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February 26, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | February 26, 2020
The Task Force on Distribution of IOTA Funds voted 5-1 on Feb. 24 to accept a subcommittee recommendation that “specific priorities must be established for the use of available IOTA funds” to carry out directives in the Supreme Court order creating the task force. Hala Sandridge, president of The Florida Bar Foundation, which currently receives and distributes IOTA funds, cast the only no vote. Under the court’s 1989 IOTA ruling, funds must be used to improve the administration of justice and expand the delivery of legal services to the poor.
Florida Politics | Article | February 25, 2020
The Florida Bar Family Law Section signaled its intention to add language to its own handbook, “Guide to a Healthy Marriage,” fulfilling a quest by two lawmakers to make guidance available to “avoid family fragmentation.” The chair of the Family Law Section wrote Rep. Clay Yarborough advising that the language would be added to the Bar’s “Guide to a Healthy Marriage” Handbook. The letter expressed hope that legislation (SB 682/HB 319) which would have created the Florida Healthy Marriage Handbook and prohibited the issuance of a marriage license until petitioners verify they have obtained and read the Handbook, would no longer be needed.
Miami Herald | Article | February 23, 2020
In a meeting Monday [Feb. 24], 10 current and former members of the board of directors of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and two top executives explained their actions to legislators as they attempt to avoid criminal charges stemming from allegations of financial abuse at the embattled publicly funded agency. Their unique involvement in the excessive compensation package awarded to the coalition’s former CEO, Tiffany Carr, has created a conflict of interest that could spell criminal or civil charges.
Law.com | Article | February 24, 2020
Judges discuss how they deal and cope with the stress of the bench. Adjudicating major conflicts, handing down decisions with far-reaching consequences, and sometimes wielding the power of life and death is a formidable responsibility, one that leaves judges exhausted and often traumatized, according to a study by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs. The top three sources of judicial stress are: importance/impact of decisions — 79.7 percent; heavy docket of cases — 73.2 percent; and unprepared attorneys — 67.6 percent.
Tampa Bay Times | Article | February 25, 2020
Investigators from 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said Tuesday [Feb. 25], they will be leading the multi-state investigation into San Francisco-based Juul, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products.
Miami Herald | Article | February 25, 2020
The generic drug maker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal with Florida and dozens of other states to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday [Feb. 25]. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. The company said that it had an agreement with a key committee of lawyers representing thousands of local governments suing various drug industry players over opioids — and that the deal has the support of the attorneys general of 47 states and territories.
Fox News | Article | February 25, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal on Monday [Feb. 24] from fired Florida employee Darrell Patterson, who said he couldn’t work on Saturdays because of his religion. Patterson is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 2014, Patterson sued Walgreens in federal court, accusing the Illinois-based retailer of violating his religious rights by not adequately accommodating his no-Saturdays request and then trying to demote him. In 2018, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Walgreens and ruled the retailer had made adequate efforts to accommodate Patterson.
The Florida Bar | Article | February 26, 2020
Last week, we debuted a new series called “Wellness Wednesday” leading up to National Lawyer Well-Being Week, May 4-8. This week’s Wellness Wednesday edition looks at the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. Take a moment to read about the 10 benefits of a good night’s sleep.