Social Media Can Play A Role In Jury Selection

How does a lawyer pick a jury?Recently the American Bar Association came out with the position paper providing lawyers ethical guidance on using social media to investigate jurors. This is not news to lawyers. We have been looking for ways to get inside the heads of jurors forever. The main method we have is called voir…



Why Your Inheritance Should Not Be In A Joint Account

Did you know that inheritances are normally exempt from equitable distribution in a divorce? Did you know that this exemption is frequently inadvertently waived when inherited funds are co-mingled with marital property? A recent Florida 4th District Court of Appeal opinion illustrates this common problem.In the case of Sorgen v. Sorgen, this exact problem occurred…



Home Beauty Shortcuts Can Lead to Serious Injuries

 A topic that has been in the lime light lately includes the theme that individuals are literally dying to be beautiful. And that is exactly what is happening; people are becoming ill because they are trying to become beautiful. Recently, we saw a news story of a young lady who injected herself, or had someone…



Modifying Alimony In Florida If A Recipient Is In A Supportive Relationship

All family law attorneys should know that Florida statute 61.14(1)(b)1 allows a court to reduce or terminate alimony if a supportive relationship has existed between an alimony recipient and a person with whom the recipient resides. In numerous cases, petitions for modification/termination have been filed seeking to reduce or terminate alimony because the recipient was…



Ford Joins Long List of 2014 Car Recalls

Another major car company has released a large set of car recalls. This time that company is Ford, and the number of cars being recalled is 100,600. The company released six different sets of recalls earlier this week, joining the ranks of GM, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota. While announcing the recall, Ford noted that…





How Does Bankruptcy Affect a Personal Injury Case And Any Bad Faith Claims

I am frequently asked by clients what effect a defendant filing bankruptcy will have on their personal injury case against that person or entity. Bankruptcy is frequently used to escape responsibility for negligent actions. Uninsured doctors are the worst at doing this! But what happens to the obligation of that person’s insurance carrier (if there…



Lawyers Now Allowed to Search Jurors on Social Media

How would you feel if you were chosen for jury duty, and the next day in court your Facebook profile was referenced? Well, the American Bar Association (ABA) has determined that it is ethical for attorneys and investigators to search and scan the social media sites of potential jurors as well as jurors already in deliberation.…



Faulty Airbag Recalls Continue with Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda

Earlier this week, it was discovered that certain car models from Honda, Mazda and Nissan have a faulty airbag issue that shoots shrapnel at passengers when the airbag is deployed.  The airbags involved in this recall are from Japan’s Takata Corp., a company that manufactures airbags, seat belts, steering wheels and several other auto parts.Takata,…



Expert Testimony is Changing in Florida Personal Injury Cases

Today we’re going to talk about expert testimony and the recent changes by the Florida Legislature to the evidence code that significantly affects how experts are going to give testimony to juries. Expert testimony is testimony that is in the form of an opinion, usually elicited by an expert who has training and skills in a…



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