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Fla. Supreme Court rules caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits violate state constitution

Chandra Lye Jun. 21, 2017, 10:08am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Florida has backed a lower court’s ruling that caps on personal injury non-economic damages in cases of medical malpractice violate the Equal Protection Clause of the state constitution.

Fla. SC keeps Frye standard for expert testimony

Laura Halleman Mar. 3, 2017, 12:38pm

TALLAHASSEE (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court declined the opportunity to change the standard for the admissibility of expert testimony, leaving in place a procedure favored by plaintiffs attorneys.

Fla. SC ruling rejects state Legislature’s ability to limit attorney fees in claims bills

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 24, 2017, 2:44pm

In Florida, state law limits recovery against the State or its agencies or subdivisions to $100,000 per person or $200,000 per incident in damages, with a 25 percent cap on attorneys’ fees. To get more, lawmakers must pass a claims bill, or a relief act.

Florida's top court addresses Economic Loss Rule

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 12:36pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – This past December, the legal landscape for manufacturers in contractual privity with another party was altered.

Florida Bar split over Frye v. Daubert standards; Voice of criminal defense could guide decision

Legal News Line Oct. 20, 2015, 2:04pm

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Lawyers sharply debating whether to preserve the statewide standard for admitting expert testimony focused so tightly on civil cases that they overlooked the criminal field. Their error caught up with them on Oct. 16, when governors of the Florida Bar tabled a committee’s recommendation to preserve the current standard.