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Legal reform advocates not optimistic in advance of med mal ruling at Florida Supreme Court

W.J. Kennedy Dec. 21, 2016, 9:49am

TALLAHASSEE - Tort reform advocates in Florida say they expect the state Supreme Court to overturn a 2013 law enacted to “level the playing field” for defendants and their attorneys in medical malpractice cases.

Recent state court rulings place workers' comp attorney fee schedules in question

W.J. Kennedy Nov. 15, 2016, 9:55am

Workers’ compensation laws that impose caps on claimants’ attorney fees may be vulnerable with recent state supreme court decisions toppling fee schedules in Florida and Utah.

Higher payouts for lawyers and increased work comp rates will lead to at least $1B in unfunded liability, experts say

W.J. Kennedy Oct. 12, 2016, 11:24am

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida legislature has no plans to schedule a special legislative session to address a sharp increase in workers’ compensation rates recently approved for businesses statewide, legislative sources say.

Expert witness standard Daubert debated before Florida Supreme Court

W.J. Kennedy Sep. 2, 2016, 9:50am

TALLAHASSEE - The fate of the standard in Florida covering the admissibility of expert witnesses in civil and criminal cases is now in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.  

Recent state court rulings place work comp attorney fee schedules in question

W.J. Kennedy Aug. 9, 2016, 9:55am

TALLAHASSEE – Workers’ compensation laws that impose caps on claimants’ attorney fees may be vulnerable with recent state supreme court decisions toppling fee schedules in Florida and Utah.

Job growth threatened by recommended increase in workers' comp rates

W.J. Kennedy Jul. 7, 2016, 5:27pm

Florida business leaders warned late last week that a recommended 19.6 percent jump in workers’ compensation rates will jeopardize a run of job growth in the state stretching back over four years.

Businesses, politicos await WC rating bureau’s impact analysis of Supreme Court ruling

W.J. Kennedy May 13, 2016, 1:54pm

Florida’s business and insurance leaders are predicting workers' compensation rates will jump at least 20 percent in light of a Supreme Court decision striking limits on attorney fees. 

Property carriers seek relief from ‘assignment of benefits’ abuse; Claims have jumped 46 percent since 2010

W.J. Kennedy May 9, 2016, 9:32am

Claims have jumped 46 percent since 2010 in a period with no major storms or hurricanes. The carriers are being hit by a storm of another kind: some contractors and attorneys are getting homeowners to assign policy benefits (AOB) to them, and then trumping up the claims. 

Daubert vs. Frye: Florida Supreme Court sets oral arguments over expert testimony standard

W.J. Kennedy Apr. 13, 2016, 11:43am

TALLAHASSEE - Oral arguments have been set for Sept. 1 to decide the standard Florida courts will use to approve expert testimony in civil and criminal cases.

Appeals court affirms AG's power to dismiss whistleblower lawsuits; Business hopes ruling will discourage meritless claims

W.J. Kennedy Feb. 29, 2016, 7:36am

TALLAHASSEE - A Florida appeals court last week reaffirmed the state attorney general's authority to dismiss a whistleblower action under the state’s False Claims Act, even in cases in which the state chooses not to intervene in the action.