WEST PALM BEACH – Someone’s DNA holds their most private information, and a Florida law that prohibits surreptitious DNA collection is designed to protect individual privacy, according to a professor who studies medicine and the law.
PORTLAND, Maine – One of the superstar lawyers who was a member of O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” has filed bankruptcy to discharge millions of dollars in taxes owed and may fall into the category of people allowed to do so, at least in terms of how long the debt has existed, according to a law professor.
ST. PETERSBURG—The $140 million Florida verdict for invasion of privacy last month that has driven Gawker Media into bankruptcy and toward a possible sale is less a result of one state’s privacy laws and more a combination of the decision of one particular jury and possibly the visceral reaction to excerpts of a sex tape, according to people who have studied the case.
GAINESVILLE – With social media becoming an ever-greater part of people’s lives, it isn’t surprising that it’s also being drawn in to litigation, but lawyers need to be careful when advising clients, according to a Florida law professor.
NAPLES –Two Lee County Domestic Animal Services employees have been temporarily re-instated while their wrongful termination lawsuit is pending, which is one of the statutory remedies available for public employees under Florida’s whistle-blower laws, but is relatively uncommon in the private sector, according to a civil rights and employment attorney.
MIAMI –The petitions started by Miami nurse Maria Ruiz to have California judge Aaron Persky removed from office because of the short sentence he imposed in a sexual assault case aren’t likely to succeed in that regard, but could have larger implications on judges across the country, according to a legal analyst.
TALLAHASSEE – Florida would have been eligible for as much as $250 million in the expansion of the federal Hardest Hit Fund, but chose not to apply for any money, a decision that has disappointed and baffled consumer advocates.
BLOUNTSTOWN – No lawsuit has yet been filed regarding the December death of Barbara Dawson at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, but cases involving medical care during an emergency situation have to clear a higher bar than other cases in the state.
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) is continuing to fight a redistricting plan that would shift her congressional district from north-south to east-west, but her prospects for victory aren’t clear for several reasons.
WEST PALM BEACH – Courts need to change the way they examine laws limiting speech in professional situations, starting with the Florida law banning doctors from asking patients about gun ownership without a health reason, according to the Pacific Legal Foundation.
TALLAHASSEE – A law that required Florida women seeking an abortion to make a second visit to their doctor after at least 24 hours is again on hold, this time while the state’s Supreme Court considers its constitutionality.