Recent Cases & News

FEB 21
Students against “Tampon Tax”

Students from Armwood High School went to Tallahassee this week with hopes to encourage lawmakers to end the sales tax on feminine hygiene products. On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the students met with lawmakers prior to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. The students attended the committee meeting to discuss the importance of the "Tampon Tax" bills and encourage lawmakers to co-sponsor the legislation.

To read the full article, click here

FEB 01
Bryan Gowdy Wins in the Florida Supreme Court over Medical Records Dispute

On January 31, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion overturning a decision by the First District Court of Appeal, which said a federal patient-safety law shielded the hospital system from disclosing important records during a medical malpractice lawsuit. Bryan Gowdy argued on behalf of the plaintiff in the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. 

Read the opinion here.

For additional information:


Bryan Gowdy argues in Florida Supreme Court over medical records dispute

Bryan Gowdy prepares for oral argument in Florida Supreme Court

FEB 01
Creed & Gowdy Supports Contract Rights in the Supreme Court of Florida

When a person sues the State of Florida, there's a limit on how much they can recover unless the Legislature approves what is known as "Claim Bill." In one case, a law firm worked for years to obtain a large verdict for a brain-damaged man, and spent considerable time and money getting the Legislature to approve the $15 million award through the Claim Bill process. When the Legislature approved the Claim Bill, they limited the amount that could be paid to the attorneys to less than 1% of the recovery ($100,000), even though the family had agreed to pay 25% and wanted to abide by their contract. This meant that the law firm would actually lose hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the significant costs and time they had invested in the case. Creed & Gowdy filed an amicus brief (acting as a "friend of the court") in the Supreme Court of Florida to support the contract rights of the parties. As a practical matter, no person seriously injured by the negligence of a State employee would ever find representation if the Legislature had the unilateral right to void a fee agreement and tell attorneys after-the-fact that their services were rendered pro bono. Consistent with our arguments, the Court held (4-3) that while the Legislature has complete discretion to approve or deny the Claim Bill, it can't impair the preexisting contract rights between an attorney and client.

Read the opinion here.

JAN 25
One step closer to eliminating unconstitutional "tampon tax"

Our client, Meredith Johnson, and attorney Bryan Gowdy sat down with  First Coast News to discuss the progress of the unconstitutional "tampon tax" law suit filed last summer, after a measure to end the tax was unanimously approved Monday by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee. Watch the interview:

Proposed bill seeks to eliminate 'Tampon Tax'

Click here for more information on the law suit. 

DEC 22
Creed & Gowdy wins arbitration appeal in Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court found that a medical malpractice arbitration agreement between our client and the Petitioners is void because it selectively included provisions from the Medical Malpractice Act that were only favorable to the doctors, going against the legislative intent of the Act. Jessie Harrell completed briefing for this case and Bryan Gowdy presented oral argument. Read the opinion here

Media coverage:

Arbitration agreement rejected in med mal case - News4Jax

Fla. High Court Voids One-Sided Med Mal Arbitration - Law 360 (subscription needed)