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TFB - Daily News Summary - Feb. 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018  

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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.

 

Feb. 28, 2018

Legal Discipline

SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 13 ATTORNEYS

The Florida Bar | News Release | February 27, 2018

The Florida Bar announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 13 attorneys – disbarring four, revoking the license of one, suspending five, and publicly reprimanding three. Two attorneys were also placed on probation. Additional information on the discipline system and how to file a complaint are available at www.floridabar.org/attorneydiscipline.

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THREE TAMPA AREA ATTORNEYS DISCIPLINED BY STATE'S HIGHEST COURT

Tampa Bay Business Journal | Article | February 27, 2018

STATE SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 3 SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS

Daily Business Review | Article | February 27, 2018

TAMPA LAWYERS DISCIPLINED FOR EXCESSIVE FEES, ‘UNINTELLIGIBLE’ MOTIONS

Tampa Bay Times | Article | February 27, 2018

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REPRIMANDS TAMPA LAWYER NATALIE K. KHAWAM

Tampa Bay Times | Article | February 27, 2018

FLORIDA ATTORNEY DISBARRED AFTER SELLING FAKE MARIJUANA-GROWING CARDS

Miami New Times | Article | February 28, 2018

 

Constitution Revision Commission

‘TAKE IT TO THE PEOPLE’: PASSIONATE CITIZENS ADDRESS FLORIDA CRC IN PENSACOLA

Pensacola News Journal | Article | February 27, 2018

Hour after hour, a steady stream of judges, county commissioners, grandparents, students, environmentalists and entrepreneurs made their way to the lectern. For more than six hours, members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission heard citizens’ opinions on 37 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Hundreds of people registered to speak at the University of West Florida, some traveling from across the state for a chance to be heard.

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STATE CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION TO HOLD HEARING IN CAPE CORAL

Fort Myers Beach Bulletin | Article | February 28, 2018

 

Civil Justice Issues

SESSIONS SAYS DOJ TO BACKSTOP STATES’ EFFORTS TO HOLD BIG PHARMA LIABLE IN OPIOID CRISIS

National Law Journal | Article | February 28, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a new initiative to bolster state efforts to combat the growing opioid crisis. Sessions outlined plans to create a new litigation-oriented task force within the Department of Justice to pursue claims against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Sessions also announced that the department plans to file a statement of interest in a multidistrict litigation supporting efforts by state and local governments to hold several drug companies accountable for alleged false and deceptive marketing that played a key role in the opioid crisis.

 

Legal Profession

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN LAW STUDENTS SEND SUPPORT TO PARKLAND COMMUNITY

ABA for Law Students | Article | February 27, 2018

Students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law delivered a banner to support students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The banner, signed by Nova students and faculty, was delivered on Sunday [Feb. 25] to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, about 25 miles away.

 

Judiciary

NEW OKALOOSA COURTHOUSE TO FEATURE ENHANCED SECURITY, MORE PARKING

Crestview News Bulletin | Article | February 27, 2018

Construction of the new Okaloosa County Courthouse is on track for a late-July opening. The courthouse was originally scheduled to be complete by July 3, but inclement weather last fall pushed the contract end date to July 29. Jason Autrey, director of Okaloosa County Public Works, said that while the building may be open by July 29, it could take more time before the courthouse is fully operational.

 

Legal Profession

PARTNER RATE INCREASES GROWING AND MORE WIDESPREAD, NEW REPORT SAYS

ABA Journal | Article | February 28, 2018

Partner rate increases at the largest firms continue to grow and are more widespread, according to a LexisNexis report released Tuesday [Feb. 27]. Partners at the largest 50 firms with more than 750 attorneys have billing rates 45 percent higher than partners at firms that have between 501 and 750 lawyers. The fifth annual report focuses on six metrics: blended hourly rates, law firm consolidation, use of alternative fee arrangements (AFAs), and partner hourly rates by firm geography, practice and size.


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