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Undertakings Doctrine May Apply To Injury Case

Undertakings Doctrine May Apply To Injury Case

Personal Injury

In the case of Jane v. Beef O’Brady’s of DeFuniak Springs, LLC and City of DeFuniak Springs, Case Number 1D21-623 (Fla. 1st DCA September 14, 2022), Florida’s First DCA held that the undertakings doctrine could apply to a wrongful death claim when one restaurant...

General Testimony And The Attorney Client Privilege

General Testimony And The Attorney Client Privilege

Car Accidents

In the case of Papa John’s USA, Inc. and Lorena Gonzalez v. Paula Moore, Case Number 5D22-716 (Fla. 5th DCA July 15, 2022), Florida’s Fifth DCA reiterated that general testimony does not waive the attorney-client privilege. Instead, a waiver of attorney-client privilege...

Duty To Warn Of Shallow Pool Design

Duty To Warn Of Shallow Pool Design

Personal Injury

In the case of Aldo Gabriel Amenta Pozanco v. FJB 6501, Inc., Case Number 3D20-1734 (Fla. 3d DCA June 1, 2022), Florida’s First DCA reversed a summary judgment in favor of the defendant homeowner concluding that the owner had no duty to warn of a dangerous condition because...

Coverage for Mobile Crane Limited

Coverage for Mobile Crane Limited

Personal Injury

In the case of People’s Trust Insurance Company v. Progressive Express Insurance Company, Case Number 3D19-1952 (Fla. 3rd DCA December 8, 2021), Florida’s Third DCA held that a mobile crane used to lift a shed was not covered under an automobile insurance policy while...

Plaintiff Referrals Are Not Discoverable

Plaintiff Referrals Are Not Discoverable

Personal Injury

In the cases of Brent Dodgen v. Kaitlyn Grijalva, Case Number SC19-1118 (Fla. October 14, 2021) and Steven Younkin v. Nathan Blackwelder, Case Number SC19-385 (Fla. October 14, 2021), the Florida Supreme Court upheld the Worley decision and held that the financial relationship...

Defendant’s Death Does Not Make A Legal Nullity

Defendant’s Death Does Not Make A Legal Nullity

Car Accidents

In the case of Linda Friedel v. Elizabeth Edwards, Case Number 2D20-2233 (Fla. 2d DCA September 29, 2021), Florida’s Second DCA held that a lawsuit against the defendant was not a legal nullity where the defendant passed away shortly before the lawsuit was filed. Relevant...

Proposal for Settlement Taxable Costs Calculation

Proposal for Settlement Taxable Costs Calculation

Personal Injury

In the case of Estate of Sweeney v. Gloria Washington, Case Numbers 2D20-1848 and 2D20-2520 (Fla. 2d DCA September 3, 2021), Florida’s Second DCA held that calculations for the “net judgment” on a proposal for settlement only includes costs that would have been...

Only One Policy Limit for Mid-Air Collision

Only One Policy Limit for Mid-Air Collision

Aviation Accident

In the case of Perry Hodges, Jr., et. al v. Aurora Cecelia Scarpati Ripalda, et. al, (Fla. 4th DCA March 24, 2021), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a mid-air collision was a single occurrence and that only one policy limit applied to the aviation accident at the flight...

2021 Changes to Fla R. Civ. P. 1.510

2021 Changes to Fla R. Civ. P. 1.510

Personal Injury

In SC20-1490 (December 31, 2020), the Florida Supreme Court amended the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.510 to make it easier for judges to decide issues at a summary judgment hearing rather than a jury trial. The Old Rule v. The New Rule Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.510(c) (prior to...

Hotel Golf Cart Owes No Duty After Rider Disembarks

Hotel Golf Cart Owes No Duty After Rider Disembarks

Personal Injury

In the case of Curtis Luckman v. Alfred Harris Wills, et al., Case Number 3D19-453 (Fla. 3rd DCA July 29, 2020), Florida’s Third DCA held that a hotel operating a complimentary golf cart had no duty after the passenger voluntarily disembarked. Facts of the Case Luckman...

No Claim For Losing Cremated Remains Under Impact Rule

No Claim For Losing Cremated Remains Under Impact Rule

Personal Injury

In the case of Deon Williams v. Boyd-Panciera Family Funeral Care, Inc., Case Numbers 4D19-473 and 4D19-838, Florida’s Fourth DCA held that the parents of a deceased child had no claim for emotional distress after a funeral home lost the cremated remains of their child because...

Overcharging For Medical Records When Request Comes From A Lawyer

Overcharging For Medical Records When Request Comes From A Lawyer

Personal Injury

In the case of Patricia Webber v. Bactes Imaging Solutions, Inc. n/k/a Sharecare Health Data Services, LLC, Case Numbers 2D18-2964 and 2D18-4813 (Fla. 2d DCA January 15, 2020), Florida’s Second DCA held that overcharging for patient records just because the request for records...

Amendment Relates Back Even If New Element Is Added

Amendment Relates Back Even If New Element Is Added

Personal Injury

In the case of Kelly Mitchell v. Applebee’s Services, Inc., Case Number 1D18-2555 (Fla. 1st DCA October 1, 2019), Florida’s First DCA held that an amendment after the expiration of the statute of limitations that introduces a new element to the same cause of action...

Defendant’s Medical Records Generally Not Discoverable

Defendant’s Medical Records Generally Not Discoverable

Personal Injury

In the case of Maureen Stoyka v. Mary Grecz, Michael Grecz, The Tides at Bridgeside Square Condominium, and Dag M. Hansson, Case Number 4D19-1607 (Fla. 4th DCA October 2, 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA reiterated that a defendant’s medical records in a personal injury case...

Trial By Ambush Not Allowed

Trial By Ambush Not Allowed

Personal Injury

In the case of Gurin Gold, LLC, et. al v. Charles Dixon, Case number 4D18-2156 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA excluded the opinion of a doctor who reviewed MRI’s during trial for the first time and formed new opinions, long after the expiration of expert...

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