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The Florida Lawyers Blog Watch:

The following is an RSS driven aggregation of the 50 most recent blog posts by lawyers in the State of Florida (Read more about the process...). This is not an exclusive club! If you know of another blogging Florida lawyer, please send a note to Steve Matthews and he'll get them added to the mix!

  • 13-Year-Old Jacksonville Boy Charged as Adult in Murder

    October 24th, 2014

    State Attorney Angela Corey announced Thursday afternoon that she is prosecuting a 13-year-old boy accused of second-degree murder of a homeless Jacksonville man as an adult. This is the second time she’s charged a young juvenile with murder. The 54-year-old homeless man was found dead in a sh... [Link]
  • 13-Year-Old Jacksonville Boy Charged as Adult in Murder

    October 24th, 2014

    State Attorney Angela Corey announced Thursday afternoon that she is prosecuting a 13-year-old boy accused of second-degree murder of a homeless Jacksonville man as an adult. This is the second time she’s charged a young juvenile with murder. The 54-year-old homeless man was found dead in a sh... [Link]
  • NOT SO FAST …

    October 24th, 2014

    A reliable source has confirmed Jay Hurley isn’t going anywhere.  Kal Evans may be subbing in the afternoon on occasion, but there won’t be any swapping of divisions. Additionally, we’re told Hurley couldn’t stop laughing when he first read Finkelstein’s letter. Is thi... [Link]
  • Princess Cruises Avoids West Africa Ports Because of Ebola

    October 24th, 2014

    Princess Cruises announced that it is canceling port calls to West Africa because of the Ebola epidemic. The cruise line is avoiding Cotonou, Benin; Lome, Togo; Team, Ghana; and Dakar, Senegal. Princess had scheduled a 30-day West Africa Adventure cruise departing May 5, 2015.   As we reported... [Link]
  • How the Police Are Able to Take Millions of Dollars From People Who Are Not Charged With Crimes

    October 24th, 2014

    The following article was published last month in the Washington Post.  The article was written by John Yoder, director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture Office from 1983 to 1985, and Brad Cates, director of that same office … The post How the Police Are Able to Take Milli... [Link]
  • Gaytan v. Wal-Mart – Work Fatality Lawsuit to Proceed

    October 24th, 2014

    Loved ones of those killed in work-related accidents are almost always going to be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits. While this is held as the exclusive remedy for injured workers and their families, there may also be some instances where third-party negligence lawsuits may be... [Link]
  • IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $18,000 to their 401(k) plans in 2015

    October 24th, 2014

    From the IRS website. . . http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Announces-2015-Pension-Plan-Limitations;-Taxpayers-May-Contribute-up-to-$18,000-to-their-401(k)-plans-in-2015 If you have a 401(k), you can contribute $18,000 to it in 2015. IRA contributions are staying the same. The post IRS Announces 2... [Link]
  • A Sick Ship? Adventure of the Seas Can't Shake the Bug

    October 24th, 2014

    Earlier this month, we were contacted by passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas because of back-to-back norovirus outbreaks requiring "deep cleaning" of the cruise ship.You can read our article about the situation here.  A number of passengers complained of some p... [Link]
  • What Are Veterans Benefits?

    October 24th, 2014

    Veterans benefits are given to veterans who have a disability that occurred or was made worse during their military service.  This compensation comes from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) office and can be given to a veteran due to an illness or injury. Unlike Social Security Disabili... [Link]
  • 13 Year Old Charged as Adult in Shooting Death of Homeless Jacksonville Man

    October 24th, 2014

    In June, Thomas Trent was found dead in a shopping center parking lot on Jacksonville's westside. The 54 year homeless man had died from a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities have now accused 13 year old Sharron Townsend of the homicide. Townsend was 12 years old at the time of the shooting, a... [Link]
  • Proofs of Loss Actual Cash Value and Contents

    October 24th, 2014

    Robert T. Trautmann, Esq., in Merlin Law Group's Red Bank, New Jersey office, talks specifics on the Proof of Loss form for the National Flood Insurance Program. . [Link]
  • SFL Friday -- Bring the Pain!

