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November 06, 2019
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The Florida Bar | Article | November 06, 2019
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on Florida Bar Foundation Board vacancies, the Young Lawyers Division government lawyer summit and proposed changes to the speedy trial rule. The Criminal Law Section and the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee are asking for more time to comment on a proposal by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Court Steering Committee that critics say would “abrogate” the Speedy Trial Rule.
New York Times | Article | November 05, 2019
Last week, a Florida detective announced at a police convention that he had obtained a warrant to penetrate GEDmatch, a consumer DNA site, and search its full database of nearly 1 million users. Legal experts said that this appeared to be the first time a judge had approved such a warrant and that the development could have profound implications for genetic privacy. In July, the detective asked a judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida to approve a warrant that would let him override the privacy settings of GEDmatch’s users and search the site’s full database of 1.2 million users to try and solve a case of a serial rapist. After Judge Patricia Strowbridge agreed, the site complied within 24 hours.
Law.com | Article | November 05, 2019
A plaintiff dentist who elected to toss his own copyright infringement lawsuit weeks before trial, after the defense produced damaging evidence, faces a choice from Chief U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker in the Northern District of Florida. The judge agreed to dismiss the case without prejudice on one condition: the plaintiff would have to pay the defendant’s attorney fees and costs for two and a half years of litigation. The plaintiff has until Nov. 12 to decide.
Lakeland Ledger | Article | November 05, 2019
Lakeland commissioners approved a 90-day contract on Monday [Nov. 4] for Assistant City Attorney Palmer Davis to serve as interim city attorney, retroactively effective as of Oct. 21. It’s the first time the commission has a written agreement with anyone holding the office of city attorney. The former city attorney, who was arrested Oct. 9, was a city employee since 1992 but never had written terms of employment.
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Article | November 06, 2019
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday [Nov. 4] upheld a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a permit needed by the phosphate company Mosaic to discharge dredged and fill materials into Florida waterways. Environmental groups challenged the permit because the Army Corps didn’t take into account environmental effects of phosphogypsum, a radioactive byproduct of the manufacturing process. The panel majority said the Army Corps was not required to consider phosphogypsum in determining whether to issue the discharge permit tied to mining.