Legal Updates

BALLOT POSITIONING A U.S. District Court judge struck down a 1951 law requiring that the political party in control of the Governor’s Office during an election year be listed first on ballots. Statistics have shown that the first ballot position receives a disproportionate number of votes, creating an unfair advantage.

BEST AND BRIGHTEST SETTLEMENT A $15.5 million settlement for the lawsuit brought by the Florida Education Association against the Florida Department of Education has been tentatively approved by a U.S. district court judge. The suit alleged racial discrimination in the method to distribute teacher bonuses.

CBD LABELING A Florida based CBD supplement company has asked a federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by consumers who claim that the company’s products do not contain the percentage of cannabidiol content their labels claim.

VEGAN BURGERS A vegan customer has filed suit in a U.S. district court against Burger King alleging that its meat free Impossible Burger is cooked on the same grill as meat burgers, thereby contaminating the Impossible Burger with meat byproducts.

CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT PROCESS Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is asking the Florida Supreme Court to reaffirm a previous Court ruling regarding the review process used for proposed constitutional amendments. Several of the new judges questioned the constitutionality of the Court reviewing and addressing the required financial impact statement.

NEW JUDGE REQUEST The Florida Supreme Court is recommending that the state create 10 new circuit and county judgeships next Session. The new judges would be located in Central and North Florida.