Florida is ranked #46 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling two spots from its already low 2015 ranking. Florida scores poorly in all of the key element categories, but particularly with regard to the competence and impartiality of trial judges—where it ranked 48th.  

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In the News Today - June 8, 2017

June 08, 2017 | News and Blog

In a recent opinion piece, Lord Faulks urges the government of the United Kingdom to "consider a growing and almost unregulated phenomenon that is in danger or undermining the integrity" of the legal system. Read More »

WSJ Editorial Board Asks If Florida Legislature Exists "To Enrich Plaintiffs' Attorneys"

May 03, 2017 | News and Blog

In an editorial piece, the Wall Street Journal writes on the "renewed political effort to stop a trial-bar scheme" associated with assignment of benefits (AOB), "that scores insurance paydays [for plaintiffs' lawyers] at the expense of Sunshine State homeowners." Read More »

In the News Today - May 2, 2017

May 02, 2017 | News and Blog

Supporters of a bill restructuring the way attorneys' fees are awarded in some property disputes are urging the Florida Senate to pass a bill (HB 1421) to restructure the way attorneys' fees are awarded in some property disputes are urging the Florida Senate to tackle the issue. "We need to get the Senate to pass this bill," said William Large, president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute. "Somebody is paying for this, and that somebody is the insured who are paying higher premiums." Read More »

In the News Today - April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

The Florida legislature's effort to impose term limits on the state's supreme court and appellate court judges is a terrible idea that will downgrade and weaken Florida's judiciary. No other state has such draconian limitations on judicial terms, and for good reason. Simply put, term limits would push experience, independence, and institutional knowledge out of Florida's courtrooms. Read More »

Florida Judicial Terms Limits: An Idea So Bad, Both Business and the Plaintiffs' Bar Agree

April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

Let's face it: it's a rare occasion when the trial bar and business groups agree on anything. So rare, in fact, that the Sun Sentinel's Editorial Board compared it to the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series drought. Read More »

"Negligent Handshake" Leads to Lawsuit Between Lawyers

April 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Call it, perhaps, a handshake disagreement. Two Florida lawyers are meeting in court because of a handshake that one of the attorneys claims left him in "severe pain." Read More »

In the News Today - March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 | News and Blog

In an extremely close vote, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would place an amendment on the ballot next year to limit state appellate and Supreme Court judges to two six-year terms. The bill needed 72 votes to pass and scraped by with 73 votes in support of the legislation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017 | News and Blog

The American Law Institute is "cooking up new common law rules covering consumer contracts that would give courts an unprecedented range of reasons to invalidate or rewrite contract terms." Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Opposition by the U.S. Chamber and the Florida Justice Reform Institute was noted in a story about the Florida House Judiciary Committee's vote to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would "limit Florida appellate judges to two consecutive terms in office." Read More »

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