Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko threw out a 5-year-old defamation lawsuit brought by Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson against a Miami law firm that won a judgment against her.

The firm of Stewart Tilghman Fox & Bianchi and attorneys Larry Stewart, Todd Stewart and William Hearon were sued by Watson after Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow entered a $1 million judgment against her. He found her law firm was unjustly enriched by its participation in a secret $14.5 million settlement with Progressive Insurance.

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