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Florida Supreme Court Rejects More Rigorous Expert Testimony Standard

The federal court system and 36 states have adopted the so-called Daubert standard in place of the Frye standard when it comes to qualifying expert witnesses under the rules of evidence. In 2013, the Florida Legislature...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Florida (USAO-MDFL) prosecuted several civil health care fraud matters in 2016 and issued related press releases. A review of the USAO-MDFL’s criminal and...more

Supreme Court speaks on Daubert – says not much

Last week the supreme court issued its opinion on the recommendations of the Florida Bar Rules committee regarding the new Daubert statute. The supreme court noted there are “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of...more

Daubert Under the Microscope Again by Florida Courts

In a ruling that raises new issues about the adoption of the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert opinions in Florida state court, the Florida Supreme Court has declined to adopt, to the extent they are...more

Your property was hit with an ADA lawsuit – now what?

Over the last couple of years, Florida has seen a proliferation of lawsuits alleging violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Many of the cases are filed by “serial” filers – plaintiffs that...more

Surplus Insurers, Too, Can Rely on the Application to Interpret Policy

Section 627.419 of the Florida Statutes provides that “[e]very insurance contract shall be construed according to the entirety of its terms and conditions as set forth in the policy and as amplified, extended, or modified by...more

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs - Today, many universities own extensive patent portfolios that are managed by sophisticated tech transfer offices. Universities obtain these patents for many reasons, not the...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Daubert Statute to the Extent It Is "Procedural"

In a 4-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court today declined to adopt an amendment to section 90.702 of the Florida Evidence Code to the extent that the amendment is procedural. The applicable amendment adopted the Daubert...more

Amendment 7 Stands Its Ground Against the Federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

It is well known in Florida that Article X, Section 25 of the Florida Constitution (Amendment 7) provides patients with access to any adverse medical incident report (even involving other patients) created by healthcare...more

Amendment 7 Prevails Over Patient Safety Work Product Protections

On January 31, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the “Patient Safety Work Product” privilege cannot shield Florida health care providers from Amendment 7 requests. The court’s decision in Charles v. Southern Baptist...more

Florida Supreme Court: Federal PSQIA Does Not Pre-empt State's Constitution

In Charles v. Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc., published on Jan. 31, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) is not and was never intended to be a...more

New Executive Order for Hurricane Matthew Further Extends Tolling Period for Certain Permits and Approvals

Executive Order (EO) 17-16, issued by Governor Scott on January 26, 2017, provides a second 60-day extension of the state of emergency declared for Hurricane Matthew. The original 60-day emergency declaration (EO 16-230),...more

Appellate Court Restores Lis Pendens Protections in Do-Ober Decision

The tides have turned in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea as the Fourth District Court of Appeal recently reversed its decision and revived the full impact of Florida’s lis pendens statute. By withdrawing and replacing...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Jury’s Bad Faith Verdict

It feels like a black swan event: last month, in GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Harvey, No. 4D15-2724 (Fla. Ct. App. Jan. 4, 2017), a Florida appellate panel unanimously overturned a jury verdict, on the ground that the plaintiff’s...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 27, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Lis Pendens: a proper reading of Florida Statute section 48.23(1)(d) is that “when a foreclosure action is prosecuted to a judicial sale, that sale discharges all liens, whether...more

New court decision affects Florida foreclosures

Until late 2016, Florida appellate courts had not considered what happens to liens placed on property between a foreclosure final judgment and a foreclosure sale. However, an August 24, 2016 opinion issued by the Fourth DCA...more

Arbitration Enforcement? The Potential Expansion of Debt Collection

There’s a storm brewing in the Southern District of Florida, and plaintiffs’ attorneys are hoping it rains. Last week, a federal magistrate judge issued an order for the parties to submit supplemental authority on the...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 2017

In an order issued earlier this month, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in anon-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

Will Florida's Crazy PIP Litigation Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

Following an automobile accident, injured parties need immediate funds to pay for medical expenses. To ensure that injured persons have the ability to obtain necessary healthcare, Florida law requires auto insurers to...more

City of Orlando Passes New Drone Ordinance Effective Immediately

This week, the City of Orlando announced the passage of its new Drone Ordinance- the amended Section 43.02 of the Code of the City of Orlando (Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems- Restrictions on Operation). The ordinance...more

Fourth District Court of Appeal Breathes Life Back into Lis Pendens Statute

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal breathed life back into the lis pendens statute by reversing course in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-the-Sea. On a motion for rehearing, the Court withdrew and replaced its August 24,...more

La comisión del condado de Miami-Dade aprueba ordenanza de viviendas para trabajadores impulsadas a través de incentivos

El 20 de diciembre de 2016, la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Miami-Dade aprobó una ordenanza propuesta por la comisionada Barbara Jordan que dará incentivos a constructores para que ofrezcan unidades de vivienda a...more

Kardashians Kept Out of Arbitration (and other recent arbitration news)

Just three weeks into the year and already my pile of arbitration cases is a skyscraper! So, I will cover a lot of ground in this update. First, the headline. Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian moved to compel...more

Miami-Dade County Commission Approves Incentive-Driven Workforce Housing Ordinance

On December 20, 2016, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved an Ordinance proposed by Commissioner Barbara Jordan that provides incentives for builders to offer workforce housing units in new...more

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