Yesterday, the Third District Court of Appeal issued an important opinion relating to the discovery of cellphone information. In Aguila v. Frederic, 45 Fla. L. Weekly D2043 (Fla. 3d DCA, Aug. 26, 2020), the appellate court quashed a trial court order compelling disclosure of discovery relating to a civil defendant’s possession and use of his mobile phone during a crash that gave rise to wrongful death litigation.Read More
The jury selection portion of the Miami-Dade Courts’ Virtual Jury Trial Pilot will commence on Thursday, July 9th. Jurors will appear in a Virtual Courtroom via Zoom.Read More
Posted in Legal Alerts on June 12, 2020
On June 3, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that most of Florida, exclusive of some South Florida counties, would enter Phase 2 of the Re-Open Florida Task Force’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Phase 2 permits restaurants to open at 50% capacity indoors exclusive of employees. For the first time, bars, defined as “any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derive more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages” may open and operate at 50% capacity indoors with bar areas to be open with seated service. The re-opening provision does not apply to nightclubs, which must remain closed. Both restaurants and bars may open outdoor seating, the only limitation being with “appropriate social distancing.” Executive Order 20-68 modified earlier Executive Orders and took effect on June 5, 2020.Read More
After 6 years, the Florida Legislature has finally passed what appears to be an effective crackdown on Assignment of Benefit (AOB) abuse that has plagued first-party property insurance for years.Read More
Posted in Legal Alerts on May 29, 2018
On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, determining whether or not employment contracts can legally bar employees from collective suits such as class actions. Dale Friedman, a litigation partner in Conroy Simberg's Hollywood office, takes a look at the Supreme Court's ruling and its impact.