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Fla. Appeals Court Upholds Lawyer’s $104,000 Fine for Sabotaging Med Mal Trial

May 17, 2023

An attorney with one of Florida’s largest insurance defense firms must pay more than $100,000 in sanctions after deliberately trying to sabotage a medical malpractice suit in order to win a mistrial, a Florida appeals court has decided.

The 6th District Court of Appeal upheld an Orlando circuit judge’s 2021 sanctions ruling against Jennings Hurt, a shareholder with Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan, a 50-year-old firm with more than 100 lawyers in liability and workers’ compensation defense.

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