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TFB - Daily News Summary - Feb. 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018  

THE FLORIDA BAR

Daily News Summary

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.

 

Feb. 21, 2018

The Florida Bar

TRUST ACCOUNTING PILOT PROGRAM PLANNED

The Florida Bar News | Article | March 01, 2018

A final contract is being drafted that will allow a pilot program for The Florida Bar’s new trust accounting initiative aimed at helping lawyers comply with Bar trust accounting rules. The Bar is working on an agreement with TMI Trust Company that will provide the platform to allow lawyers, if they make the correct entries when they deposit or withdraw funds, to automatically comply with the Bar’s trust accounting rules.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

MEET THE BROWARD JUDGE AT THE HELM OF THE PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING CASE

Daily Business Review | Article | February 20, 2018

Elizabeth Scherer is the Broward Circuit judge presiding over the case of Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 counts of premeditated murder for the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The case has already sparked a political debate about gun control, premises liability and the death penalty. Scherer was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2012 at the age of 36.  The judge is a former prosecutor, who was an assistant state attorney in Broward for about 11 years, beginning in 2001.

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UF LAW STUDENTS ARE SELLING DONUTS FOR PARKLAND SHOOTING VICTIMS

Independent Florida Alligator | Article | February 19, 2018

 

Constitution Revision Commission

IN JACKSONVILLE, CITIZENS VOICE THEIR OPINIONS TO STATE CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

Florida Times-Union | Article | February 20, 2018

For hours that stretched into the night Tuesday [Feb. 20], citizens had a chance to share their opinions, and share their opinions they did. At the University of North Florida, the Constitution Revision Commission, a once-every-20-years agency that proposes changes to the state constitution, met to hear comments from the public on 37 proposed amendments. Hour after hour, people stood up to opine about guns and abortion and tobacco. But perhaps no initiative drew as many people as one that would ban gambling on greyhound races.

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CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION IN JACKSONVILLE: 37 PROPOSALS, 200+ SPEAKERS

Florida Politics | Article | February 20, 2018

COMMENTARY: GOOD, BAD, UGLY EFFORTS TO REWRITE FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION

Orlando Sentinel | Column | February 20, 2018

 

Civil Justice Issues

LAWSUIT: HUNDREDS OF FOSTER KIDS HARMED BY BEING BOUNCED FROM HOME TO HOME

Tampa Bay Times | Article | February 20, 2018

An international law firm and a children’s advocacy group are suing the Florida Department of Children and Families for failing to provide adequate accommodation and care for foster children. Law firm Baker McKenzie and nonprofit group Children’s Rights on Tuesday [Feb. 20] filed the class action lawsuit against DCF on behalf of about 2,000 children in foster care in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Between January 2016 and June 2017, more than 400 children stayed in 10 or more foster homes, known as placements, according to the lawsuit.

 

Civil Justice Issues

MIAMI LAW FIRMS SUE BIG PHARMA ON BEHALF OF MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PROVIDERS

Daily Business Review | Article | February 20, 2018

Two Miami law firms have filed a statewide class action on behalf of Medicaid managed care groups to recoup alleged losses from the opioid crisis. The lawsuit filed Friday [Feb. 16] in Miami-Dade Circuit Court aims to hold opioid manufacturers, distributors and marketers liable for health care costs related to painkiller addiction. The Ferraro Law Firm and MSP Recovery Law Firm also are involved in the federal opioid multidistrict litigation consolidated in Ohio.

 

Civil Justice Issues

UBER CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT OVER HOW DRIVERS WERE PAID GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM JUDGE

Los Angeles Times | Article | February 19, 2018

A class-action lawsuit alleging that Uber stiffed its drivers of fare money has received class certification, paving the way for the lawsuit to include thousands of drivers nationwide who did not sign an arbitration agreement with the San Francisco company. The breach of contract lawsuit, filed in May in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleges that when Uber implemented a feature called “upfront pricing” in August 2016, it didn’t pay drivers their fair share.

 

Judiciary

2 NEW VOLUSIA COUNTY JUDGES ASSIGNED

Daytona Beach News-Journal | Article | February 20, 2018

Two new Volusia County judges are set to put on their robes, with the newest one taking the bench today [Feb. 21]. David A. Cromartie has been assigned a civil division at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex at City Island in Daytona Beach. He starts today. A. Christian Miller will start hearing cases on March 1 in a civil division at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.

 

Legal Profession

PODCAST: A STALLED ELEVATOR LEADS TO LOVE IN LAWYER’S BEST-SELLING ROMANCE NOVEL

ABA Journal | Article | February 21, 2018

Being trapped on an elevator leads to romance for the hero and heroine in “The Wedding Date,” written by attorney Jasmine Guillory. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Guillory tells the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles that writing served as a stress release from her legal work and functioned as her creative outlet. Guillory also shares how her background in legal aid helped inspire a subplot of the book.


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