    October 24th, 2014

    Hi kids, here's what is sloshing around in my noggin this am:1.  Free candy handouts to poor people -- this Obama guy never quits!2.  How do you get the Governor to show for a deposition -- hold a fundraiser:Attorney Steven R. Andrews was prepared to put the governor under oath in Tallaha... [Link]
  • LAST CALL TOBACCO ROAD

    October 24th, 2014

    Tobacco Road, Miami's oldest bar, closes its doors for the last time this Saturday. It's had a good great run.In simpler times, lawyers and judges met after court and had a few cold ones, and maybe ate a cheeseburger before heading home.  It was a place of good food, good drinks, good live musi... [Link]
  • 11th Circuit "emergency" over

    October 24th, 2014

    On October 17, the 11th Circuit, per Chief Judge Carnes, issued an order putting an end to the emergency order that allowed cases to be decided by panels with only one active 11th Circuit judge.  Now we are back to at least 2 11th Circuit judges per panel.Aly Palmer of the Daily Report has this... [Link]
  • THURSDAY NOTES

    October 24th, 2014

    Cancelled! – Hollywood Jay Hurley will have to get used to life outside the spotlight.  Rumor has it he’s swapping divisions with Kal Evans, after criticism concerning his handling of an Ebola faking inmate, and after a lengthy and escalating battle with Howard Finkelstein over what th... [Link]
  • In Florida, Police Usually Need an Arrest Warrant to Make an Arrest for a Misdemeanor Outside His/Her Presence

    October 23rd, 2014

    In Florida, the police cannot just arrest any person he/she has probable cause to believe has committed a crime. A police officer does not need an arrest warrant signed by a judge to arrest a person for a felony charge or a misdemeanor that has occurred in his/her or another police officer's presen... [Link]
  • Warrantless Searches and Your Personal Cell Phone

    October 23rd, 2014

    In today’s modern world, cell phones have become nearly ubiquitous. With this in mind, privacy activists hailed the US Supreme Court’s 2014 Riley v. California decision this past summer, which ruled that law enforcement officers must obtain search warrants before searching the cell phone... [Link]
  • Nor'easter Expected to Bring Heavy Rain and Strong Winds to Northeast & Mid-Atlantic

    October 23rd, 2014

    A Nor'easter began to wreak havoc in New England and the surrounding areas Tuesday and the inclement effects are expected to continue through Friday. Flooded roads, wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, hail of up to three quarters of an inch thick, and fallen trees and power lines have already bee... [Link]
  • Jacksonville Juveniles Involved in Fight at Duval County High School

    October 23rd, 2014

    As a Jacksonville juvenile criminal lawyer, I have represented children charged with fighting and affray in Jacksonville.  I have represented teenagers facing Jacksonville assault and battery charges.  In some cases, children are disciplined only through the school system.  Other times, they ... [Link]
  • Blackwater Contractors Convicted of Killings in Iraq

    October 23rd, 2014

    This past Wednesday, October 22, 2014, four former Blackwater contractors were convicted in the infamous 2o007 killings in Baghdad, by a federal jury. In 2007, at the height of the United States incursion in Iraq, seventeen Iraqi civilians were killed and eighteen wounded in a busy traffic circle in... [Link]
  • Court Allows Victims to Recover Even if a Condition is Open and Obvious

    October 23rd, 2014

    If you are injured in a fall on a business owner’s premises, a crucial question will be whether the dangerous condition was “open and obvious” to you. The open and obvious doctrine can be a difficult hurdle to overcome for injured victims seeking damages for their injuries, but a case earlier... [Link]
  • National Teen Driver Safety Week 2014

    October 23rd, 2014

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared this week, October 19-25, as National Teen Driver Safety Week. Due to the sad reality that motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens ages 14 to 18, the NHTSA has made this issue a top priority. The NHTSA’... [Link]
  • Becker & Poliakoff Shareholder Bill Cea discusses the basics of acquiring government contacts in Florida through the public bidding process.

    October 23rd, 2014

    Becker & Poliakoff Shareholder Bill Cea discusses the basics of acquiring government contacts in Florida through the public bidding process.  ... [Link]
  • Carnival and Royal Caribbean Threaten to Pull Out of Belize Due to Ebola Screening

    October 23rd, 2014

    7 News Belize reports that after Belize’s Ministry of Immigration announced new stringent measures for Ebola screening at the Belize Harbor, Carnival and Royal Caribbean "threatened to pull scheduled cruises fast and furious." In an article entitled Cruise Ships Balk At New Ebol... [Link]
  • Ebola Outbreak: Could cruise passengers be in danger?

