Florida

Florida is ranked #44 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Miami or Dade County, Florida, is among the cities and counties survey respondents found to have the least fair and reasonable litigation environment.

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$2,833 Potential Tort Cost
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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 »

In the News Today - February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 | News and Blog

The Florida Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms was cited as a big reason for Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate in 2015. Well, the court has done it again - opting (in a 4-2 ruling) to overturn the Florida legislature's 2013 law that adopted the strict "Daubert" expert evidence standards in the state's courts. Read More »

FL Supreme Court Opts to Overturn Legislature, Weaken Expert Evidence Standards

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

When Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate ranking was announced in 2015, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson said the state's Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms were a big reason why. Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

The current asbestos system is plagued by rampant fraud and abuse by plaintiffs' lawyers; this abuse harms both alleged victims and the economy. Thankfully, Congress is taking action to address this by advancing the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act, which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. The bill, among other provisions, aims to shine a light on these trusts so that compensation goes to legitimate victims. Read More »

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