Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal issued an opinion recently holding that filing a motion for extension of time does not suspend the deadline subject to the motion while the motion is pending.

While focusing specifically on the period of time subject to Florida’s proposal for settlement rules, the opinion is applicable to other deadlines and directly conflicts with prior case law from the Fifth District. Until the Florida Supreme Court weighs in, attorneys practicing in Florida state courts are subject to inconsistent applications of arguably one of the most imperative aspects of the practice of law: adherence to deadlines.

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