Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, March 30, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 30 March 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 877

weekly review for Law Practice Tips and Florida Insurance Law for Monday, March 30, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Florida Legal News: Florida law would limit jury awards in tobacco lawsuits
Nearly a decade ago, the Florida Supreme Court tossed out a $145 billion award in a class-action lawsuit against Big Tobacco, but not before giving plaintiffs a chance to individually pursue their claims.

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Florida Legal News: Florida Traffic Court Judges Dismiss 24,000 Red-Light Camera Cases
Two traffic court judges in Broward County, Fla., have dismissed some 24,000 pending red-light camera ticket cases totaling more than $6.3 million. The judges ruled this week that the program violates Florida law.

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Florida Fraud Law: What Florida businesses should do if their company data have been breached
On Dec. 16, 2014, a group of former Sony employees filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court in Los Angeles against Sony for negligently failing to protect its computer systems from hackers, resulting in the employees' personal information being leaked to the public, and potentially ending up in the hands of criminals. In addition, the former employees allege that Sony failed to adequately notify the employees that their confidential, personal information was breached. The Sony breach is the latest in a string of recent high-profile data thefts in the news. However, data theft is not only a threat to large multinational corporations such as Sony.

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Florida Insurance Law: Homeowners insurance policies dumped by Citizens
Florida's Citizens Property Insurance, which offers homeowners insurance coverage to consumers, has successfully shed the bulk of its policies over the past year. The state-run organization has been trying to depopulate itself of policies in order to address its financial issues, reducing its exposure to risks while becoming more stable and resilient against future natural disasters. The policies released by the organization have been picked up by private companies, which continue to provide consumers with homeowners insurance coverage.

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Florida Law News: Appellate Rules are amended
The Florida Supreme Court recently adopted amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.210 (Briefs). See In re Amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.210, No. SC15-146 (Fla. March 12, 2015). The amendments formalize the Court's longstanding practice of permitting appellate briefs filed in certain cases relating to the imposition of a sentence of death to exceed the standard page limits set out in rule 9.210 and provide page limits for appellate briefs in certain death penalty case types in which a notice of cross-appeal is filed.

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Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, March 23, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 23 March 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 858

weekly review for Law Practice Tips and Florida Insurance Law for Monday, March 23, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Florida Law News: Police body cameras could conflict with Florida's public records law
In another example of the unintended consequences of new technology, the use of body cameras on law enforcement officers is on a collision course with the state's public records law.  At issue: Who should be able to watch what the miniature cameras record?

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Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, March 20, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 20 March 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 879

weekly review for Law Practice Tips and Florida Insurance Law for Friday, March 20, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Florida Legal News: Florida Jury Instructions are amended
The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contracts and Business Cases submits this notice of republication for an amendment to Instruction 416.24, Florida Standard Jury Instruction Contract and Business Cases. This instruction was previously published on December 15, 2014, and as a result of the comments received was further amended. Interested parties have until April 15, to submit comments electronically.

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Florida Law News: Florida House bill would remove gay adoption ban from state law
The Republican-dominated Florida House quietly acknowledged Wednesday that gay people have the right to adopt children when they supported a bill amendment that removes a gay adoption ban from state law.  Martin Gill (pictured) was the original plaintiff in a challenge brought in 2009 by the ACLU that led to a ruling striking down Florida's ban on gay adoption. Gill and his partner had been raising two foster children since 2004, which they eventually adopted.
The vote came five years after an appeals court ruled that the state's gay-adoption ban is unconstitutional. Then-Gov. Charlie Crist refused to appeal the decision.

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Florida Insurance News: Insurance news for drone pilots shows coverage to get flying
Every day, thousands of drones fly low and high in the sky without receiving government approval, so the latest insurance news has shown that insurers have come up with their own safety regulations to help to fill the gap that has been left in place by official regulators.

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Florida News: Miami Mega Mall Would Be the Biggest in the U.S.
A developer's plan to build the nation's largest mega-mall in west Miami-Dade faced its first hurdle Tuesday. Miami-Dade Commissioners approved just a small step toward the mammoth mega-mall.

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