Fla. Court Finds Firms' Deal Void, Tosses Fee-Splitting Order

Law360 (September 25, 2020, 9:00 PM EDT) -- A sharply divided Florida appeals court panel on Friday tossed a ruling in a dispute over how to divide $3.16 million in contingency fees obtained by attorneys in a personal injury settlement, with the majority finding their agreement void because they did not comply with Florida Bar rules.

With its 2-1 decision, the appellate panel ordered the Sarasota County trial court to reverse a judgment ordering law firm Harmon Parker PA to pay Gerber Law Group PA the $390,000 that it allegedly underpaid and to enter a judgment in Harmon Parker's favor.

But the members of the panel — three Fifth District...

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