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One of our legal helpers noticed that Florida attorney Ken Dandar — who was recently hit by Scientology with a $1 million state court judgment in a bizarre legal case — has a hearing set in his federal lawsuit which he’s hoping will put the kibosh on the state court result. Confusing? You bet.
TX Lawyer • an hour ago
Judge Hernandez wants to know whether she has the authority to hear this case, given that it's already been decided in the Florida state courts. Basically, the issue seems to be whether Dandar has raised an exception to the rule that federal courts don't get to second-guess state courts. IIRC, Dandar is alleging that the state courts are in bed with Scientology, which may be enough to get him past the abstention doctrine. It's a close call, in my completely uninformed estimation.