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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.

July 30, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    HIT HARD BY COVID-19, VOLUNTARY BARS LOOK TO ‘RESTART, REBOUND & RECOVER’

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 30, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the executive director of the statewide guardian ad litem office, two new appointees to the Second District Court of Appeal and how voluntary bars plan to move forward after COVID-19. Representatives of Florida’s voluntary bar associations held a virtual town hall on July 28 when about 100 participants discussed the challenges of, and tips for, enhancing voluntary bar membership renewals, as well as best practices for planning events during a health crisis.

  2. Legislative

    DESANTIS EXTENDS EVICTION AND FORECLOSURE MORATORIUM UNTIL SEPT. 1

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | July 30, 2020

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday [July 29] night extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until Sept. 1 in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic. The ban, which was initially signed in April, was going to expire Aug. 1 but Gov. Desantis extended it for the third time in as many months.

  3. Civil Justice

    R.J. REYNOLDS MUST PAY $100 MILLION IN DISPUTED BIG TOBACCO SETTLEMENT, APPEALS COURT RULES

    Sun Sentinel | Article | July 30, 2020

    The Fourth District Court of Appeal Wednesday [July 29] said R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is responsible for paying more than $100 million in a dispute rooted in a landmark legal settlement between Florida and cigarette makers more than two decades ago. The court upheld a decision by a Palm Beach County circuit judge, who said R.J. Reynolds remained on the hook for the payments under a 1997 settlement in which cigarette makers agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the state because of smoking-related health costs and, in exchange, received liability protections.

  4. Civil Justice

    FLORIDA SCHOOLS STILL AREN’T REQUIRED TO TRACK AND REPORT BAKER ACT USE

    WPTV | Article | July 29, 2020

    More than 4,000 juveniles under the age of 10 years old were Baker Acted in just one year, according to the most recent data from the University of South Florida Center Baker Act Reporting Center. There was an increase of 105 percent between the fiscal year 2002-03 and fiscal year 2017-18. Failed legislation during the 2019 legislative session would have required school districts to track and report the use of the Baker Act and mandated all school resources officers statewide undergo mental health crisis training.

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