Current Florida Legal News

  • CBS NewsWhy Florida insurers could double homeowners' ratesCBS NewsLawyers and "restoration companies" have teamed up to create a superstorm of lawsuits forcing Florida's home and auto insurers to either raise rates -- or leave the state. And, to the chagrin of insurance companies, their tactics are totally legal ... […]
    Thu, Aug 17, 2017
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  • Miami HeraldThe FHP trooper behind quota on speeding tickets will retire Sept. 5Miami HeraldWelch will retire Sept. 5, ending a law enforcement career of more than 35 years. Col. Gene Spaulding, director of the patrol, accepted Welch's decision and said: “I appreciate his dedication to the state of Florida and to FHP's mission of saving l […]
    Thu, Aug 17, 2017
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    Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  • NBC2 NewsUniversity of Florida denies white nationalist's request to speak on campusABC NewsInstead, under the label of “alt-right,” which Spencer is credited with coining, white nationalists like him espouse “white separatist ideologies,” as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a legal advocacy organization that monitors ...5 th […]
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  • Palm Beach PostJUST IN: Escaped prisoner on loose in FloridaPalm Beach PostFlorida law enforcement officials are searching for 35-year-old man who escaped during a work detail in Hernando County. Joshua T. Holmes was working at a waste management facility in Brooksville when he went missing just after noon today.and more » […]
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  • ProPublicaThey Got Hurt at Work. Then They Got Deported.ProPublicaDesperate, Arias hired an attorney to help him pursue the injury benefits that Florida law says all employees, including unauthorized immigrants, are entitled to receive. Then one morning after he dropped two of his boys off at school, Arias was pulled ...and more » […]
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  • NPRThey Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got DeportedNPRIn Ohio, Republican lawmakers pushed a bill that would have barred undocumented immigrants from getting workers' comp. It passed the state's House of Representatives before stalling in the Senate in June. To assess the impact of Florida's law on ...and more » […]
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  • NPRThey Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got DeportedNPRTo assess the impact of Florida's law on undocumented workers, ProPublica and NPR analyzed 14 years of state insurance fraud data and thousands of pages of court records. We found nearly 800 cases statewide in which employees were arrested under the ...and more » […]
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  • The LedgerCenterState buying 2 other banks to become Florida's largest ...The LedgerWINTER HAVEN – CenterState Banks Inc. on Monday announced it would become Florida largest community bank after proposed deals to buy two other banks ...and more » […]
    Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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  • Miami HeraldIf your license plate is framed, you're probably breaking Florida lawMiami HeraldLicense plate frames in Florida are fairly common, but if you have one you might want to go take it off. That's the advice from Alvaro Alves, who only escaped a ticket on his frame because he fought it in court and a judge relented since he had al […]
    Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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    Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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  • WPTV.comRep. Emily Slosberg asking county leaders statewide to support strengthening texting and driving lawWPTV.comState Representative Emily Slosberg has contacted county leaders in all of Florida's 67 counties, and some city leaders, asking them to sign resolutions supporting changing the current law that makes texting while driving a secon […]
    Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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  • The LedgerFlorida Sen. Kelli Stargel opposes racist speaker at UFThe LedgerStargel and other state lawmakers have received criticism from county commissioners about their support of a broader homestead exemption, which would give Florida voters the opportunity to increase the exemption from $50,000 to $75,000. Polk County ...and more » […]
    Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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  • Fox 4New Florida law designed to protect FL business owners from ADA lawsuits not ready for use yetFox 4Florida - Call it a crippling epidemic for Florida business owners, so called ADA “testers” who drive by businesses only to drive up lawsuits that allege noncompliance. But nearly six weeks after a new law took effect in Florida giving thousands […]
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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  • Murders surge in Florida in decade after `Stand Your Ground' lawReutersReuters Health - Murders climbed 22 percent in Florida in the decade after the state enacted its `Stand Your Ground' self-defense law, even after accounting for ...and more » […]
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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  • Los Angeles TimesSome California truck drivers may not be allowed to rest as often if this federal bill becomes lawLos Angeles TimesA provision in a House appropriations bill would allow federal regulations to exempt truck drivers who cross California boundaries from the state's strict meal and rest requirements. California law requires truck […]
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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  • SaintPetersBlog (blog)Sunburn for 8.14.17 – Florida reacts to #Charlottesville; Jack Latvala makes it official; Francis Rooney snags some ...SaintPetersBlog (blog)Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with many Florida lawmakers say […]
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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  • WPTV.comNew Florida law to stop serial ADA lawsuits took effect, but it's not ...WPTV.comA new Florida law aimed at curbing abuse of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect July 1st, but Investigative Reporter Katie LaGrone ...and more » […]
    Sat, Aug 12, 2017
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  • First Green Bank takes lead in serving Florida medical pot industry ...Sun SentinelFirst Green Bank, which opened its first South Florida branch in Fort Lauderdale last year, says it's Florida's only bank working with the medical marijuana ... […]
    Fri, Aug 11, 2017
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  • Miami HeraldHighway Patrol tells troopers to write 2 tickets an hour, but 'this is not a quota'Miami HeraldA high-ranking Florida Highway Patrol official wants every trooper under his command to write at least two more tickets an hour, an order a key legislator says is against state law. “The patrol wants to see two citations each hour,” […]
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017
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  • USA TODAYAs Hurricane Andrew memories fade, Florida weakens building codesUSA TODAYRick Scott passed a new law that untethers Florida's code from international standards and requires fewer votes for the Florida Building Commission to make changes to the building codes. Opponents said it ... Before Andrew, South Florida hadn't ...and more  […]
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017
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  • Orlando SentinelState leaders must do more to fight opioid crisisOrlando SentinelDaniel Kelsey, 32, and Heather Kelsey, 30, were found dead on the side of I-4 near DeLand, their three sons buckled into their SUV with its engine still running. They died from lethal doses of fentanyl, a drug that is at least 50 times stronger than ...and more » […]
    Sun, Aug 06, 2017
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  • Orlando SentinelLocal officials bristle at being overruled by TallahasseeOrlando SentinelThough state laws that override city ordinances are always a source of tension between local and state politicians, instances of so-called preemption are becoming more commonplace, said David Cruz, general counsel for the Florida League of Cities. […]
    Sat, Aug 05, 2017
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  • Orlando SentinelMedical marijuana clinics multiply in FloridaOrlando Sentinel... the nonprofit Florida Society of Cannabis Physicians, said larger established practices are unlikely to wade into the market soon because marijuana remains illegal under federal law and the state regulatory environment keeps shifting, creating ...and more » […]
    Sat, Aug 05, 2017
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  • TCPalmTreasure Coast officials complain new state laws rob them of local home-rule powerTCPalmLocal officials say the state Legislature has launched an assault on home rule by creating new laws that strip passing a significant number of bills that stripped cities and counties of their power to regulate local issues. NICOLE ... Florida Rep ... […]
    Fri, Aug 04, 2017
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  • Sun SentinelUnlike other states, Florida goes easy on texting while driving. Here's why.Sun Sentinel“As a government our job is to protect the residents.” Tragedies that ... Some of the pushback to enacting a new Florida law has come from black legislators, who fear it could give police officers a reason to pull over black drivers unfairly — “ […]
    Fri, Aug 04, 2017
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  • Insurance JournalFlorida Office of Insurance Regulation Appoints New Chief of Staff, Deputy CommissionersInsurance JournalFlorida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has appointed Michael Yaworsky as the new chief of staff for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), replacing former Chief of Staff Belinda Miller, who retired at the begi […]
    Thu, Aug 03, 2017
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  • Appeals court set to hear nuclear-cost law - News - Gainesville Sun ...Gainesville SunTALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a class-action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to ...and more » […]
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017
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  • Florida law promoting choice raises critics' ire amid DeVos praiseEducation DiveU.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has often pointed to Florida as a sterling example of a state offering students and families an array of choices when picking schools, but many, like Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, are ...and more » […]
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017
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  • NPRNew Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks : NPRNPRThe new bill was pushed by a conservative group critical of the way evolution, climate change and government were being taught in Florida schools.and more » […]
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017
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Recent Firm News & Events

