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Allen v. State  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: SC17-1623

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding, among other things, that Appellant’s attorney was not ineffectiv...

Thompson v. State  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: SC18-1435

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the postconviction court denying Appellant’s motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Hurst v. State, 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), did not apply retroactively to...

Williams v. State  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC16-2170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved in part and quashed in part the decision of the Second District Court of Appeal in this case and remanded the case for further proceedings, holding that the trial court erred in denying Appella...

Glass v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC17-1387

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal on the question of whether a voluntary dismissal provides a basis for being considered the prevailing party for the purpose of appellate attor...

Wheaton v. Wheaton  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC17-716

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the decision of the Third District Court of Appeal regarding whether proposals for settlement made pursuant to Fla. Stat. 768.79 and Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.442 must comply with the email service prov...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases - Report 2018-09
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC18-1692
Citizens for Strong Schools, Inc. v. State Board of Education  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC18-67

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved the result reached by the First District Court of Appeal affirming the trial court’s rejection of Petitioners’ challenge to the State’s K-12 public education system based on the State’s alleged...

Orange County, Florida v. Singh  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC18-79

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the decision of the Fifth District Court of Appeal expressly construing a provision of the Florida Constitution and upheld the validity of an ordinance proposing an amendment to the Orange Count...

Reese v. State  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SC18-815

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying in part and dismissing in part Appellant’s successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Appellant was not entit...

Anil Desai, M.D. v. Lawnwood Medical Center, Inc.
Date: December 28, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1493
Trial Practices, Inc. v. Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP  
Date: December 28, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-2058

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted a question certified to it by the Second District Court of Appeal as to whether the pre-2014 version of Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 4-3.4(b) prevents the prevailing party in the underlying...

Damas v. State  
Date: December 28, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-2062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of first-degree murder and six sentences of death, holding that no reversible error occurred in the proceedings below and that each of the death sentences was appropriat...

Foster v. State  
Date: December 28, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-2198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the postconviction court’s summary denial of Appellant’s claim of intellectual disability, raised pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Hall v. Florida, 572 U.S. 701 (2014)...

Duckett v. State  
Date: December 28, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-1190

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s order denying Appellant’s motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Appellant was not entitled to relief under the United States Supreme Court’s d...

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