Monthly Archives: July 2014

Hospital Agrees to pay $7 Million in Whistleblower Settlement

http://www.thefloridalawjournal.com/2014/04/hospital-agrees-… Hospital Agrees to pay $7 Million in Whistleblower Settlement   All Children’s Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues. The suit was filed in July 2011 by Barbara Schubert, who was Continue Reading...

Social media in the workplace

http://thomsonreuters.com/articles/2013/social-media-in-the-… Social media in the workplace  While damaged careers, password privacy and social media in the workplace may not be top of the mind for users of major social networks, new FindLaw.com survey results show all of these issues to be increasingly controversial across a range of professions and demographics. Necessary for compliance or an invasion of employee privacy? While Continue Reading...

Judge who hit public defender returns to bench, less than a month later

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/judge_who_hit_public_… Judge who hit public defender returns to bench, less than a month later Not quite a month after loudly challenging a public defender and inviting him outside the courtroom for a fight-and reportedly striking him-Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy apologized and returned to the bench Monday, Florida Today reports. Video of the Florida courtroom outburst went viral, and Continue Reading...

Unconscionability and Arbitration

http://floridacontractlaw.blogspot.com/2014/06/unconscionabi… Unconscionability and Arbitration The Florida Supreme Court recently decided a case with broad implications regarding arbitration clauses and contract unconscionability. In Basulto v. Hialeah Auto., 39 Fla. L. Weekly S 140, 2014 Fla. LEXIS 1051 (Fla. Mar. 20, 2014), the court was faced with a situation in which a consumer who purchased an automobile from a commercial dealership signed Continue Reading...

Plaintiff lawyers identify problems with GM compensation plan for ignition-switch accidents

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/plaintiffs_lawyers_id… Plaintiff lawyers identify problems with GM compensation plan for ignition-switch accidents  Plaintiffs’ lawyers are criticizing General Motors’ compensation plan for victims of accidents arising from ignition-switch defects. Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg on Monday revealed details of the compensation plan (PDF) he will oversee on behalf of GM, report Corporate Counsel and the New York Times. Though there is no overall Continue Reading...

Spice–Illegal in Florida and under Federal Laws

http://www.floridacriminallawblog.com/2013/10/spiceillegal_i… Spice–Illegal in Florida and under Federal Laws Spice, promoted as a synthetic marijuana, is illegal in Florida, Alabama and under Federal laws. It wasn’t that long ago when this product was available in convenience stores and elsewhere. This product was also labeled “K2,” “herbal incense” or “potpourri.” An act to ban the use and distribution of the drug was Continue Reading...

Judge throws out George Zimmerman’s libel lawsuit against NBC

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/judge_throws_out_geor… Judge throws out George Zimmerman’s libel lawsuit against NBC A federal judge has dismissed George Zimmerman’s libel suit against NBC. The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that Seminole Circuit Judge Debra Nelson of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida has tossed out Zimmerman’s lawsuit. Zimmerman had originally filed the lawsuit two years ago, accusing NBC of painting him as Continue Reading...

Packaged Warranty Language Creates a Contract Between Manufacturer and End-User

http://floridacontractlaw.blogspot.com/2014/04/third-party-b… Packaged Warranty Language Creates a Contract Between Manufacturer and End-User In Horton v. Woodman Labs, Inc., No. 8:13-cv-3176-T-30MAP, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45502 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 2, 2014), the Middle District of Florida held that the manufacturer’s written warranty constituted a written agreement between the manufacturer and the end-user, even though the end-user bought the product from a third Continue Reading...
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