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Justin Senior Named Secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)

Justin Senior, was named Secretary of Agency for Healthcare Administration, (AHCA).  Governor Rick Scott’s office confirmed the appointment after Justin Senior served as interim secretary for nearly four months.  Senior had been the agency’s deputy secretary for Medicaid since 2011.  The agency focuses heavily on running the state’s Medicaid program.  Former Panza Maurer healthcare Associate,Senior…

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On September 21st, 2016, Panza Maurer Attorneys attended the Broward County Chapter of the Red Cross for the Dine & Dock VIP Celebrity Auction and 2016 Humanitarian Awards at the Hyatt Pier 66.  All proceeds raised from the event benefit the American Red Cross aiding in our response to local disasters, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and comfort to assist families and entire communities in their time of need.

The  Advisory Board for the Upsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega at the University of Miami selects Attorney Elizabeth Pedersen to serve on it’s Advisory  Board.  In June of 2016, Ms. Pedersen attended the group’s bi-annual National Convention in Orlando, Florida to elect national officers and conduct organization business.  The four day convention also included leadership training in team project engeament and delegation, mentoring, and social media pitfalls on collegiate campuses, amongst other topics.  Ms. Pedersen chooses to serve on the advisory board as an opportunity to mentor and contribute to the educational and personal growth of collegiate women.  Ms. Pedersen was initiated into Chi Omega at the Tulane University in 1997.

