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October 12, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | October 12, 2020
The new Florida Lawyers Helpline hasn’t been inundated with calls for assistance, but Bar leaders say they are happy that it’s on track to meet predicted utilization rates. From May 1 – Oct. 7, helpline vendor CorpCare reported 133 cases, Mental Health and Wellness Committee Chair Carl Schwait reported to the committee. The total may sound less than impressive for a Bar with nearly 110,000 members, Schwait said. But based on the experience of other state bars, Florida Bar staff were told to anticipate no more than a 1 percent utilization rate in the first year.
Tampa Bay Times | Article | October 12, 2020
Supreme Court Justice Carlos Muñiz , appointed to the Florida Supreme Court last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is on the November ballot for a merit-retention vote. Under the state’s merit-retention system Floridians could vote him out of office. Twenty-three judges on state appeals courts also face merit-retention votes. That includes six judges on the 1st District Court of Appeal; four judges on the 2nd District Court of Appeal; five judges on the 3rd District Court of Appeal; three judges on the 4th District Court of Appeal; and five judges on the 5th District Court of Appeal.
Tallahassee Democrat | Article | October 10, 2020
Florida State University’s ousted student Senate president, Jack Denton, will not be reinstated to his position following public outcry and an ensuing lawsuit over his comments in a private group chat, U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor ruled Thursday [Oct. 8]. In June, Denton shared criticisms to Catholic Student Union members of the Black Lives Matter movement, Reclaim the Block, and the American Civil Liberties Union for promoting “grave evils” and “anti-Catholic” advocacy. Denton was removed from his leadership position a couple of weeks later after a vote of no confidence by student senators.
WUSF | Article | October 10, 2020
Saying that “nothing in the emergency order requires any teacher or any student to return to the classroom,” a state appeals court Friday [Oct. 9] overturned a ruling that said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran violated the Florida Constitution when he issued a July order aimed at reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal rejected the conclusions of Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson, who in August sided with teachers’ unions that challenged Corcoran’s order.
Insurance Journal | Article | October 12, 2020
Judge Dawn Denaro of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court recommended that attorney Scot Strems be found “guilty of misconduct justifying disciplinary measures” and has recommended a 24-month suspension followed by one year of probation. The recommendation fell short of the disbarment punishment sought by The Florida Bar. The Florida Supreme Court issued an emergency suspension of Strems on June 9 stating Strems was the respondent of several complaints before The Bar. Strems is also accused of illegally filing multiple lawsuits on an individual policy claim, delaying and ignoring court deadlines, and violating court orders.
Florida Daily | Article | October 12, 2020
Attorney General Ashley Moody, along with 27 other state attorneys general, obtained a judgment against Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc., and its subsidiary, CHSPSC LLC., for a data breach that impacted approximately 6.1 million patients, including more than 430,000 from Florida. Information exposed in the breach included addresses, birthdates, names, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. The judgment agreed to by CHS, requires a $5 million payment to the states.