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The Florida Lawyers Blog Watch:

The following is an RSS driven aggregation of the 10 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!

  • En banc 11th Circuit decides U.S. v. Roy

    April 26th, 2017

    At long last, the en banc 11th Circuit today decided United States v. Roy.  The opinions span 287 pages.  Judge Carnes wrote the majority opinion, finding harmless error in conducting trial without counsel present during a portion of the trial.  From the conclusion:We end, as we began, by acknowl... [Link]
  • Florida DUI Ignition Interlock Bill Gets State House Committee Approval

    April 26th, 2017

    A bill that would require all those convicted of DUI in Florida – including first timers – to have ignition interlock devices installed has successfully made it through its first hurdle in the state House of Representatives. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved House Bill 949... [Link]
  • Mistakes or Fraud?

    April 26th, 2017

    The issue has been framed as "mistakes vs. fraud" in the Melgen trial, which is now with the jury.  From the PBP: Acknowledging Dr. Salomon Melgen made some mistakes as he struggled to treat more than 100 patients a day at clinics from Delray Beach to Port St. Lucie, his attorney spent... [Link]
  • Claims Handling Requirements by State – Texas

    April 26th, 2017

    I recently received a request to write about the claims handling guidelines in Texas. In the great state of Texas, the handling of insurance claims are governed by both the Administrative Code and Insurance Code. Generally, and insurance carrier may not engage in any unfair settlement practices.1 An... [Link]
  • Carnival Shakes Down U.S. Military Serviceman

    April 26th, 2017

    A couple of years ago, I wrote a number of articles asking the rhetorical question why cruise lines have an image problem. I discussed a number of rather outrageous cases where the cruise lines refuse to refund or credit cruise fares when their customers face a personal catastrophe, like the unexpe... [Link]
  • MORE VOIR DIRE

    April 26th, 2017

    We're in a jury selection mood lately, so here are Rumpole's "Rules Of Voir Dire" (c) 2017 Justice Building Blog. 10.  This is for ASAs. Never ask jurors if they would like DNA, Video, fingerprints, etc, when you don't have that in your case. You ask them that, they think for a second and say "sur... [Link]
  • Gotta love this story

    April 25th, 2017

    Justice Breyer's cell phone went off in Court today. Of course it's no big deal and things happen.  But can you imagine if that happened to a lawyer instead of a judge.  Woah, the sky would fall.  Here's the WP on the incident:Some questions about today’s incident remain unanswered. Breyer’s... [Link]
  • So Just How Believable Does This Sound?

    April 25th, 2017

    Remember it's under oath in Judge Butchko's always well-run courtroom:Tomás Regalado said Monday that his concern is not the hotel industry but rather the residents. That was the focus of his November meeting with Lopez, who is registered to lobby with Miami-Dade County but not with the city of M... [Link]
  • No-Fault Divorce Retrenchment: Trend or Fluke?

    April 25th, 2017

    It seems like only yesterday that New York became the last state in the USA to allow no-fault divorce. But it was actually 2010. One of the more surprising recent events in the always-evolving universe of divorce and child custody … Continue reading →... [Link]
  • Federalists and privacy

    April 25th, 2017

    The Federalist Society will be discussing cell tower data and privacy this Friday.  I will be debating the Florida Solicitor General, Amit Agarwal, who was my opponent in the en banc cell tower case of U.S. v. Quartavious Davis.  It's being moderated by Judge Raag Singhal.  Should be fun:... [Link]