Texting A Witness Ruled Grounds For Dismissal In Fla.

By Erin Fuchs (July 9, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a fight over a property sale between two Sunshine State developers, saying the plaintiff committed blatant fraud by sending text messages to a testifying witness.

The Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of Sky Development Inc.'s suit alleging Vista View Development Inc. misrepresented a mix of units when it sold Sky six buildings.

A circuit judge dismissed the suit after an officer of Sky was caught texting a witness at trial, and the Third Circuit found that the lower court didn't abuse its...

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