The Florida Supreme Court has moved Laura Watson from the 17th Circuit bench for conduct committed before she became a judge. According to the opinion, which is unanimous and unsigned, the Court found that Ms. Watson engaged in conduct designed to help herself and her partner to the detriment of co-counsel and her clients in bad-faith litigation against Flo and Progressive Insurance Company.
The actions of Ms. Watson were especially egregious, and should ultimately result in her disbarment. The conduct started in 2002, and the investigation by the Bar started in 2012. Seeking to pull a Rick Scott (avoid prosecution for conduct committed before taking office by getting elected) she ran for judge. Much to her displeasure, upon her election the matter was transferred to the JQC. She fought the charges against her with the scorched earth litigation style for which she was known. The docket is voluminous.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
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