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June 2nd, 2016

Florida’s Strengthened ‘Expert Testimony’ Standard Working, But Still under Threat by State’s High Court

Joining several state trial and appellate courts in doing so, a unanimous Florida appeals court yesterday embraced a more exacting standard for expert testimony which, believe it or not, may yet be struck down by the Sunshine State’s notoriously plaintiff-friendly Supreme Court . . . → Read More: Florida’s Strengthened ‘Expert Testimony’ Standard Working, But Still under Threat by State’s High Court

June 1st, 2016

Florida Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Steals from Clients, Gets Disbarred Goes to Jail, and . . . Blames Others

Previously disbarred Miami plaintiffs’ attorney Guy Bailey is off to prison for 25 months after failing to pay, as a condition of probation, restitution to clients from whom he’d stolen some $700,000 . . . → Read More: Florida Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Steals from Clients, Gets Disbarred Goes to Jail, and . . . Blames Others

April 6th, 2016

Twice in March, Florida’s Plaintiff-Friendly High Court Erodes ‘Engle’ Compromises

Twice last month the plaintiff-friendly Florida Supreme Court gave personal injury lawyers new incentives to keep the state’s tobacco litigation chain smokin’ . . . → Read More: Twice in March, Florida’s Plaintiff-Friendly High Court Erodes ‘Engle’ Compromises

March 30th, 2016

Florida Needs New Class Action Forum at Miami Law Like It Needs a Category 5 Hurricane

With an apparent desire to ensure in perpetuity Florida’s status as a perennial Judicial Hellhole, three locally based class action law firms have donated $1 million to the University of Miami School of Law to fund an annual forum on complex mass torts and multidistrict litigation . . . → Read More: Florida Needs New Class Action Forum at Miami Law Like It Needs a Category 5 Hurricane

March 14th, 2016

Florida Judge Who’d Repeatedly Taken Baseball Tickets from Slip-and-Fall Lawyers Resigns

A Florida judge who had been charged with ethics violations for repeatedly seeking Major League Baseball tickets from a plaintiffs’ law firm is “Out!” . . . → Read More: Florida Judge Who’d Repeatedly Taken Baseball Tickets from Slip-and-Fall Lawyers Resigns

February 24th, 2016

South Florida Lawyer Forges Judges’ Signatures on More than 100 Structured Settlement Documents

Florida lawyer Jose Manuel Camacho is facing 14 counts of forgery for allegedly signing the names of seven different judges on more than 100 structured settlement documents . . . → Read More: South Florida Lawyer Forges Judges’ Signatures on More than 100 Structured Settlement Documents

February 4th, 2016

Slip-and-Fall Lawyers’ Baseball Tickets Trip up Florida Judge

Just when you thought self-serving plaintiffs’ lawyers couldn’t sink Florida’s civil justice system any further into the swamp of unethical behavior that makes it a regular Judicial Hellhole, at least one Florida judge has joined their drive to the darkest depths . . . → Read More: Slip-and-Fall Lawyers’ Baseball Tickets Trip up Florida Judge

January 29th, 2016

Stephen Diaco, a Florida Attorney Implicated in a DUI Setup, has been Permanently Disbarred

Stephen Diaco, one of three Tampa, FL attorneys involved in a DUI setup of an opposing counsel, has been permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court. Diaco had previously sought review of a lower court’s recommendation of permanent disbarment but withdrew his request. . . . → Read More: Stephen Diaco, a Florida Attorney Implicated in a DUI Setup, has been Permanently Disbarred

January 19th, 2016

Florida Supreme Court Disbars Three Attorneys Who Set DUI Trap for Opposing Counsel

The Florida Supreme Court late last week unanimously disbarred three Tampa attorneys found by a lower court to have conspired to gain an advantage in a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit by ensnaring opposing counsel in a DUI honeypot trap . . . → Read More: Florida Supreme Court Disbars Three Attorneys Who Set DUI Trap for Opposing Counsel

July 21st, 2014

Florida Jury Delivers Plainly Unconstitutional Punitive Damages Award in Cigarette Case

With emotional incitement of juries, the personal injury bar continues to draw furiously on the dwindling butt of tobacco litigation in Florida, where a preposterous and plainly unconstitutional punitive damages award of $23.6 billion — that’s billion with a “b” –was rendered July 18 . . . → Read More: Florida Jury Delivers Plainly Unconstitutional Punitive Damages Award in Cigarette Case

May 9th, 2012

With Hellholes Leading the Way, Bogus Slip-and-Fall Claims Rise Nationwide

A just-released report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that questionable slip-and-fall claims rose by 12% from 2010 through 2011, and not coincidentally many past and present Judicial Hellholes are where most of these bogus, bottom-feeding lawsuits are filed . . . → Read More: With Hellholes Leading the Way, Bogus Slip-and-Fall Claims Rise Nationwide

April 10th, 2012

Once & Future ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Dominate New List of States with Highest Medical Lawsuit Payouts

According to 2011 data, the six states with the highest average payouts for medical liability lawsuits are all home to current or recently named Judicial Hellholes. Go figure . . . → Read More: Once & Future ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Dominate New List of States with Highest Medical Lawsuit Payouts

April 3rd, 2012

Louisiana Supreme Court Joins Growing Number of State High Courts Upholding Limits on Medical Liability Damages

Louisiana has joined the growing majority of states whose high courts have upheld statutory limits on medical liability damages awarded by juries. These limits provide greater protection for doctors, which decrease the likelihood of doctors fleeing the state, thereby, increasing patients’ access to health care and increasing the standard of care which is available. . . . → Read More: Louisiana Supreme Court Joins Growing Number of State High Courts Upholding Limits on Medical Liability Damages

January 31st, 2012

Florida Bill Seeks Greater Legal Protections for Health Care Providers

Concerned by some of the highest-in-the-nation insurance premiums for physicians, a key committee in the Florida House has passed a bill that would grant greater protections for health care providers in medical liability cases . . . → Read More: Florida Bill Seeks Greater Legal Protections for Health Care Providers