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TFB - Daily News Summary - Oct. 18, 2017

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An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department and distributed to the Board of Governors, section and committee chairs, voluntary bar presidents, members of the judiciary and others.

 

October 18, 2017                                                                        

 

The Florida Bar

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE PRO BONO WEEK

The Florida Bar News | Article | October 15, 2017

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights The Florida Bar Foundation’s launch of a Pro Bono Week social media campaign during the ABA’s National Celebration of Pro Bono on Oct. 22-28 to increase participation in pro bono legal services statewide. The primary focus of this year’s campaign will be on getting lawyers to test drive FloridaProBonoMatters.org, a new interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation that enables lawyers to filter and search for pro bono cases.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

FLORIDA BAR AIMS TO ENGAGE FLORIDIANS IN CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW

Florida Politics | Article | October 17, 2017

Most Floridians do not know what the Constitution Revision Commission is or does, and The Florida Bar is trying to change that. The Bar launched “Protect Florida Democracy: Our Constitution, Our Rights, Our Courts,” a statewide public education program to fill the void in Floridians’ awareness of constitution revision and engage Floridians in this critical process. “Florida’s constitution determines how much power we the citizens give to our state government and what form that takes,” said Michael J. Higer, president of the Bar. “It is therefore important that we all tune in, stay informed and educated as to any process to amend Florida’s Constitution.”

 

Constitution Revision Commission

PANEL SAYS NO TO MOST OF PUBLIC’S IDEAS FOR REVISING FLORIDA CONSTITUTION

Miami Herald | Article | October 17, 2017

The Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday [Oct. 17] rejected all but a few of the 2,012 public proposals submitted by the public, advancing only six of them. After the meeting, several commissioners vowed to rescue some of the ideas by promising to incorporate them into their proposals. Commissioners have until Oct. 31 to draft their proposals, which will then be viewed and vetted by committees.

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Legal Profession

SHIFTING SANDS: SANCTIONS AND THE FAILURE TO PRESERVE DATA

Daily Business Review | Column | October 17, 2017

“Electronic discovery has changed how attorneys think about preservation of evidence. . . . Lawsuits today are won and lost on electronically stored information (ESI), which can be deleted or overwritten by a party’s computer system automatically and unintentionally. As a result, the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure changed how courts can remedy and punish the loss of ESI, setting the framework for an evolving standard that Florida may consider adopting.”

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA EYES LAWSUIT AGAINST VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS

Orlando Sentinel | Article | October 17, 2017

Florida is considering taking on a large pharmaceutical company, alleging the state’s pension fund lost some $127 million in stock value because of federal security violations by the company. The State Board of Administration will decide next month whether to hire a New York-based law firm to pursue a “direct action” case against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., rather than joining a class-action lawsuit against the company. Valeant has been accused of violating federal securities regulations by marking up drug prices and then selling the drugs through a pharmacy network, without disclosing the full scope of the transactions to the stockholders.

 

Civil Justice Issues

MIAMI JUDGE DISMISSES SEMINOLE TRIBE’S UTILITY TAX CHALLENGE

Daily Business Review | Article | October 17, 2017

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on Thursday [Oct. 12] dismissed the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s second lawsuit seeking relief from state utility taxes, ruling the issue was already decided. Scola ruled that the new lawsuit’s claims didn’t differ enough from the earlier case, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled federal law did not pre-empt the state from taxing the tribe’s electricity use. The Seminole Tribe previously took two taxation battles to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to take them up. Thus, the Eleventh Circuit’s initial utility tax decision stood, along with its ruling in Florida’s favor in a dispute over fuel taxes.


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