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    The following summaries are drawn from briefs and lower court judgments. They are meant to provide a general idea of facts and issues presented in cases, and should not be considered official court documents. Facts and issues presented in these summaries should be checked for accuracy against records and briefs, available from the Court, which provide more specific information.

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    The Florida Bar v. Mark Enrique Rousso & The Florida Bar v. Leonardo Adrian Roth

    SC11-15 | SC11-16

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    Approx. 9:00
    In these disciplinary cases, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Rousso and Mr. Roth of misusing money held in trust for their clients and related ethical violations. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded they were not guilty of the trust fund violation but were guilty of failing to safeguard clients' funds, of disregarding conflicts of interest and of dishonesty. The referee recommends this Court suspend both attorneys temporarily from the practice of law. The attorneys support that recommendation; The Bar argues they should be disbarred permanently.
    Southeast Florida

    In re: Judicial Governance

    SC11-1374

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    9:30

    The Court considers comments on amendments it recently adopted to rules dealing with governance of the judicial branch. The changes were intended to strengthen governance, improve management and enhance communication so as to better fulfill the branch mission of protecting rights and liberties, upholding and interpreting the law and providing for the peaceful resolution of disputes. One of the changes created term limits for chief judges in Florida's 20 judicial circuits and five district courts of appeal. That change and several other amendments are the subject of the commentary.

    Statewide impact

    John Calvin Taylor, II v. State of Florida

    SC11-154 | SC11-2053

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    Approx. 10:10
    Mr. Taylor was convicted of the first-degree murder of Shannon Holzer, who was fatally stabbed in 1997. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Taylor filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Clay County

    Shahla M. Rabie Cortez v. Palace Resorts, Inc.

    SC11-1908

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    Approx. 10:50
    Ms. Rabie Cortez, a California woman assaulted during a vacation in Mexico, sued Palace Resorts in Florida. Ms. Rabie Cortez was attacked during a complimentary massage offered after a timeshare sales presentation. She accused Palace Resorts of negligence and justified the location of her lawsuit by pointing to the company's headquarters in Miami. Palace Resorts argued it did not manage the resort in Mexico and the case did not belong in a Florida court. The trial court dismissed the suit; the Third District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. Ms. Rabie Cortez asked this Court to review the case.
    Miami-Dade County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

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    In re: Amendments to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420

    SC11-2466

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    9:00

    The Florida Bar's Rules of Judicial Administration Committee has proposed changes to the rule governing public access to judicial branch records. The proposed amendments are designed to clarify the intent of rule changes the Court approved in 2010 to protect the confidentiality of certain categories of records as the courts move toward greater digital access of public records. In addition to clarifying the intent of the 2010 changes, the latest proposed amendments are designed to refine the procedures put in place at that time.

    Statewide impact

    Phillip Morris USA v. James L. Douglas

    SC12-617

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    Approx. 9:40
    In this wrongful death case, Mr. Douglas alleged that Philip Morris and other tobacco companies were liable for the death of his wife, Charlotte, a smoker who died of lung disease. The trial court let him rely on findings from an earlier class-action lawsuit about the liability of tobacco companies to smokers and their families. Mr. Douglas was awarded $2.5 million in compensation. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the judgment and also certified the dispute over Mr. Douglas' use of the earlier findings to be a question of great public importance for this Court's consideration.
    Hillsborough County

    Gary Michael Hilton v. State of Florida

    SC11-898

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    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Hilton was convicted of the kidnapping and first-degree murder of Cheryl Dunlap, who went missing in 2007. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Hilton to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Leon County

    Jose Lazaro Rodriguez v. Miami-Dade County

    SC11-1913

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    Approx. 11:30
    Mr. Rodriguez was shot by a police officer after a burglar alarm was triggered at Mr. Rodriguez's business. He sued the county, alleging negligence. The county argued it was shielded by sovereign immunity. The trial court denied the county's motion for summary judgment but the Third District Court of Appeal overturned that ruling. The 3rd DCA also certified conflict with decisions from other District Courts of Appeal pertaining to whether an appellate court can use certiorari jurisdiction to review this type of nonfinal order. Mr. Rodriguez asked this Court to review that decision.
    Miami-Dade County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, September 7, 2012

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    Rick Scott v. George Williams

    SC12-520

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    9:00 a.m.

    Mr. Williams and other public employees challenged a 2011 state law requiring state workers to contribute 3 percent of their pay toward their retirement and reducing future cost-of-living increases to pensions. A trial judge agreed the law violated different provisions of the Florida Constitution. The state appealed and the First District Court of appeal asked this Court to take the appeal immediately.

    Statewide impact

    In re: Amendments to Lawyer Advertising Rules

    SC11-1327

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    Approx. 9:40
    The Florida Bar has proposed completely new rules to govern lawyer advertising. The new rules would apply to all forms of advertising, including websites and Internet advertisements. The rules would also extend the requirement for pre-approval of advertisements, currently in place for TV and radio ads, to most media.
    Statewide impact

    Amanda Jean Hall v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

    SC11-1611

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    Removed from calendar
    Alachua County

    Gertrude Patrick v. Lionel Gatien

    SC11-1466

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    Approx. 10:40
    After losing vision in her left eye, Ms. Patrick sued her doctors, accusing them of medical malpractice. The doctors argued Ms. Patrick had not complied with deadlines in state law. The trial court granted the doctors a summary judgment. On appeal, the First District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling. Ms. Patrick asked this Court to review that decision.
    Duval County