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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.

June 29, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    GUARDIAN AD LITEM’S NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL HAS FREE CLE, ENCOURAGES PRO BONO

    The Florida Bar | Article | June 29, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on online scams targeting lawyers, NBA players promoting civil legal services and Guardian ad Litem’s new YouTube channel. Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program launched a YouTube channel offering free CLE to encourage lawyers to do pro bono work. The channel is a partnership between the GAL, the Appellate Practice Section, the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division,  the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and others.,

  2. Judiciary

    SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN LOUISIANA LAW REGARDING ABORTION RIGHTS

    Miami Herald | Article | June 29, 2020

    The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that restricted abortions in that state, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the majority in the ruling. The case of June Medical Services v. Russo was over Louisiana’s requirement for doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. A federal court found that the law would leave one abortion provider for the state. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the court agreed with a lower court decision “that Louisiana’s law poses a ‘substantial obstacle’ to women seeking an abortion; its determination that the law offers no significant health-related benefits; and its determination that the law consequently imposes an ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.”

  3. Judiciary

    APPEALS COURT REVERSES SARASOTA MAN’S CONVICTION IN SHERIFF’S INTERNET STING

    Sarasota Herald Tribune | Article | June 27, 2020

    A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office internet sting operation aimed at protecting children from online predators cajoled men on adult dating sites to commit unlawful sexual acts with children, according to the Second District Court of Appeal. Judge Morris Silberman reversed the ruling in a case that resulted from the sting operation and remanded the case of Jason Ross DeMare, 40, who was arrested during Operation Intercept V in 2018. The DCA order noted  law enforcement took the lead in suggesting a sexual relationship between DeMare and a minor

  4. Judiciary

    THIRD DCA RULING COULD COMPLICATE HURRICANE DAMAGE CLAIMS MADE BEFORE 2018

    Daily Business Review | Article | June 26, 2020

    The Third DCA reversed orders granting partial summary judgment in the case of a couple who disputed a People’s Trust payout because they said a policy update did not adequately forewarn them of a policy change. The case was remanded to Miami-Dade Circuit Court. In its order, the Third DCA clarified that a change in Florida Statutes now required insurance companies to summarize changes in an insurance policy for contracts issued after 2018 and provide notice of those changes to their insureds. Policies issued in 2018 and earlier are not subject to this disclosure requirement.

  5. Judiciary

    COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE FORCED TO FURLOUGH WORKERS

    Gainesville Sun | Article | June 26, 2020

    The Alachua County Clerk’s Office, which processes and files county court records, was ordered to slash 40 percent of its fourth-quarter budget and will begin to furlough 60 employees from the clerk of court services immediately. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the court side of the clerk’s office’s $5.7 million budget, which comes solely from court filing fees.

  6. Judiciary

    TRIAL BY ZOOM? ORANGE, OSCEOLA COURTS DELAY TEST OF VIRTUAL JURIES — FOR NOW

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | June 29, 2020

    Earlier this month, the Ninth Judicial Circuit was picked to be among a handful across the state that would test remote jury trials, to be conducted by online video conferencing, but the program was temporarily put on hold Thursday [June 25] after the circuit decided to pull back on court operations following a spike in local COVID-19 cases, Said Chief Judge Donald Myers Jr.: “We’re going to have to set it aside for now.”

  7. Judiciary

    MAYOR TO BANKRUPTCY JUDGE: SOUTH FLORIDA BENEFITS IF MIAMI HERALD IS LOCALLY OWNED

    Miami Herald | Article | June 26, 2020

    As a decision nears in federal bankruptcy court on the future ownership of the Miami Herald Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has asked judge Michael E. Wiles of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to consider the public interest when weighing the fate of the Herald’s parent company. “We seek to ensure that the Miami Herald and McClatchy’s other papers emerge from the process with owners who are locally rooted and locally invested in our community, motivated primarily by a desire to serve the broader public interest, not the narrow bottom line,” Suarez wrote. The letter was placed in the court file Thursday [June 25].

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