JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Estate of Neu

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Estate of Neu, --- So.3d ---, 2014 WL 51637 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)

The principle of priority is the idea that where two courts have concurrent jurisdiction over a cause of action, the first court to exercise jurisdiction has the exclusive right to hear all issues or questions arising in the case.  This often results in a "race to the courthouse" for litigants who may have a preference as to which court they want their action heard by.  Here, the Broward court entered an order directing the disbursement of sales proceeds from the sale of a home, while a declaratory action was already pending in Palm Beach County which would resolve the issues.  The Court held that the Broward court should have stayed their action until the resolution of the Palm Beach action.   


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