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Judge Karen Gievers. Handout photo Judge Karen Gievers. Handout photo

Leon Circuit Judge Karen Gievers spent one of her final days on the bench clashing with an attorney  facing disciplinary charges from the Florida Bar and involved in a dispute with former South Florida co-counsel.

During the April 25 hearing, Gievers denied Tallahassee attorney Phillip Timothy Howard’s motion for $750,000 in attorney fees and costs in Margaret Harris v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, an Engle progeny case that culminated in a $10 million verdict for the plaintiff. Although Howard served as counsel to Margaret Harris — who filed suit against R.J. Reynolds and alleged the company was liable for her late husband’s stomach cancer as well as his ensuing pain, suffering and death — the judge rejected his motion on several grounds, including his failure to advance the case and his subsequent firing by the plaintiff.

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Zach Schlein

Zach Schlein is a writer based in Miami. Originally from Montville, New Jersey, he holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and is the litigation reporter for Daily Business Review. He can be reached at his email address, [email protected]

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