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Florida NFIB supports DeSantis' approach to civil litigation reforms


By Colin Froment | Aug 9, 2019

Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis at an event in February | flgov.com

Florida’s National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) director Bill Herrle is pleased with the direction Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking in changing the civil litigation environment throughout the state.

“Given his strong accomplishments in his area already, and almost immediately in the start of his administration, we’re certainly optimistic that he’s going to be a positive influence on litigation reform over the course of his administration,” Herrle told the Florida Record.

Herrle listed a number of achievements the DeSantis' administration has completed regarding Florida litigation. He referred to DeSantis’ Supreme Court nominations as “outstanding” and praised the decision to switch Florida courts to the Daubert standard for identifying expert witnesses as opposed to the previous Frye standard.

“We think [Daubert] is a much more rigorous criteria for expert witnesses, [and] will prevent self-proclaimed experts and junk science from creeping into our courts,” Herrle said. “That has been a very immediate effect, that’s before you even start to see cases creep before the Supreme Court.”

Herrle also pointed out DeSantis’ signing of the assignment of benefits (AOB) legislation in April, a six-year long battle.

“It’s had two negative effects on the process … it wasn’t getting passed, and until it did it was kind of a log jam to other good tort reform ideas moving forward,” he said. “Strategically, we’re very pleased that issue has been dealt with.”

Herrle said DeSantis deals with matters in a concise and efficient manner. “You can hold this characterization across many aspects of the DeSantis administration but he’s very action oriented and he’s very decisive,” Herrle said.

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