Legal Updates

FLORIDA GEORGIA WATER WARS The U.S. Supreme Court, which has jurisdiction over the case, has agreed that it will hear final arguments over the flow of water throughout the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Unfortunately, they did not set a timetable so both states remain in a wait and see mode. The case has been litigated for over three decades.  

FACEBOOK Florida has joined a coalition of 45 other states in suing Facebook. The suit accuses the social media giant of exploiting its dominance in the digital marketplace and engaging in anti-competitive practices.   

NRA LOBBYIST The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer’s request for the Court to hear her appeal. A three-judge panel had previously rejected her request to overturn a lower court ruling against her in a defamation and stalking suit.  

NUISANCE CRIMINAL SENTENCES A Florida appeals court has ruled that judges cannot issue a “stay away” order banning people from the streets as part of their final sentences. The case stemmed from a homeless Miami-Dade man who had previously been arrested and pled guilty. The judge required him to avoid South Beach as part of his sentence. The following year, he was arrested and spent 57 days in jail for violating the order. South Beach businesses who have seen a large influx of homeless individuals supported the ban.