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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.

February 24, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    HOUSE MOVES LEGISLATION TO DEFINE LINES OF AUTHORITY FOR COURTHOUSE SECURITY

    The Florida Bar | Article | February 24, 2020

    The Florida House of Representatives has voted unanimously to approve HB 131 by Rep. Stan McClain, R-Ocala, that would more clearly define lines of authority for courthouse security. The proposed bill would clarify that sheriffs and their deputies are “officers of the court” when providing courthouse security. Sheriffs would retain authority over the implementation of security and chief judges their decision-making authority to protect due process rights.

  2. Legal Profession

    TWO MIAMI-DADE CIRCUIT JUDGES STEP DOWN

    Law.com | Article | February 21, 2020

    Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Jacqueline Hogan Scola and John Schlesinger will retire after more than 15 years on the bench. The Eleventh Circuit Miami-Dade County Judicial Nominating Commission has invited applicants to apply to fill these jurists’ positions by 5 p.m. on March 16. Hogan Scola served as a prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Southern District of Florida before rising to the circuit bench in 2003.  She serves in the court’s civil division. Schlesinger who has served on the circuit bench since 2005, serves in the court’s criminal division.

  3. Civil Justice

    NEW FLORIDA LAW: HOAS CAN’T PROHIBIT POLICE VEHICLES

    WCTV | Article | February 22, 2020

    Homeowners associations in Florida are now explicitly prevented from banning marked law enforcement vehicles from parking in their neighborhoods. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday [Feb. 21] that protects law enforcement vehicles from HOA rules.

  4. Criminal Justice

    AFTER ALLEGED BRIBE WINS CONTRACT, LOSER FIGHTS BACK WITH RACKETERRING SUIT

    Law.com | Article | February 21, 2020

    MasTec Renewables Puerto Rico, a subsidiary of Miami-based MasTec Inc., sued Mammoth Energy Services Inc. and its Puerto Rican subsidiary, Cobra Acquisitions, on Jan. 21 in U.S. District Court in Miami accusing them of stealing its profits by paying bribes to get $1.8 billion worth of government contracts in post-hurricane Puerto Rico. The case could pave the way for similar racketeering suits by other companies against their competitors over criminal behavior.

  5. Civil Justice

    SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE GROUP SUED OVER SPAM TEXT MESSAGES

    The Real Deal | Article | February 24, 2020

    In a lawsuit filed in Miami federal court, seeking class-action status, Palm Beach County resident Ryan Millward accuses So Flo Real Estate Group of sending him telemarketing messages without his permission in the fall and winter of last year. Millward is represented by Garrett Berg and Scott Edelsberg, both of whom have filed at least three similar complaints on behalf of plaintiffs suing brokerages in Pembroke Pines, Celebration and Naples.

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