    October 23rd, 2014

    Lately the news has been flooded with facts and information on the outbreak of the Ebola virus. The Ebola virus affects some animals as well as humans and is spread through body fluids and mucus. The virus can be highly infectious if not handled properly. However, it does not become infectious until... [Link]
  • Federal Tax Lien Did Not Survive Death of Joint Tenant

    October 23rd, 2014

    Two individuals (Cunning and Wren) acquired real property in the U.S. Virgin Islands as joint tenants with rights of survivorship (JTWROS) in 2005. In 2010 the IRS filed a federal tax lien against Cunning in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cunning died in 2011, so that Wren succeeded to 100% ownership of t... [Link]
  • Representing and Helping Policyholders is Good for the Soul - Reflections on Merlin vs. Badger

    October 23rd, 2014

    Steve Badger was a good sport before and after our presentation at TAPIA's Fall meeting last week. Here's a picture of us after the event: I personally think it is difficult to keep saying "no" to almost anything or anybody. Insurance claims adjusters seem to find a way to do it when the... [Link]
  • Laurence Leavy: The Marlins Man!

    October 23rd, 2014

    I had forgotten we're in the middle of a World Series, but then the Herald reminded me with this photo:I love this guy!Apparently he's a Broward workers' comp attorney named Laurence Leavy.He's done more with this gesture to promote the Marlins and create good will in this community than that entire... [Link]
  • Common Lawsuits Against Florida Condominium Boards

    October 23rd, 2014

    Learn About (jump to these sections): How is Condominium Living Different? Condo Boards Exceeding Their Power Condo Boards and Common Areas Condo Boards Get Nasty Over Pets Living near the beach is a dream of many Americans. Many have achieved this goal by owning a condominium in South Florida,  in... [Link]
  • Lockett Family Sues Over Oklahoma Execution

    October 23rd, 2014

        In what is probably no surprise to anyone, the family of Clayton Lockett, who suffered so horribly during his April 29, 2014 execution by the State of Oklahoma, has filed a civil lawsuit for damages.   You can read the full complaint online here (thanks to the Death Penalty Inform... [Link]
  • Police Officers Involved in Florida Sex Sting Investigations Have Been Deleting Records

    October 22nd, 2014

    As someone who stands falsely accused of a Florida sex crime, like solicitation of a minor for sex or child pornography, you are outraged and terrified by the charges. Or perhaps you are a friend or family member of someone who has been charged with sex crimes. This person claims to be innocent, b... [Link]
  • Judge Gold formally retires

    October 22nd, 2014

    The blog reported back in August the sad news that Judge Gold was formally retiring this month and that he would close his chambers and take inactive status.  John Pacenti of the Daily Business Review covered the story last week and reports that Judge Gold is happy about moving on to the next p... [Link]
  • Cash Party!

    October 22nd, 2014

    Pam: "Oh Rickey, can't we execute on another night? The girls are having a party. A cash party!"Rick Scott's impression of a mammal is near spot on. [Link]
  • “How Do You Win Those Criminal Jury Trials?”

    October 22nd, 2014

    As I sat in the federal prosecutor’s office for our first meeting concerning my client accused of Federal Aggravated Identity Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud, he pretty much assured me that he had overwhelming evidence of guilt and that his case was a slam dunk. He, along wi... [Link]
  • “How Do You Win Those Criminal Jury Trials?”

    October 22nd, 2014

    As I sat in the federal prosecutor’s office for our first meeting concerning my client accused of Federal Aggravated Identity Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud, he pretty much assured me that he had overwhelming evidence of guilt and that his case was a slam dunk. He, along wi... [Link]
  • Domestic Violence Injunction Violation: Don't Be A Sucker For Love

    October 22nd, 2014

    Domestic violence injunctions are serious business. Having an injunction issued against you limits your rights in certain areas. It limits the freedom to go certain places, it limits the freedom to possess firearms, and it creates criminal liability for violating the injunction. Florida Statute 7... [Link]
  • Luzardo v. State – Civil Negligence Versus Criminal Wrong in Crash Case

