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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Fresh Blow Against Nitpicking Proposals For Settlement

In a recent opinion, the Florida Supreme Court held that proposals for settlement were not ambiguous despite failing to address separate claims brought against codefendants. With its holding, the majority opinion reiterated its policy of discouraging the “nitpicking” of proposals for settlement, and expressed the court’s continued frustration that proposals for settlement seem to create […]

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Personal Jurisdiction Arising From Internet Torts

In today’s connected society, many relationships and transactions cross state and national boundaries. Thus, the question of whether Florida courts have jurisdiction over an action can frequently be unclear, especially in instances where conduct occurs over the internet. This article examines the extent to which out-of-state torts committed via the internet can confer personal jurisdiction […]

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The Latest Proposal for Settlement Trap – District Split on Email Service

Proposals for settlement in Florida are notorious for their numerous procedural traps. The drafters of the proposal for settlement rules intended them as a procedural device to encourage parties to settle claims without going to trial. Aspen v. Bayless, 564 So. 2d 1081, 1083 (Fla. 1990). In practice, however, the rules have significantly increased litigation, spawning […]

WHEREAS It Is Compulsory That Attorneys Shall Cease And Desist Forthwith From Using Said Legalese Found Herein

How To Improve Your Legal Writing By Eliminating Archaic Phrasing Many lawyers are guilty of using excessive legalese in their legal writing. Words and phrases that have long fallen out of fashion in everyday usage nonetheless remain common in the law. There are many reasons for this: some writers think legalese sounds more “lawyerly” or […]

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Rambo-Style Attorney Arguments Cause Reversal of $70 Million Verdict (Florida Litigation Appellate Opinions)

Scott J. Edwards, P.A. brings you this summary of selected recent opinions issued by Florida’s appellate courts, with a focus on opinions discussing civil procedure, appellate procedure, trial practice, evidence, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, technology, and personal injury litigation.  Click here to learn more about Scott Edwards’ appellate law services. Multi-Million Dollar Tobacco Verdict Reversed Due To Improper […]

Liability for A Biting Horse, Prejudgment Interest, and Dismissals for Fraud (Florida Litigation Appellate Opinions, July 11-22, 2016)

Scott J. Edwards, P.A. brings you this summary of selected recent opinions issued by Florida’s appellate courts, with a focus on opinions discussing civil procedure, appellate procedure, trial practice, evidence, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, technology, and personal injury litigation.  This article covers the weeks of July 11-22, 2016.  Click here to learn more about Scott Edwards’ appellate law services. […]

What happens to the record if the court reporter dies? (Florida Litigation Appellate Opinions, June 20-July 1, 2016)

Scott J. Edwards, P.A. brings you this summary of selected recent opinions issued by Florida’s appellate courts, with a focus on opinions discussing civil procedure, appellate procedure, trial practice, evidence, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, technology, and personal injury litigation.  This article covers the weeks of June 20-July 1, 2016.  Click here to learn more about Scott Edwards’ appellate law […]