Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, June 26, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 26 June 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 805

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, June 26, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Florida Insurance News: Global climate change predictions
Labor productivity would dwindle as workers wilt in the heat. Summers in Illinois would feel like a Louisiana swamp. Epic downpours and surging seas of the future would leave $5 trillion in losses. And worsening air quality would result in 57,000 premature deaths in 2100.

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Miamilawyer1.com adds David Hagen, Esq. as Miami Personal Injury Lawyer
Dave routinely works on a wide-range of personal injury matters, including roadway construction negligence, wrongful death, auto accidents, products liability, and professional liability. He is committed to protecting the rights of those who have been injured due to the negligence of others, working vigorously to obtain fair and just compensation for them so that they have a chance at returning to a normal life. Additionally, Dave believes holding people and organizations accountable for their negligent acts helps everyone by raising awareness for safety concerns and propelling change for the better.

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Legal Marketing Tips: LegalPad as blogging platform
If you are not already familiar with using blogging platforms like WordPress and/or you just do not want to set up your own blog, LegalPad provides a relatively robust place for your legal writing. It comes with the usual blogging tools: the ability to use create headers, use basic HTML commands, create hotlinks to other websites, and embed documents and photos. However, where LegalPad excels is in its ability to integrate cases and other legal documents. You can bookmark cases already found in Casetext and import them into your post. While in the middle of a post draft, you can consult cases without hopping out. You can highlight quotes from a case and cut and paste them into your post and they will come complete with pincites – just like Westlaw.

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Legal News Update: 6 Decisions Coming from Supreme Court Over Next Few Days
The U.S. Supreme Court is saving the best for last.

The nation's top court will issue a series of major rulings over the next several days as it closes its nine-month term. In addition to landmark gay-marriage and Obamacare cases, the court will decide on potentially far-reaching disputes involving housing discrimination, redistricting, air pollution and lethal injection.

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Florida Law Updates: GPS tracking devices restricted under Florida Law
The web is full of ads for cheap but powerful tracking devices with lots of suggested uses, like tracking a piece of luggage, a package or a child.
"Put one in your child's backpack and relax while you track their whereabouts at all times," says an ad for "Hide and Seek".

But there's a dark side to this technology that makes GPS satellites your own personal eye in the sky. A U.S. Justice Department survey last year found one in every 13 stalking cases involved electronic monitoring. Ten states have banned it all together.

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Legal News Updated: Insurance fraud investigation begins at Uber
Transportation for London (TFL) has now launched an insurance fraud investigation into Uber, the app based ride share company, after a person successfully used falsified proof of coverage documents in order to become a driver.

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Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, June 22, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 22 June 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 776

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, June 22, 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 Appellate Rules are amended
The Florida Supreme Court, on its own motion, recently adopted amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.200 (The Record) intended to implement mandatory statewide electronic records on appeal. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online athttp://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/opinions.shtml. The Court specially requests comments from The Florida Bar's Appellate Court Rules Committee, the Florida Courts Technology Commission (in consultation with the Appellate Court Technology Committee), the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers, and the Florida Court Reporters Association. All comments must be filed with the Court on or before July 13, 2015.

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Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, June 19, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 19 June 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 873

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, June 19, 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: South Florida Title Agent Arrested for Embezzling Consumer Funds
The Florida Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrest of Bernard Feldman, owner of Hollywood Title Services, LLC in Hollywood, on multiple felony counts including transacting insurance without a license and grand theft of more than $20,000. Feldman was also permanently barred from the insurance industry and ordered to cease and desist from acting as a title agent without a license.

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Florida Legal News: Florida Civil Jury Instructions are amended
The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases submits these amendments to the following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases: Instructions 401.21, 401.23, 402.13, 402.15, 409.12, 412.8, 412.9, 501.4, 502.5, Model Instruction No. 1, Model Instruction No. 2, Model Instruction No. 3, Model Instruction No. 4, Model Instruction No. 5, Model Verdict Form 1, and Form 5(c). These amendments revise the jury instructions and verdict forms on apportionment of fault that are inconsistent with the jury instructions on legal causation and comparative fault. The amendment to instruction 502.5, on damages in wrongful death cases, clarifies that the fault of a survivor reduces the recovery of that survivor and does not reduce the awards of other survivors or the estate. The committee anticipates submitting these instructions to the Florida Supreme Court after reviewing all comments. Interested parties have until July 15, to submit comments electronically or by mail to the Civil Committee.

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Florida Legal News: Florida lawyers must strip metadata from e-file pleadings
You're representing a client in a divorce. As part of the routine process, the client emails you a required financial disclosure. It has bank account numbers, credit card numbers, the client's Social Security number, and other sensitive financial information.

You take the electronic document and in accordance with R. Jud. Admin. 2.420 and 2.425 you electronically edit it, removing account numbers and other information to protect the client. Then you send the financial disclosure through the statewide portal that handles electronic filing for the Florida court system, including, if necessary, the form in Rule 2.420 alerting the receiving clerk for any additional sensitive information that must be redacted from the public court file.

A short time later, your client's bank accounts are raided by thieves, his or her credit cards are used for a plethora of unauthorized purchases, and he or she is victimized by someone using the Social Security number. All because the fraudsters got the relevant information from a public document in the court file — the document you filed.

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