INSURANCE: HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE: SINKHOLE: INSURED IS NOT BOUND BY SCOPE OF REPAIRS RECOMMENDED BY INSURER’S ENGINEER; CIVIL PROCEDURE: SUMMARY JUDGMENT: SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR INSURER REVERSED BECAUSE THE PARTIES’ ENGINEERS DISAGREED ABOUT THE SCOPE OF APPRORIATE REPAIRS TO REMEDIATE SINKHOLE LOSS

Roker v. Tower Hill Preferred Insurance Company, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D764 (Fla. 2d DCA March 27, 2015)

When the insured’s engineer disagreed with the insurer’s engineer about the scope of appropriate repairs to remediate the insured’s sinkhole loss, the insurer invoked neutral appraisal, and the appraiser substantially agreed with the insurer’s engineer. As a result, … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

REAL ESTATE: MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE: CIVIL PROCEDURE: CONTINUANCE: UNTIMELY DISCLOSURE OF NEW WITNESSES AND EXHIBITS: NEW TRIAL: TRIAL COURT ABUSED DISCRETION BY DENYING PLAINTIFF’S UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE AND THEN VIOLATED DUE PROCESS BY ALLOWING PLAINTIFF TO CALL WITNESSES AND TO INTRODUCE EXHIBITS DISCLOSED ONLY FOUR DAYS BEFORE TRIAL

Reive v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D725 (Fla. 4th DCA March 25, 2015)

The plaintiff in a mortgage foreclosure filed a motion for continuance ten days before trial because a new loan servicer had been appointed and needed more time to review the loan documents. When the trial court denied … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

TORTS: WRONGFUL DEATH: PROBATE COURT LACKED JURISIDICTION TO REALLOCATE DAMAGES TO SURVIVORS BASED UPON THEIR PRETRIAL AGREEMENT: AN AWARD OF WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES TO SURVIVORS IS NOT PROPERTY OF THE ESTATE THAT INTERESTED PARTIES MAY AGREE TO REALLOCATE

Pitcher v. Waldo, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D726 (Fla. 4th DCA March 25, 2015)

The parents agreed to split wrongful death damages to survivors 60% to the mother and 40% to the father, but the jury awarded $1 million to the mother and only $100,000 to the father. The father filed a petition for declaratory … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

TORTS: WRONGFUL DEATH: PROBATE COURT LACKED JURISIDICTION TO REALLOCATE DAMAGES TO SURVIVORS BASED UPON THEIR PRETRIAL AGREEMENT: AN AWARD OF WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES TO SURVIVORS IS NOT PROPERTY OF THE ESTATE THAT INTERESTED PARTIES MAY AGREE TO REALLOCATE

Pitcher v. Waldo, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D726 (Fla. 4th DCA March 25, 2015)

The parents agreed to split wrongful death damages to survivors 60% to the mother and 40% to the father, but the jury awarded $1 million to the mother and only $100,000 to the father. The father filed a petition for declaratory … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

CIVIL PROCEDURE: TRIAL COURT LACKED JURISDICTION TO VACATE DISMISSAL FOR LACK OF PROSECUTION BECAUSE A TIMELY MOTION FOR REHEARING OR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT WAS NOT FILED AND THE TRIAL COURT’S ORDER DID NOT CONTAIN THE FINDINGS REQUIRED TO GRANT RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT

Aqua Life Corporation v. Reyes, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D752 (Fla. 3d DCA March 25, 2015)

Eighteen months after it dismissed a case for lack of prosecution, the trial court granted the plaintiff’s motion for status conference, vacated the order of dismissal, set the case for trial, and ordered the parties to attend mediation. The appellate … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...