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October 03, 2019
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The Florida Bar | Article | October 03, 2019
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on the new hazing law, looking at the practice of law as a process and two Standing Committee on Advertising decisions. At a September 20 meeting in Destin, the Board of Governors voted to uphold a Standing Committee on Advertising decision that the “Ambulances Chase Us” slogan is deceptive or misleading and voted to reverse a Committee determination regarding billboards that advertise the telephone number “1-800-411-PAIN.”
Orlando Sentinel | Article | October 02, 2019
After a five-year court battle, a federal lawsuit demanding that people with autism go the front of the line at Disney World rides is going to trial in February, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway has ruled. The lawsuit involving a plaintiff was filed in 2014 after Disney changed its policy that had once allowed people with disabilities to the front of the line but changed that policy in 2014 amid reports that people were abusing the system.
WFLA | Article | October 03, 2019
In August, Deandre Somerville, 21, was sworn in as a juror on a civil case in West Palm Beach. He understood he was to return the next day for the continuation of the trial, but he overslept and didn’t call the jury office to let them know. Days later, he was served with a subpoena to go before the judge. Court transcripts show Somerville apologized, but the judge sentenced him to 10 days in jail.
CBS 12 | Article | October 02, 2019
The State Attorney’s Office in Palm Beach County appealed the ruling by a judge to keep surveillance video out of the prostitution case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. In a report filed with the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Oct. 1, the state is arguing the trial Court erroneously suppressed the video evidence of Kraft’s prostitution offenses, the warrant was in order, and any Fourth Amendment minimization requirements were satisfied.
Bay News 9 | Article | October 02, 2019
The guardian ad litem program for Pinellas and Pasco Counties will now educate their staff and volunteers about how to spot signs of abuse in children younger than five. This makes the second program in the child welfare system stepping up to make changes that Jordan’s Law bill wants to make mandatory. In Sept. 2018 Jordan Belliveau was murdered by his biological mother four months after leaving foster care to be returned to her. Jordan’s law has already been filed for a second time and if passed, it would make video training mandatory for every guardian ad Litem in the state.
Miami Herald | Article | October 02, 2019
Carnival Corp. executives were back in federal court Wednesday [Oct. 2] to answer for the company’s latest series of environmental violations while on probation. Carnival Corp. is halfway through its five-year probation after pleading guilty to environmental crimes — dumping oily waste into the ocean on its Princess Cruises ships and covering it up — in 2016 and paying a $40 million fine. As part of the probation agreement, the company vowed to pollute less, but in his most recent report, the court appointed monitor found incidents of plastic mixed with food waste and burning heavy fuel oil in protected areas, including Key West, on Carnival Corp. ships.