    October 22nd, 2014

    Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal recently reversed the criminal conviction of a man for vehicular homicide, finding that while his actions behind the wheel were careless – and possibly even negligent – they did not rise to the level of recklessness required to convict him o... [Link]
  • 2014 National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 19-25

    October 22nd, 2014

    Parents need to talk to first-time drivers. Sadly, surveys show that only 25% of parents take the time to talk with their new drivers about the dangers of driving.The 2014 – 2015 school year is fully underway. As such, we are seeing an increase of teenage drivers hitting the road for the first tim... [Link]
  • NHTSA Issues Consumer Advisory: Florida Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action

    October 22nd, 2014

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a press release Monday urging owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. The message expresses the need for urgency when respond... [Link]
  • Prescription Drug Database – Another Way Big Brother is Watching You

    October 22nd, 2014

    Recently, the State Senate approved legislation to create a database of patients taking prescription drugs.  The idea is to give doctors tools to see if the same patients is getting prescriptions from multiple doctors and abusing prescription medication.  Sounds like a good idea, right? The good... [Link]
  • 3d DCA Watch -- This Actually (Did Not) Happen!

    October 22nd, 2014

    Here's an actual exchange between an unnamed bunkerite and a loyal law clerk: Judge:  Where is everybody?  The bus for Schnedbly's leaves in two minutes!  We can't be late!Clerk:  Your Most Honorable, Resplendently Robed One Who Speaketh in Gravest Tones, they are busy writing im... [Link]
  • Cosmetic Damage is Physical Damage

    October 22nd, 2014

    Property insurance policies cover physical damage to property. Cosmetic damage has traditionally been paid if the damage is greater than the deductible. Lately, some ingenious insurance company lawyers are wrongfully arguing that their stingy insurance company claims managers are correctly not payin... [Link]
  • HOROWITZ v. WEINSTEIN?

    October 22nd, 2014

     Can Horowitz restore order? Pete Weinstein’s father may have walked with Martin Luther King, but we’re hard pressed to draw any other comparisons between Broward’s beleaguered chief judge and a leader of King’s stature.  After four years of Weinstein at the helm, the 17th... [Link]
  • BLINK 182

    October 22nd, 2014

    Ben Bradlee, the charming yet gruff editor of theWashington Post, who found his paper alone reporting arguably the biggest domestic story in US politics, died today at 93. Bradlee's support of his reporters was legendary. He turned the Washington Post from a sleepy third place newspaper, into the pr... [Link]
  • What is a Nuisance Under Florida Condominium Law?

    October 21st, 2014

    Florida condo unit owners are guaranteed the right to enjoy their homes as they see fit under Florida law with one big (make that HUGE) limitation: they cannot use their property in such a way that it injures or impedes the rights of another owner. Florida condo unit owners can decorate their homes... [Link]
  • Jacksonville Burglary Arrest After Video Released

    October 21st, 2014

    Yesterday, First Coast News reported about a Jacksonville burglary case.  The news station reached out to the public and asked for anyone with information to call the police.  Local news stations work with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers … Continue reading →... [Link]
  • Prizmo

    October 21st, 2014

    Prizmo is a scanning app for iPhone and iPad. It can export in multiple formats and even OCR a scan. Read more about it here. Posted by Jon Lutz... [Link]
  • Can adequate record keeping really prevent you from collecting PIP benefits?

    October 21st, 2014

    PIP insurers are always seeking out creative ways to defend personal injury protection cases. From failure to submit a valid demand letter, to provider-executed assignments of benefits lacking the requisite standing, insurers are attempting to minimize their liability/damages. I have encountered a n... [Link]
  • Spencer on Mediation!

    October 21st, 2014

    "The first thing you do, is to try to dress like Nucky Thompson."Of course I kid -- here he offers good advice to those unfamiliar with the legal process.Nice to see him back! [Link]
  • The Predatory "Sweet Spot" - Bahamian Tourism Police Arrest U.S. Cruise Tourist for Pot Possession

    October 21st, 2014

    Bahamas Weekly reports that last weekend the police in Nassau, Bahamas arrested a U.S. citizen for possession of marijuana. The report says that he was a 33 year old man from Jacksonville, Florida. The Florida man was arrested for possession of pot on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Around 4:30 PM last... [Link]