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Mendez v. Hampton Court Nursing Center, LLC  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: When Hampton Court Nursing Father admitted Father to its nursing home facility, Son and Hampton Court signed a a nursing home contract that included an arbitration clause. Father did not sign the contract. Son later file...

State v. Weeks  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-1856

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Defendant moved to dismiss the charge, contending that his rifle was a permissible antique firearm or “replica” thereof under Fla. Sta...

O.I.C.L. v. Fla. Dep’t of Children & Families  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-1570

Justia Opinion Summary: Two and a half months before Child’s eighteenth birthday, a private petition for an adjudication of dependency under Fla. Stat. 39.01(15)(a) and (e) was filed on Child’s behalf. The trial court denied the petition, rulin...

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Pruco Life Ins. Co.  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-382

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute over the validity of three stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) policies. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified two questions of Florida law to the Supre...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases – Instruction 29.24
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-1440
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-1453
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Probate Rules
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-1454
Wright v. City of Miami Gardens  
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-1518

Justia Opinion Summary: James Wright, who sought election for the office of Mayor in the City of Miami Gardens, tendered a check to qualify as a candidate for the office. The check was returned due to a banking error. After qualifying had ended...

Hall v. State  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC10-1335

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. After the Supreme Court decided in Atkins v. Virginia that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of a person with an intellectual disability, Appellant fil...

Poillot v. State  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-1691

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of a felony and sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections. As part of a work release program, Petitioner began employment with a construction company, working outside of the correct...

Smith v. State  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-782

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to twenty counts of transmitting child pornography to an undercover officer via the Internet. Defendant appealed, arguing that the use of a file-sharing program for the dissemination of child por...

In Re: Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-166
Graham v. State  
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation for touching the victim’s breasts and touching the victim’s buttocks. The court of appeal affirmed, concluding (1) the trial court did not err in r...

S.M. v. Fla. Dep’t of Children & Families  
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-2127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Mother to her three children. Although Mother conceded that grounds for termination of parental rights had been met, she...

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