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Blog Posts in March, 2014

  • No Tax Break For Hundreds of Thousands of Florida Drivers

    Next week, Governor Rick Scott will sign into law a rollback of auto tag fees that will save typical Florida drivers $25 a year. However, many of those drivers won't be saving any money anytime soon. Hundreds of thousands of Florida drivers won't get the break on tag fees this year because they already renewed their tags for two years. The lower fees will take effect Sept. 1. While many tax ...
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  • Family files wrongful death suit in fatal Miami police shooting

    Sometimes police encounters that have fatal results for officers as well as civilians. One deadly incident occurred two years ago in Miami Lakes. The victim's father has filed a federal wrongful death suit against Miami-Dade County and an officer for the fatal shooting. The deadly shooting, according to video surveillance cameras, occurred within 10 seconds after members of the Miami-Dade Special ...
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  • Consumer Reports Rank Miami Hospitals on Patient Safety

    Several hospitals in South Florida were among the more than 2,500 hospitals ranked in a Consumer Reports study on patient safety. Where did Miami hospitals rank? Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah and North Shore Medical Center scored the lowest of the 44 Miami-Dade hospitals, while Homestead Hospital and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center scored the highest on the composite rating of five key ...
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  • Florida couple involved in deadly crash with out-of-state driver

    Beginning in March, those of us who live in the Miami area and throughout Florida face an influx of spring breakers and other tourists drawn here by the sun and our many attractions. People driving in an unfamiliar state, often in a rented vehicle, can pose particular dangers on our roads and cause an increase in auto accidents . Sadly, a collision between some out-of-state senior citizens and a ...
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  • Dangers of Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

    Nicotine in its potent, liquid form is the key ingredient in electronic cigarettes , and like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not regulated by federal authorities. The liquid nicotine, mixed with flavoring, colorings and assorted chemicals, is a powerful neurotoxin, and tiny amounts whether ingested or absorbed through the skin can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. Toxicologists are ...
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  • Toyota defective product probe leads to $1.2 billion settlement

    "Toyota's conduct was shameful." Those were the words of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on March 19 when he announced the $1.2 billion settlement with the automaker. The settlement follows a lengthy criminal investigation of the sudden acceleration problem that we have discussed previously. The settlement is unique but not just because it is among the highest ever for an automaker. Unlike ...
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  • March FDBR Health Update: Breaking News

    Every day, new advances are made in medicine and science and it can be hard to keep up. Our firm is committed to keeping our clients and the general public informed as to new and important developments in the health field. On a regular basis we will post new findings. We hope you will find them informative. Rates of colon cancer have been in decline since the 1980s. Once one of the most common ...
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  • Miami area officer suspended for failing to help injured students

    The action -- or inaction -- of a Pinecrest police officer after a fatal collision that left two University of Miami students dead has been the subject of debate by officials in that village and those in the local law enforcement community. It ended early this month with the officer receiving a 20-day suspension. The fatal auto accident occurred last October when two UM students were struck while ...
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  • Florida Supreme Court Rejects Cap On Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

    The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the cap on wrongful death non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits violates the state constitution's equal protection clause. In the 5-2 ruling, written by Justice R. Fred Lewis, he blasted the Legislature for creating an "alleged medical malpractice" crisis, and concluded that the law discriminates against " those who are most grievously ...
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  • General Motors facing questions over defective products

    When manufacturers discover product defects that could lead to harm or death, it is generally best to take action sooner rather than later. However, General Motors is facing questions from federal regulators about why it waited a decade to deal with ignition switch problems. In the interim, 13 deaths in more than 30 accidents have been linked to the problem in some of its models. A Feb. 27 report ...
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  • Florida birth injury fund provides model for another state

    If some Maryland legislators and leading hospitals get their wish, that state could join Florida, New York and Virginia as the only states with birth injury funds. The proposed bill would create the Maryland Injured Baby Fund, which would provide financial help to parents of babies who have suffered a birth injury . The proposed fund is modeled on Florida's and Virginia's programs. A law professor ...
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