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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.

May 11, 2022

  1. The Florida Bar

    CONTINGENCY FEE MULTIPLIERS EXPECTED TO BE DISCUSSED DURING PROPERTY INSURANCE SPECIAL SESSION

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 11, 2022

    Florida trial lawyers and “contingency fee multipliers” will be under a spotlight when lawmakers convene May 23-27 for a property insurance special session. In his proclamation, Gov. Ron DeSantis cited statistics that show Florida, with just 9 percent of property insurance claims, generates 79 percent of the nation’s homeowner insurance lawsuits. But Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Ft. Lauderdale, says insurers are to blame for routinely denying claims. A trial lawyer, Farmer says any reforms should directly benefit consumers.

  2. Judiciary

    FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES FIRST LAWSUIT AGAINST DESANTIS OVER DISNEY WORLD’S REEDY CREEK DISTRICT

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | May 10, 2022

    On Tuesday [May 10], U.S. District Court Judges Cecilia Altonaga quickly dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis over the dissolution of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District. The suit, filed by Miami attorney William Sanchez on behalf of three residents of Orange and Osceola counties, claimed Florida was violating a state law called the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, as well as a contractual obligation with Reedy Creek’s bondholders and Disney’s First Amendment rights. In her order, Judge Altonaga dismissed the suit due to the federal court’s lack of standing over state issues and because the law does not go into effect until July 2023.

  3. Legislative

    LONG LEGAL FIGHT LIES AHEAD OVER THE FLORIDA LAW DUBBED ‘DON’T SAY GAY’

    News Service of Florida | Article | May 10, 2022

    A legal battle over a new state law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms could continue well into the upcoming school year. Court documents filed Sunday [May 8] and Monday [May 9] in procedural disputes between attorneys for the state and the law’s challengers indicate it could be months before key initial issues — a state motion to dismiss the case and a plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction against the law — are resolved. The law, which passed during this year’s legislative session will take effect July 1.

  4. Judiciary

    FEDERAL LAWSUIT ARGUES FLORIDA’S NEW LIMITS ON BALLOT INITIATIVES ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    News Service of Florida | Article | May 10, 2022

    Groups seeking to place proposed constitutional amendments on the 2024 ballot have filed a federal lawsuit urging a federal judge to reject the state’s arguments defending a law that prevents paying petition gatherers based on the number of signatures they collect. The lawsuit alleges the Florida restrictions on the ballot-initiative process impose a “severe and unconstitutional impairment” of First Amendment and equal-protection rights. Before the law, political committees supporting initiatives were able to pay workers for each signature they obtained, as is common in most states that allow voters to decide on citizen-backed proposed constitutional amendments.

  5. Judiciary

    LAWYERS’ ACTIONS WERE ‘NOT A GOOD LOOK’ FOR THE COURT SYSTEM, JUDGE SUGGESTS

    Daily Business Review | Article | May 10, 2022

    In an opinion affirming a lower court’s decision, Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Alan Forst took the time to write a special concurrence that noted three lawyers’ negligence and asked whether their actions were a “good look for the legal system.” The opinion illustrates the distinction between disciplinary action and a malpractice claim. It came in a case in which a group of lawyers solicited a client who’d been shot by police, then later—to defend themselves during malpractice proceedings—argued the client would not have won the case anyway, because immunity laws shielded the police officer.

  6. Legal Profession

    BEST MENTORS: THESE FLORIDA ATTORNEYS WON AWARDS FOR GUIDING OTHERS. HERE’S HOW THEY DID IT

    Daily Business Review | Article | May 09, 2022

    Thirteen recipients of a Florida Legal Award for mentoring answered questions about mentoring and shared some of their secrets for success. These legal leaders advise mentors to be credible and sincere, relinquish control, and give mentees space to make mistakes, among other invaluable pieces of advice drawn from their many years of experience.

  7. Wellness Wednesday

    HOW TO BE HAPPIER AT WORK (WITH DAN HARRIS)

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 11, 2022

    In this episode of The Happiness Lab, former ABC News journalist-turned-podcast-host Dan Harris joins Dr. Laurie Santos to trade tips on how to find greater happiness in the workplace – from making better use of your time, to finding meaning in even the worst aspects of your job. They also try meditation to help deal with those awful feelings of jealousy when a co-worker gets a raise or wins some praise from the boss.

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