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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.

December 05, 2019

  1. The Florida Bar

    JUDGMENTS AND DECREES INTEREST RATE SET

    The Florida Bar | Article | December 05, 2019

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on the release of the updated “Best Practices for Professional Electronic Commination” online handbook and the latest quarterly rate of interest payable on judgments and decrees. The quarterly rate, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, at 6.83 percent per annum or .000186612 per day as set by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Last quarter, the interest rate was 6.89 percent.

  2. Legislative

    FLORIDA’S CLEMENCY BOARD RULES ON 70 CASES AMID FELONS’ RIGHTS FIGHT

    News4Jax | Article | December 04, 2019

    Gov. Ron DeSantis and his cabinet met as the clemency board Wednesday [Dec. 4], and disposed of 70 of the of 13,000 cases remaining. A federal judge has ruled the state must give felons the right to vote if they can’t afford to pay their fines and fees, but the state is appealing. The Florida Supreme Court was asked by the governor to decide whether Amendment 4’s language “complete all terms of a sentence” means fines and fees. It could issue a ruling as early as Thursday.

  3. Judiciary

    JUSTICES URGED TO APPROVE MEDICAID BALLOT PROPOSAL

    Fox 35 | Article | December 05, 2019

    Disputing arguments raised by the state House and Senate, the political committee Florida Decides Healthcare, Wednesday [Dec. 4] filed a brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to sign off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand Medicaid coverage. Barry Richard, an attorney for Florida Decides Healthcare, wrote that the proposal meets legal requirements dealing with the ballot title and summary. He also requested that the Court hold oral arguments on the issue.

  4. Civil Justice

    GEORGE ZIMMERMAN SUES FAMILY OF TRAYVON MARTIN, PUBLISHER, PROSECUTORS FOR $100 MILLION

    Miami Herald | Article | December 04, 2019

    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, is suing Martin’s family, prosecutors and others involved in the case he claims rested on false evidence. The Polk County suit seeks $100 million in civil damages, alleging defamation, abuse of civil process and conspiracy. Ben Crump, a lawyer who represented the Martin family and is listed as a defendant issued a statement Wednesday [Dec. 4] that said in part: “I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is — another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.”

     

  5. Civil Justice

    KEY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OPT OUT OF BIG OPIOID CLASS ACTION TO PURSUE OWN CLAIMS

    Insurance Journal | Article | December 05, 2019

    Overall, 98 percent of about 34,000 local governments agreed to be bound by a class-action lawsuit against companies such as drug distributor McKesson Corp., drug maker Johnson & Johnson and pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., over the opioid crisis according to a Monday [Dec. 2] court filing. However, 541 local governments including Palm Beach County have opted out of the suit meaning they would pursue their own lawsuit and not receive funds from a nationwide settlement.

  6. Civil Justice

    COURT TO CONSIDER BATHROOM USE BY TRANSGENDER STUDENT

    WFTV | Article | December 05, 2019

    The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments about whether a Florida school district should be ordered to allow students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Drew Adams, who has since graduated from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, won a lower court ruling last year ordering the St. Johns County school district to allow him to use the boys’ restroom. The district has appealed, arguing that although it will permit transgender students to use single-occupancy, gender-neutral restrooms, it shouldn’t be forced to let students use the restroom of the gender they identify with. The 11th Circuit could become the first federal appeals court to issue a binding ruling on the issue, which has arisen in several states. The ruling would cover schools in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, and could carry the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  7. Criminal Justice

    RAPE IS RAMPANT AT THIS WOMEN’S PRISON. ANYONE WHO COMPLAINS IS PUNISHED, LAWSUIT SAYS.

    Miami Herald | Article | December 04, 2019

    In a lawsuit filed this week, 14 women, ranging in age from 30 to 56 and nearly all first-time offenders housed at the women’s work camp at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex located in Sumter County near Wildwood, are suing the United States over the abuse they say they’ve endured at the Bureau of Prisons-operated camp. The lawsuit says Coleman employed no fewer than seven officers who took advantage of their authority and access to sexually abuse the women. Coleman has been cited before in a class-action lawsuit by a group of 524 female employees, who received a $20 million settlement in 2017. The current lawsuit seeks compensation and an overhaul of the prison.

  8. Civil Justice

    NRA AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SQUARE OFF OVER GUN LAW SILENCING HOME RULE

    Flagler Live | Article | December 04, 2019

    The NRA this week filed a proposed friend-of-the-court brief urging the First District Court of Appeal to uphold the 2011 law, which has threatened tough penalties if city and county officials approve gun regulations. The filing came a week after the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties sought permission to file a brief in opposition to the law. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson this year ruled that parts of the law were unconstitutional. Lawyers for Attorney General Ashley Moody and Gov. Ron DeSantis have appealed. Attorneys for the cities, counties and officials who are plaintiffs in the case have not filed an initial brief in the appeals court.

  9. Civil Justice

    MEDICAL DEVICE FAILURES BROUGHT TO LIGHT NOW BOLSTER LAWSUITS AND RESEARCH

    WUSF | Article | December 03, 2019

    A Kaiser Health News investigation revealed that for almost 20 years the Food and Drug Administration had allowed tens of thousands of reports of malfunctions and injuries linked to 108 medical devices, including staples, dental implants and pacemaker leads to be filed in a hidden FDA database, or “alternative summary reporting” program, that few patients, doctors or even FDA officials knew existed.  A class-action case filed in Florida notes FDA rules say that alternative summary reports cannot include severe or unexpected events, “yet it is believed that these incidents were kept hidden in ASRs,” including at least one lymphoma case.

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