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May 21, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | May 21, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the Mindful Lawyer, the most popular platform for remote court hearings, applications for deputy state courts administrator and newly-elected Board of Governors Executive Committee members. The Florida Bar Board of Governors voted to elevate three members to the Executive Committee, a select panel empowered to act for the board between its meetings. In online balloting following nominations at a May 15 videoconference meeting, board members voted to appoint Paige Greenlee, Jay Kim and Michael Orr.
FPL NOT LIABLE FOR HURRICANE-RELATED POWER CUTS THAT CAUSED DEATHS AT NURSING HOME, FLORIDA COURT RULES
Daily Business Review | Article | May 20, 2020
The Fourth District Court of Appeal found Wednesday [May 20] Florida Power & Light Co. has no duty to provide a continuous supply of electricity to the general public. The negligence suit — filed by a resident at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills LLC — alleges Broward nursing home residents were left to “bake in sweltering heat” after a hurricane-induced power cut when Hurricane Irma hit South Florida on Sept. 10, 2017, cutting power at the 152-bed nursing home.
ABA Journal | Article | May 19, 2020
Potential jurors were questioned in Texas on Monday [May 18] in what may be the first Zoom jury trial during the COVID-19 pandemic. The summary jury trial began when a judge acting as a technology expert walked the potential jurors through the Zoom technology. A second judge presided at trial. When the judge asked the lawyers in the case to approach the bench, the judge handling technology was able to make it happen by creating a separate breakout room for them. The hearing was held in a dispute over insurance coverage for hail damage.