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Fischer Law Firm Wins the Dade County Bar Association’s 13th Annual Charity Co-Ed Softball Tournament

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Fischer Law Firm Wins the Dade County Bar Association’s 13th Annual Charity Co-Ed Softball Tournament

This past weekend, on March 8, 2014, the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section held its 13th Annual Charity Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Tropical Park in Miami, Florida.  Primarily sponsored by U.S. Legal Support, the net proceeds from the tournament went to benefit the Miami Foundation, a charitable organization that provides millions of dollars in ...

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“Cup-tashrophy” – Royal Carribean Cruise’s Exploding Cup Problem in the Windjammer

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“Cup-tashrophy” – Royal Carribean Cruise’s Exploding Cup Problem in the Windjammer

Royal Caribbean cruise passengers are faced with a new problem aboard its ships – Exploding Cups.  Passengers are provided cups in the Windjammer Café to be used for a variety of drinks, but the problematic ones appear to be the ones used for hot water.  There have been numerous reports of passengers having cups that explode when used for hot water.  Many times these cups are used for hot tea.  Without warning, the cups ...

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Second Circuit Rules Overtime Wages Recoverable for Crew Members Under Maintenance and Cure

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Second Circuit Rules Overtime Wages Recoverable for Crew Members Under Maintenance and Cure

2nd Circuit SealOn June 25, 2013, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of injured crew members in its decision Padilla v. Maersk Lines, Ltd., Docket Number 12-834-cv.  Full opinion can be found here.  This is an important decision in favor or the crew members who have seen their protection limited by Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) negotiated by sham unions such as the

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Florida Supreme Court Rules Arbitration Provision in Medical Contract Against Public Policy

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Florida Supreme Court Rules Arbitration Provision in Medical Contract Against Public Policy

In a recent decision, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled against a medical provider’s attempt to further restrict an injured’s rights to recovery in a medical malpractice claim.  The case Franks v. Gary John Bowers, M.D., et al., No. SC11-1258, dated June 20, 2013, is an appeal from a lower court’s decision compelling arbitration under the guidelines provided in Chapter 766, Florida Statutes.  The full opinion can be found here.

On January ...

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Rick Scott Tort Reform Plan Taking Effect – Daubert New Standard for Experts

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Rick Scott Tort Reform Plan Taking Effect – Daubert New Standard for Experts

When Rick Scott first ran for governor, he ran under a platform that promoted sweeping tort reform in the state of Florida.  Gov. Scott referred to this as “The Blueprint to Secure Our Economic Future:  Insurance and Tort Reform.”  You can read his plans here.  Gov. Scott called for tort reform to help promote business growth and get us out of  South Florida’s current status as the “judicial hellhole” in Florida (Maybe even the U.S.)

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4th DCA Says Lawyer/Doctor Referral Relationship Now Discoverable

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4th DCA Says Lawyer/Doctor Referral Relationship Now Discoverable

Many times over, we hear radio advertisements for attorney referral services, such as 411 Pain.  Afterwards, the disclaimer is always spoken:  “Attorney Referral Service.”  Many of these companies send clients to medical practitioners as well as lawyers.  This information is likely discoverable to determine any potential bias of the expert witness.

But what about the attorney who gets the client directly and sends him/her to a treating physician of the attorney’s choice?  Well, ...

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