Florida Cases To Watch In 2019

Law360 (January 1, 2019, 12:03 PM EST) -- Florida state appellate courts will be busy in the coming year tackling thorny disputes on local minimum wage ordinances, insurance assignment of benefits practices and medical marijuana.

Attorneys are also keeping an eye on the upcoming changes at the Florida Supreme Court, where the three most liberal justices — Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis — are retiring and will be replaced by appointees from incoming Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

Katherine Giddings, deputy chair of the litigation practice group at Akerman LLP, said many of the court's big decisions have split 4-3.

"I suspect a lot of people...

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