Recent Cases & News

AUG 04
Gray Thomas reviews ineffective public defense case for Florida Times Union

The Florida Times Union sought Gray Thomas' opinion on a recent case in Jacksonville, Florida in which ineffective public defense nulliefied a ten year sentence for a Jacksonville man. Read the full article here.

JUL 18
Updated - Creed and Gowdy files lawsuit challenging Florida’s illegal and unconstitutional Tampon Tax

Creed and Gowdy, along with co-counsel, Dana Brooks Cooper and E. Rose Kasweck of Barrett, Fasig & Brooks in Tallahassee, Florida and Jeffrey Kaliel and Sophia Goren of Tycko & Zavareei LLP in Washington, D.C., filed suit Wednesday, July 6, 2016 challenging Florida's "Tampon Tax." The complaint alleges the sales tax charged on tampons and sanitary pads - products used exclusively by women - is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

The State of Florida does not tax most medical items, including common household remedies. Florida does, however, tax tampons and pads, common household remedies that are necessary for women's health and used exclusively by women. Household remedies that are used by both sexes and which serve a similar absorbent function, such as bandages and gauze, are not taxed. Additionally, items used mostly by men, such as Rogaine, are not taxed. 

The lawsuit alleges that Florida's decision to charge and collect sales tax on tampons and pads violates the Equal Protection Clauses of the Florida and United States Constitutions because it denies women equal protection under the law by treating them differently and subjecting them to an unfair tax.

To read more about this case, follow the links below.

Barrett, Fasig & Brooks press release

Barrett, Fasig & Brooks press release distribution list

The Florida Times Union

News 4 Jax 

WCTV news interview with Plaintiff, Carlee Wendell

Tampa Bay Times interview with Plaintiff, Carlee Wendell

Tallahassee Democrat


Please contact our co-counsel Barrett, Fasig & Brooks or Tycko & Zavareei LLP if you would like to learn more or become a party to this case.

JUL 16
Tampa Bay Times interviews Plaintiff in Creed & Gowdy's "Tampon Tax" lawsuit

An article published in the Saturday edition of the Tampa Bay Times discusses why our client, Carlee Wendell, decided to file suit against the State of Florida for its illegal and unconstitutional Tampon Tax. Read the full article here.

For more information on our Tampon Tax case, click here

JUL 15
WCTV news segment on Tampon Tax

WCTV of Tallahassee filmed a news segment interviewing our client in the Tampon Tax lawsuit. See the video here.

For more information on the Tampon Tax case, click here. 

JUL 15
Creed & Gowdy Celebrates Double Victories in the 5th DCA

Rebecca Creed prevailed in the Fifth District Court of Appeal on a case in which the DCA dismissed a sovereign immunity appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Read the opinion here. Jessie Harrell and Bryan Gowdy also successfully invalidated another medical malpractice arbitration agreement. The court continued to agree that doctors' practice of requiring patients to sign arbitration agreements on terms different from those contained in the malpractice statutes violates public policy. To read the opinion, click here