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Lee County Memorial Lien Law Declared Unconstitutional

Lee County Memorial Lien Law Declared Unconstitutional

Personal Injury

In the case of Lee Memorial Health System v. Progressive Select Insurance Company, the Florida Supreme Court held that Lee County’s hospital lien ordinance was unconstitutional as a “special law” improperly impairing private contracts. The LMHS Lien Law And How...

Joint and Several Liability Not Substantive Right In Florida

Joint and Several Liability Not Substantive Right In Florida

Personal Injury

In the case of Brown & Brown, Inc. v. James T. Gelsomino and Ace American Insurance Company, Case Number 4D17-3737 (Fla. 4th DCA November 28, 2018), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a right to have a case outcome determined by the joint and several liability scheme in...

Florida Supreme Court Disagrees With Using Daubert Standard

Florida Supreme Court Disagrees With Using Daubert Standard

Personal Injury

In the case of Richard Delisle v. Crane Co., Case Number SC16-2182 (Fla. October 15, 2018), the Florida Supreme Court announced its disapproval of the Daubert standard as an unconstitutional infringement on the Court’s rule making authority.  The Court had previously...

Area Not Designated For Walking Cannot Be Dangerous

Area Not Designated For Walking Cannot Be Dangerous

Personal Injury

In the case of Trugreen Landcare, LLC v. Charles Lacapra, Case Number 5D17-1594 (Fla. 5th DCA August 31, 2018), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that a palm tree planter in the parking lot of a movie theater where the plaintiff was cutting through was not dangerous as a matter of law...

Failure To File A Privilege Log Does Not Waive All Privileges

Failure To File A Privilege Log Does Not Waive All Privileges

Personal Injury

In the case of GKK v. Petronila Cruz, Case Number 3D18-560 (Fla. 3rd DCA July 5, 2018), Florida’s Third DCA held that the failure of a party to file a privilege log does not waive categorical privileges (i.e. work-product and attorney-client privileges).  This case arose...

Proposal For Settlement Missing Signature

Proposal For Settlement Missing Signature

Car Accidents

In the case of Alberto Valle v. Scott Flory, Case Number 2D16-2848 (Fla. 2d DCA August 15, 2018), a proposal for settlement that was missing an attorney’s signature in the certificate of service was held to be valid. Background Facts Mr. Valle sued Mr. Flory (of course there is...

Florida Medicaid Liens For Past Medical Expenses

Florida Medicaid Liens For Past Medical Expenses

Personal Injury

In the case of Giraldo v. Agency For Health Care Administration, Case Number SC17-297 (Fla. July 5, 2018), the Florida Supreme Court held that federal law limits the lien rights that AHCA (Florida Medicaid) can claim to amounts recovered for past medical expenses.  Florida...

Juror Bias Is Cause For Challenge In A Vicarious Liability Case

Juror Bias Is Cause For Challenge In A Vicarious Liability Case

Personal Injury

In the case of Dayana St. Vil Lopez v. Yo Roofing and Associates, Inc. and Scott Allen Voorhees, Case number 4D17-2075 (Fla. 4th DCA June 27, 2018), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a juror who clearly expressed bias against holding a party vicariously liable for a car accident...

Gross Negligence May Overcome Work Comp Immunity

Gross Negligence May Overcome Work Comp Immunity

Personal Injury

In the case of Ramsey v. Dewitt Excavating, Inc., Case Number 5D17-311 (Fla. 5th DCA June 15, 2018), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that there was enough evidence to allow a jury to decide whether a fellow co-worker of Mr. Ramsey was grossly negligent in turning on a concrete mixer...

Timing Of Suggestion Of Death And The Hearing To Substitute Parties

Timing Of Suggestion Of Death And The Hearing To Substitute Parties

Personal Injury

In the case of Stern v. Horwitz, Case Number 2D17-3044 (Fla. 2d DCA May 30, 2018), a suggestion of death was filed after one of the parties to the lawsuit died and a dismissal was reversed because the 90 day time period under Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.260(a) does not require that the trial...

Liability For Battery Acid Spilled Onto Roadway

Liability For Battery Acid Spilled Onto Roadway

Personal Injury

In the case of Simon’s Trucking, Inc. v. Lieupo, Case Number 1D17-2065, the First DCA held that section 376.313, Fla. Stat. does not permit a private right of action for personal injuries and certified a question of great public importance to the Florida Supreme Court. Facts Of...

Florida’s “One Expert Per Specialty” Rule Explained

Florida’s “One Expert Per Specialty” Rule Explained

Medical Malpractice

The So-Called One Expert Per Specialty Rule The “one expert per specialty” rule was addressed in Gutierrez v. Vargas, SC15-1924 (March 22, 2018) by the Florida Supreme Court. What Happened in the Case Gutierrez (a minor child) brought a medical malpractice case against...

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