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Advocates say new Florida insurance law a victory for consumers

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Consumer advocates are hailing a new Florida law requiring life insurance companies to inform policyholders of their right to consult with a professional before agreeing to changes in their policies.

Hyman maintains AV Preeminent rating

By Mike Helenthal | Feb 5, 2017

Awarded to fewer than 10 percent of those registered

Companies must prove 'enterprise' to invoke RICO

By Mike Helenthal | Oct 24, 2016

MIAMI -- Corporations are allowed to invoke federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statutes to litigate fraud claims, but they have to prove that those accused were acting in collusion, says a Miami attorney and expert on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

Officials prepare to fill Constitution review commission

By Mike Helenthal | Oct 17, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- Applications for a seat on the Constitution review commission (CRC) are now being accepted by the Florida Supreme Court.

Talc lawsuits starting to pile up for Johnson & Johnson

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs attorneys throughout the country, including in Florida, are working to bring alleged victims of talc to court following two multimillion-dollar judgments rendered in a St. Louis district court.

Minimum fare meant to prevent rider 'cannibalism'

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 30, 2016

LAKELAND – Hillsborough County’s minimum fair rule is meant to separate and protect two very different modes of for-hire transportation, according to Kyle Cockream, the executive director of the county’s Public Transportation Commission (PTC).

No end in sight for Florida-Georgia water feud

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – Just follow the money and you'll understand why the states of Georgia and Florida are going back to court to continue their 27-year battle over water rights.

Safeguards in place, but risk exists with compounded drugs

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 9, 2016

LAKELAND – The practice of mixing patient-specific medicines, known as compounding, has become big business in the pharmaceutical industry, but it’s not without risk, as evidenced by a lawsuit being considered in Florida courts against a lab accused of mixing a fatal mix of pain medicine. 

Destin city manager defends last-minute hiring of outside attorney

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 6, 2016

DESTIN – Destin City Manager Greg Kisela said the city will need the expertise of a franchise attorney to get a better deal with Gulf Power when the agreement comes up again in 2018.

Florida attorneys: Stick to long-term investment strategy

By Mike Helenthal | May 21, 2016

Though every investor has had to bear 2016’s volatile stock market, Florida attorneys continue to be bullish about the importance of staying on a consistent, long-term investment course.

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