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Could Daubert be Dying in Florida?

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in In Re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code, No. SC16-181, in which the court declined to adopt the Daubert standard, on procedural grounds, for...more

Florida Lawmakers Seek to Bring Virtual Currency into the Fold

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, the state of Florida moved a step closer towards amending its money laundering statute to include the nefarious use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The bill, H.B. 1379, has sailed through a committee vote...more

Can't Touch This! Florida Supreme Court Says Attorney-Client Privelege Protects Lawyer Referrals to Doctor

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Most Florida courts have permitted defendants to explore the relationship between plaintiff firms and the medical providers to whom they refer their clients. Unfortunately, in a 4-3 decision earlier this month, the Florida...more

Establishing Entitlement to Punitive Damages: The Not So Puny Standard

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Punitive damages may be awarded in civil actions as a form of punishment to deter others from engaging in conduct similar to the defendant. Punitive damages are only available for certain claims, such as intentional torts,...more

Florida Fraudsters Take Advantage of the Delay in Florida’s Implementation of Amendment 2

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Amendment 2 passed back in November 2016, but the Florida Legislature is moving slowly to implement the necessary regulations for medical marijuana to get to the marketplace. ...more

Oportunidad adicional para una mayor extensión de permisos de construcción y órdenes de desarrollo

Debido a la reciente declaración del gobernador Scott acerca del estado de emergencia por el virus del Zika, quienes cuenten con permisos y órdenes de desarrollo tienen otra oportunidad para suspender el período restante para...more

New P3 Opportunities for Government Technology

Although public-private partnerships (P3s) are frequently associated with physical infrastructure, P3s are inherently flexible and can be utilized for the time and cost-effective delivery of virtually any public good or...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders

Due to Governor Scott’s recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

Recovery of Prejudgment Interest in Negligence Actions in Florida

Florida legislators are considering a bill that would allow Plaintiffs to recover prejudgment interest (“PJI”) in negligence actions. Exposure for Defendants may increase significantly if these legislative efforts are...more

Florida Entertains Multiple Medical Marijuana Plans

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last month, I posted about one Florida House proposal to implement Amendment 2 (which legalized medical marijuana). Thereafter, several other bills have been put forward and one in the House, HB 1397, has now passed...more

Will Florida Cease to be the “Sunshine State” for Franchising? (Part 2/2)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today, we continue our look at proposed changes to Florida’s franchise laws, including proposed changes in transferring franchised businesses, franchisor repurchase obligations and other miscellaneous changes...more

Will Florida Cease to be the “Sunshine State” For Franchising? 1/2

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Two state legislators from Florida recently introduced a bill entitled “Protect Florida Small Business Act” (the “Act”), which could actually have the exact opposite effect on franchise relationships in Florida. While many...more

Florida Court: State Law Does Not Allow Local Minimum Wage Ordinances

Miami Beach’s new minimum wage law, which is intended to raise the mandatory citywide wage to $13.31 by 2021, was struck down on Tuesday by a Miami-Dade circuit court judge who ruled that the ordinance was preempted by state...more

Florida High Court Clarifies When an Insured Is Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees When an Insurer Initially Denies a Sinkhole Claim

by Sedgwick LLP on

In Johnson v. Omega Insurance Co., 200 So. 3d 1207 (Fla. 2016), the Florida Supreme Court held that an insured was entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees under section 627.428, Florida Statutes and the confession of judgment...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part II

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

A foreclosure judgment, followed by sale of the mortgaged property, doesn’t necessarily end a foreclosure case. If the sale proceeds don’t fully pay the debt, the next step is a money judgment against the borrower for the...more

Still No “Free House” in Florida – Florida Supreme Court Denies Motions for Rehearing in Bartram

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court solidified the position of its November 3, 2016 opinion in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1266, 2016 WL 6538647 by denying the motions for rehearing filed in response to the...more

The Option to Repair: Making it Work

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Florida homeowner insurers are seeing a significant increase in claims and litigation and are seeking ways to avoid costly litigation and expedite the claims process for their insureds. One option for the insurer is to...more

2017 Florida State Legislature to Consider Bills Aimed at Assignments of Benefits, Water Losses, Appraisers, and Umpires

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session convened on March 7. Of particular interest to property insurers are the following bills, which we are closely watching: SB 944, proposing licensing requirements upon appraisers and...more

Florida Department Of Revenue Issues Advisement Determining That A Reinsurer And Its Cedents Did Not Have Nexus In Florida For Tax...

by Carlton Fields on

On January 13, 2017, the Florida Department of Revenue issued a Technical Assistance Advisement regarding whether a reinsurer had nexus with the state of Florida that would require it to file a corporate income tax return and...more

Importantes oportunidades de desarrollo inmobiliario para las P3 en el centro de Miami

El 7 de marzo, el alcalde del condado de Miami-Dade presentará un informe ante la Junta de comisionados del condado sobre propiedades del condado en el centro de Miami, que son propicias para el desarrollo junto con el sector...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects PSQIA Preemption of Florida Constitution

On January 31, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that adverse medical incident reports produced in accordance with Florida law cannot constitute confidential and privileged patient safety work product (PSWP) under the...more

Oportunidad de extender permisos y órdenes de desarrollo urbano durante casi 16 meses

Quienes cuenten con permisos u órdenes de desarrollo urbano tienen la oportunidad de suspender el período restante para ejercer derechos en virtud del permiso u orden durante casi 16 meses. La Sección 252.363 de los Estatutos...more

Florida Private Sector Whistleblower Must Show Actual Violation of Law

The Southern District of Florida recently held that to establish a prima facie case under the Florida Private Whistleblower Act (FWA), § 448.102(3), Fla. Stat., a plaintiff must show an actual violation of a law, rule or...more

Major P3 Real Estate Development Opportunities in Downtown Miami

On March 7, the Miami-Dade County Mayor will be presenting a report to the Board of County Commissioners on County-owned properties in downtown Miami that are ripe for joint development with the private sector. The upshot:...more

Opportunity to Extend Development Orders and Permits for Almost 16 Months

Holders of permits and development orders have the opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit or order for nearly 16 months. Section 252.363 of the Florida Statutes permits a tolling of...more

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