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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.

May 10, 2019

  1. Judiciary

    INVESTITURE OF FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BARBARA LAGOA SET TODAY FOR 3 P.M.

    The Florida Supreme Court | Article | May 10, 2019

    The Investiture of Justice Barbara Lagoa as the 87th justice of the Florida Supreme Court will take place today [May 10] at 3 p.m. in the courtroom at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee. Lagoa was appointed to the court in January by Gov. Ron DeSantis. An Investiture is the formal ceremony during which the governor presents the new justice’s credentials to the court. It usually is scheduled a few months after the justice actually takes office.  Through the Court’s partnership with WFSU and The Florida Channel, there are several ways to watch the Investiture:  Streaming live on WFSU’s Gavel to Gavel, streaming on Facebook and through local providers of The Florida Channel.  The joint Investiture of Justice Robert Luck and Justice Carlos Muñiz, as the 88th and 89th, justices of the Florida Supreme Court is set for Sept 24, at 2 p.m. Both justices were appointed to the court in January by Gov. DeSantis.

  2. Legal Profession

    LAW GRADS HIRING REPORT: JOB STATS FOR THE CLASS OF 2018

    Law.com | Article | May 08, 2019

    The J.D. Class of 2018 enjoyed the strongest entry-level legal job market in a decade, with 78.6 percent landing jobs that require a law degree or for which a law degree offers an advantage within 10 months of leaving campus — up from 75.3 percent the previous year. But graduate employment rates fluctuated wildly among law schools, so Law.com has delved into the trove of jobs data released in late April by the American Bar Association to determine how schools performed in 10 different areas. Law.com ranked schools according to their percentage of 2018 graduates in full-time, long-term jobs that require a J.D. Law.com also looked at which school sent the highest percentage of 2018 graduates into federal clerkships and which schools sent the most graduates into large firm jobs, government and public interest positions, and state and local clerkships.

  3. Civil Justice Issues

    EDITORIAL: LET ALL VOTERS VOTE IN FLORIDA

    Ocala Star Banner | Editorial | May 10, 2019

    The News Service of Florida reported last week that a citizen initiative to overhaul the state primary balloting system is already up and running. It’s called All Voters Vote. . . . state lawmakers have made it so difficult to get an initiative through, it takes big money and big organizations to accomplish it. Lawmakers halved the time groups are allowed to gather the petitions. They’ve raised the bar from a 50 percent vote plus one, to a 60 percent plurality to pass. They attempted this year to make that 67 percent. While in the Legislature, it remains 50 percent plus one. In general elections, politicians can win by one vote in Florida. Citizen initiatives last year had to win by 1.6 million. . . If the amendment gets on the ballot and you pass it, you vote in primary balloting — no matter who’s on the ballot. . . We like the idea.

  4. The Florida Bar

    FROST TO ADDRESS ANNUAL 50-YEAR MEMBER LUNCHEON

    Florida Bar News | Article | May 09, 2019

    John W. Frost II, who served as president of The Florida Bar in 1996-1997, will be the featured speaker at the annual 50-year Member Luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton. The luncheon is set for Friday, June 28, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Frost, a member of this year’s 50-year class, has a long record of service to the legal profession, beginning with his term as president of the Young Lawyers Division and including directorship of The Florida Bar Foundation. He practices with Frost Law Firm, P.A., a statewide civil trial firm located in Bartow.

  5. Civil Justice

    AFTER WINNING HIS MALPRACTICE CASE, ONE DOCTOR SEEKS VENGEANCE AGAINST THOSE WHO SUED HIM

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | May 10, 2019

    A former emergency room doctor who spent a decade successfully fighting off a medical malpractice case is suing the lawyer who first sued him. Scott Plantz — who lost his health, savings and almost his family  —  accuses a Pinellas lawyer of coming after him in bad faith. The malicious prosecution suit is the latest escalation in a clash that began in 2009, two years after Plantz treated a woman , who later died, in the St. Anthony’s Hospital emergency room.

  6. Judiciary

    SIX NOMINATED FOR VACANCY ON DUVAL COUNTY COURT

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | May 08, 2019

    The 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission convened Wednesday [May 8] and interviewed 15 applicants for the vacancy created when Duval County Judge Meredith Charbula was appointed to the circuit court. After deliberating, the commission submitted the names of six nominees to Gov. Ron DeSantis: Michael Fackler, Rhonda Peoples-Waters, W. Bradley Russell Jr., R. Anthony Salem, Julie Taylor and David Tucker.

  7. Civil Justice Issues

    PETITIONS TOP 42,000 FOR ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ BAN

    Health News Florida | Article | May 10, 2019

    A political committee seeking to ban possession of assault-style weapons in Florida has submitted nearly 43,000 valid petition signatures to the state as it tries to get the issue on the November 2020 ballot. As of mid-day Thursday [May 9], the committee Ban Assault Weapons Now had submitted 42,941 petition signatures, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. It would need to submit 76,632 petition signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the proposed ballot wording. If the Supreme Court signs off, the committee would need to submit a total of 766,200 valid signatures to get on the ballot.

  8. Judiciary

    COMMISSION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR JUDICIAL VACANCY

    Lakeland Ledger | Article | May 08, 2019

    The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Bartow-based 10th Judicial Circuit will meet June 12 to nominate candidates to fill Sharon Franklin’s vacancy on the Polk County bench. Franklin was appointed to a circuit judgeship last month. The eight-member commission is currently accepting applications for the county judge position. Candidates must be registered voters in Florida, live in Polk County upon taking office and have been a member of The Florida Bar for the last five years.

  9. Civil Justice Issues

    CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST BJ’S WHOLESALE FACES SETBACK IN FLORIDA APPELLATE COURT

    Daily Business Review | Article | May 09, 2019

    Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal has issued a favorable ruling to a wholesale discount chain looking to circumvent a class-action lawsuit. An opinion entered by the appellate court Wednesday [May 8] reversed and remanded a May 2017 order by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton granting class certification to Laura Bugliaro, a Florida woman pursuing a deceptive and unfair trade practices claim against BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. Bugliaro filed her initial complaint against BJ’s in March 2015. She alleged the members-only warehouse business had been “improperly receiving and retaining money from its Florida customers under the guise of collecting Florida sales tax on sales amounts that are not properly taxable.”

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