Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.” Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith, who was investigated on a consumer fraud allegation by Bondi’s office, filed suit over the practice. Since she first assumed office in 2011, Bondi’s office settled enforcement actions with 14…

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Appellate decision may not affect Northwood Centre case

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At first, it looked like a slam dunk. An appeals court on Thursday said the Department of Corrections isn’t liable for breaking a lease because the rent money wasn’t in the state budget. That sounded like it could take the legal steam from another ongoing dispute between owners of a Tallahassee office complex and several state agencies who bolted on their master lease. Gov. Rick Scott, in the 2016-17 state budget, approved stopping lease payments to Northwood Centre as of July 1, the start of the…

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DEO wants more money in business-loans case

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The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is asking a court to award it more money in a case stemming from a Legislature-created loan program to help companies rebound from the recession. The department asked Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll of Tallahassee to amend his final judgment against the Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida (BBIF) to add prejudgment interest of $201,792 and boost the total monetary award to nearly $1.3 million. The Department filed its motion Thursday. Its request followed an appellate decision that added prejudgment interest, money that accrues on…

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Jeff Greene is continuing libel suit against Times, Herald

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Billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald newspapers is still on after a court-ordered mediation in the case didn’t result in a settlement. Times attorney Alison Steele, a partner in the St. Petersburg law firm of Rahdert, Steele, Reynolds & Driscoll, told Florida Politics on Tuesday that Steele also has filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit. The new filing “amplified his allegations of a joint venture by the Times and Herald to derail Greene’s Senate candidacy,” she said…

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