This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed an order that employees of the Navajo Nation fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The main issue on appeal was the extension of Federal Tort Claims Act coverage pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. In this personal injury case, the district court's opinion was upheld, holding the United States Government liable for damages. Creed & Gowdy handled this appeal with its co-counsel, Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki. You can read the opinion here.
Creed & Gowdy successfully overturned a trial court's refusal to enforce the exclusivity provision of a commercial tenant's lease. The First District Court of Appeal's decision allows the commercial tenant to continue operating the only full-service restaurant located within the landlord's shopping center. Briefing was handled by Rebecca Creed, who also argued before the First District on the tenant's behalf. The opinion can be found here.
The Supreme Court of Florida decided four cases ( Henry, Gridine, Falcon, and Horsley) that greatly enhance the rights of children who are convicted and sentenced in Florida's adult courts. Bryan Gowdy wrote two amicus briefs for the Court, located here and here, on behalf of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. You can read more about the cases at Jacksonville.com.
Bryan Gowdy will serve as a lecturer for the Florida Bar's Advanced Appellate Practice & Certification Review 2015 in Tampa, Florida on January 15, 2015. Bryan's lecture will focus on Federal Appellate Practice in Florida.
Creed & Gowdy successfully defended an order finding that a wife was not discriminated against when asked to sign a personal guarantee for a corporate loan. The Fourth District Court of Appeal agreed that the trial court's order was supported by competent, substantial evidence; accordingly, the wife's personal guarantee was enforceable. Jessie Harrell and Bryan Gowdy briefed the appeal. The opinion can be found here.