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Do You Know — Escaping a sinking vehicle

11/4/2015
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I can still remember being in high school and discovering a small orange hammer in my friend’s car. Her father had given it to her to use on one of the windows should the vehicle somehow become submerged under water. At the time I couldn’t imagine a situation where that […]

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Florida Supreme Court Protecting the Rights of Citizens

10/30/2015
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In another victory for the injured victims of our State, yesterday the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in a products liability case, Aubin v. Union Carbide, which reversed an appellate court’s adoption of more stringent proof requirements for injured plaintiffs. The decision, which reinstated a jury verdict of over […]

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Unseen Motorcycles and the Case for Helmets

08/26/2015
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Nearly every Florida resident has had the experience of driving down one of our major interstates, with another car speeding by, merging from lane to lane with little concern for those around them. But the drivers at most peril are those who too often go unnoticed even by drivers paying […]

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Medical Malpractice Damage Caps — A Balance of Justice

07/6/2015
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In a recent landmark decision for the citizens in the State of Florida, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, the appellate court for Palm Beach, Broward, and the counties to their north, issued an opinion finding the application of noneconomic damage caps in medical malpractice cases unconstitutional. This ruling is […]

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When Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance is Not Enough

06/11/2015
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Over two years have gone by since the Florida legislature, with the shepherding of Gov. Rick Scott, passed amendments to the Florida PIP (No-Fault) auto insurance statute. Adding the “emergency medical condition” to the auto insurance-lexicon was perhaps the most noticeable change. Unless a Florida driver has a diagnosis of […]

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E-Discovering Electronically Stored Information

12/11/2012
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As we have previously discussed, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide specific rules for the handling and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). In Florida, the Rules of Civil Procedure were recently amended to include at least some guidance relating to ESI and e-discovery. Those amendments impacted different rules: […]

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Ford Motor Company recalls an abundance of SUV’s

07/27/2012
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Watching last night’s news, one of the stories that got only a brief mention, caught my attention. Yesterday Ford Motor Company announced a recall of 484,600 SUVs made by the manufacturer from 2001 to 2004.  As a Ford owner from a family of Ford owners, I found this story to […]

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Pedestrians Need Eyes Wide Open for Safety

07/23/2012
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As our legislators and law enforcement officers look for new and creative ways to make our roads and interstates safer by demanding better built cars and keeping drunk drivers off of the street, an often overlooked area of concern is pedestrian safety. In fact, in the United States over 47,700 […]

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