Recent Cases & News

JAN 27
Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases Now Accepting Applications

The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases is seeking applicants for vacancies to be considered at the committee's July meeting.

You can read the article here.

JAN 25
Creed & Gowdy wins products-liability appeal in the Eleventh Circuit

Creed & Gowdy won a products-liability appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The case concerns a pelvic mesh manufactured by Coloplast Corp., which a jury found to be defectively designed. Coloplast appealed the $500,000 jury verdict for the plaintiff, and Bryan Gowdy and Dimitri Peteves successfully defended the verdict on appeal. You can listen to the oral argument here and read the court's decision here.

Law360 published its article about the court's decision on February 2.  You can find the article here (paywall).

JAN 12
Bryan Gowdy Appears as Panelist in ACS: Florida Supreme Court 2022 Year in Review

On January 12, 2023, Bryan Gowdy appeared as a panelist discussing civil cases at the virtual Florida Supreme Court 2022 Year in Review hosted by the American Constitution Society. Mr. Gowdy's co-panelists were Michael Ufferman, discussing criminal cases; and Maegen Peek Luka, discussing rule changes. The event was approved for 1 hour of CLE credit.  You can find a link to the recording here.   

DEC 30
Bryan Gowdy Comments on En Banc Appellate Decision

On December 30, 2022, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Drew Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County, Florida. Bryan Gowdy discussed with First Coast News the significance of that en banc decision and options going forward for Appellee Drew Adams. You can watch Mr. Gowdy's commentary here.

NOV 02
Reorganization of the District Courts of Appeal

Effective January 1, 2023, the state of Florida will add a sixth district court of appeal and reorganize other district courts. Appeals from the Fourth Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties, will be heard by the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, rather than the First District.

On November 2, 2022, the First District held its last oral arguments in Jacksonville. Bryan Gowdy and Rebecca Creed each argued cases. The First District then held a ceremonial session recognizing the contributions of appellate judges and lawyers hailing from the Fourth Judicial Circuit.  

A detailed article on the transition, including details of the appointment and reorganization of judges, can be found here: