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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

March 19, 2018

  1. Constitution Revision Commission

    JENNIFER ZEDALIS AND H. SCOTT FINGERHUT: FLORIDA ALREADY PROTECTS CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS

    Gainesville Sun | Column | March 17, 2018

    Column by Jennifer Zedalis, a University of Florida law professor and chair-elect of The Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section; and H. Scott Fingerhut, a Florida International University law professor and the section’s past chair. “Proposal 96 by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission is ill-conceived and unnecessary. Florida already recognizes, respects and protects the rights of crime victims in the Florida Constitution and state law. Prop 96 will bring costly and unintended results, jeopardizing convictions and burdening taxpayers.”

  2. Judiciary

    WEST PALM BEACH ATTORNEY BRUCE REINHART NAMED FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE

    Daily Business Review | Article | March 16, 2018

    West Palm Beach attorney Bruce Reinhart will step into a new role as a federal magistrate judge starting Monday [March 19], the Southern District of Florida announced. The seat became vacant after the retirement of U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins. Reinhart will sit in the Paul G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse in West Palm Beach. His 31-year career includes more than a decade as a federal prosecutor and roles at both the U.S. Treasury and Justice departments.

  3. Civil Justice Issues

    ‘WATER WAR’ COULD KEEP ROLLING ALONG

    The Ledger | Article | March 16, 2018

    Five legal experts on Thursday [March 15] addressed a conference at Florida State University about the litigation surrounding the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay system. The conference was put together by the Florida Conservation Coalition. The experts predicted that even if the U.S. Supreme Court gives Florida a favorable ruling in its lawsuit against Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River, the decision likely would result in more litigation and new legal challenges involving the decades-old water war between the states.

  4. Civil Justice Issues

    PBC TAXPAYERS MIGHT NOT GET FULL PROTECTION AGAINST COSTS IN DRUG SUIT

    Palm Beach Post | Article | March 17, 2018

    All the law firms that have agreed to help Palm Beach County sue drug makers and distributors have extensive and diverse experience in complex, high-profile cases. The team of firms that will represent the county has pledged to work on a contingency basis and pay any costs the county might face as a result of the case. But some suggest such a pledge isn’t legally enforceable. If the pledge to shield the county from all costs does violate Florida Bar ethics rules, county taxpayers could end up paying the legal fees of the drug makers and distributors the county is looking to sue.

  5. Civil Justice Issues

    SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLA. PRIMED TO BE FIRST TO TACKLE DIGITAL CURRENCY ISSUES

    Daily Business Review | Column | March 19, 2018

    Commentary by Todd Friedman, an associate at Kenny Nachwalter, who focuses his practice on business litigation. “The cryptocurrency market capitalization peaked in January at $835 billion and then promptly lost nearly half of its value by the following month. After $400 billion vanished, lawsuits quickly filled the void, including two class actions filed in the Southern District of Florida. These cases present the Southern District of Florida with an opportunity to serve as the first federal court to publish decisions on digital currency issues, including whether these currencies are securities, commodities, or an altogether new class of assets.”

  6. Criminal Justice Issues

    FEDERAL JUDGE EYES LAWSUIT CHALLENGING BAIL IN JACKSONVILLE

    Florida Times-Union | Article | March 16, 2018

    Fourth Circuit Chief Judge Mark Mahon and Sheriff Mike Williams have argued for the last few months that a federal court shouldn’t consider whether Jacksonville’s bail system is constitutional or not because the court system doesn’t have oversight over the issues. A federal lawsuit urged the federal court to step in and force state judges to consider defendants’ ability to pay when setting bail in misdemeanor cases. The chief judge and the sheriff have filed motions to dismiss, arguing the federal court should abstain from the matter.

  7. Civil Justice Issues

    WHAT DO SOUTH FLORIDA TECH COMPANIES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX REFORM?

    Miami Herald | Column | March 17, 2018

    Lourdes De Los Santos, a tax partner at Cherry Bekaert’s South Florida practice, writes: “Tech companies in South Florida can benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), as long as they proactively plan for the new tax changes. Otherwise, opportunities to maximize tax savings could quickly morph into more expensive tax bills. South Florida businesses in the technology, health and life sciences, and industrial sectors . . . have several decisions to make as they compare new options for deductions, expensing, and tax rates, based on variables, such as their size, maturity, and entity type.”

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