An article appearing in the April 3, 2020 edition of the Tallahassee Democrat, (a USA Today network newspaper) reported that a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge was suspended for accusing the agency’s director of engaging in ex parte communications.

On April 6th, 2020, an on-line publication, Law & Crime, writes about how ALJ John Van Laningham’s supervising judge, John MacIver, was accused by him of making improper “ex parte communications” and the reasons why. The case involves a horse racing-and-betting track, the enforcement agency’s broad interpretation of the law, and how the ALJ wrote about the agency’s actions and his supervising judge. The Hon. Van Laningham was thereafter served with charges involving his “insubordination and misconduct.”


A copy of SCF v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Case No. 19-4245RU, decided March 13, 2020, can be accessed here.

Originally posted here on 4/5/2020. Revised 4/8/2020.Post Divider