Month: September 2009


Sep. 30, 2009
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I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. Personally, I love autumn. Football starts again, kids go back to school, temperatures begin a slow decline to something approaching pleasant and the end of hurricane season approaches.
 
The past few years have brought us a much-needed reprieve from the onslaught of hurricanes that, at times, made us feel like Mother Nature was loading tropical systems into a machine gun aimed at Florida. Nevertheless, many of us brace ourselves in June and follow the weather reports closely until the end of the season nears in October and November.
 
I’ve begun to realize, however, that we Floridians face not one, but two hurricane seasons every year.…

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Of all the organizations I’m involved in, the BCJA is my favorite.  When I was a law student, I clerked for Morris Finkel, who was then President of this group.  Morris, now one of my partners, brought me as his guest to a monthly dinner meeting.  That evening had a profound effect on me, and helped form my decision to become a Plaintiff Trial Lawyer.  I remember that meeting well: it was held at the Riverside Hotel, and while sitting in on Case Evaluation I was stunned at the free exchange of knowledge, opinions and assistance.  The dinner was likewise memorable, not so much for the food (some things never change) but because the speaker and topic were timely and interesting, and I got to sit at Morris’ table with  Judges and lawyers whose names, while unfamiliar to me at the time, have become very familiar indeed.  …

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Sep. 23, 2009
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For a session that wasn’t supposed to be focused on “Tort Reform”, there were an alarming number of such Bills before the legislature this year.  Our battles in Tallahassee are far from over. We can all consider this past session a victory, thanks to the hard work of our brethren at the Florida Justice Association.  Click on this link to find a brief legislative update from the FJA’s website (www.floridajusticeassociation.org), where additional information is available.
 
Looking back over the “Bad Bills” should give us all pause—Insurance Company Bad Faith Immunity?  Really?  That was on the table?  I’m being flippant, of course, but I can’t believe this didn’t cause more concern within our profession.…

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It seems that every time I think we have a bit of time to relax our vigilance and focus exclusively on our practices, the enemies of Justice launch another attack.  John Thrasher is running for the open seat in State Senate District 8 (Jacksonville). What does a Jacksonville State Senate race mean to us down here in Broward County?
 
For those of you who are unfamiliar with State politics, James Thrasher may be an unknown to you.  As Speaker of the House, Thrasher joined forces with Jeb Bush on a mission to destroy Florida’s civil justice system.  In my opinion, no one has done more harm to your client’s rights and Florida’s consumers than John Thrasher. …

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