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Angelina Gonzalez and Susan Maurer attended the Broward County Medical Association (BCMA) Women Physicians Networking Event on May 11, 2016. Mrs. Maurer was the featured speaker.  As Chair of the ALA Women’s Cabinet Turquoise Takeover, she spoke to the women physicians about the American Lung Association’s national women’s Lung Health week and the Turquoise Takeover awareness campaign.

Pictured are Dana Wallace, MD, with Susan Maurer and Angelina Gonzalez.

Photo by Kevin Lane.

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Attorneys Greg McDermott and Suzie Maurer attended the annual NSU Alvin Sherman Library Gala with library president and firm attorney, Larry Maurer.  Greg McDermott chairs the Young Professionals Division for the library.

The Circle of Friends hosted the evening with cocktails and dinner, great food, music, prizes and great company to benefit the NSU Alvin Sherman Library. All proceeds benefited the NSU Alvin Sherman Library.

 

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The Turquoise Takeover campaign of the American Lung Association had its annual luncheon to kickoff national Women’s Lung Health Week on Tuesday, May 10th.  One of the featured speakers, Jacqueline Redmond, a local lung cancer patient of VITAS Healthcare, shared her compelling story of resolve, determination and hope.

Pictured are Kevin Boyd, Jacqueline Redmond, Susan Maurer, Chair, Turquoise Takeover, and Dr. David Perloff, President of the Broward County Medical Association Foundation.

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Susan & Laurence Maurer attended Equality Florida 2016 Tallahassee Gala at the Mission San Luis on April 23rd.  State House Representative Alan B. Williams was honored at the annual Tallahassee Gala, that included a state of the State address.

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LUNG FORCE Kick-Off

Susan and Laurence Maurer attended the LUNG FORCE Kick-Off event on April 12th at 15th Street Fisheries, in advance of National Women’s Lung Health Week scheduled from May 9th to 13th.   The American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover is a lung cancer awareness campaign designed to make lung cancer a national priority and…

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Laurence and Susan Maurer volunteered on March 6th at NSU Alvin Sherman Library for the fourth annual SeussFest 2016.  The festival introduces more than 2000 young children to the magic of books and reading.

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Krista Marti was elected President elect of the Broward Young Democrats at their meeting held on March 14, 2016.

2015 ChildNet Holiday Giving Event

2015 ChildNet Holiday Giving Event

Panza Maurer is a proud sponsor and continues its more than 20 year participation in ChildNet’s annual holiday giving event. Each year ChildNet reaches out to the community during the holidays to provide gifts to children who would otherwise not have a gift to open. Panza Maurer wishes the children of ChildNet, and children everywhere, a safe…

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Molly and Edward Ugo joined Susan Horovitz Maurer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at one of Fort Lauderdale’s longest running holiday traditions event, the 53rd annual “Christmas on Las Olas” on December 1st.

Contributions made to the Salvation Army Red Kettle enable the organization to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season.  The donations help more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide, and continues the Salvation Army’s year-round effort to help those who would otherwise be forgotten.

The Red Kettle campaign first started in San Francisco in 1891, and has traditionally been the Salvation Army’s most prominent fund-raiser.

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The Florida Bar Health Law Section recently released its September-October 2015 Health Law Update which contained an article published by Panza Maurer Associate, Jamie B. Gelfman.  Jamie’s article, located in the Health Information Technology section, was entitled “DHHS Office for Civil Rights Confirms Second Phase of HIPAA Compliance Audits to Commence Early 2016.”

In particular, the article highlights the OIG’s recent criticism of the OCR with respect to its enforcement and oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The article details the findings of the OIG’s September 2015 report, which concluded that the OCR had failed to adequately implement the required audit program mandated under Section 13411 of the HITECH Act, and that the OCR’s oversight activities were primarily reactive in investigating possible HIPAA noncompliance.  As a result, and as further explained in the article, the Director of the OCR announced that the second phase of OCR audits will commence in early 2016, which will focus, among other areas, on high-risk areas to the security of protected health information and on pervasive non-compliance based upon findings of the OCR’s first phase of audits.

 

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Susan Horovitz Maurer offered introductory comments to kick off State Attorney Michael J. Satz‘s re-election campaign.  Pictured are Benjamin Bean, Mike Satz, Susan Maurer and Krista Marti.

Mike Satz was first elected as State Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Broward County in 1976.  He has been re-elected ten times since. Mike Satz continues to personally prosecute homicide and other violent crime cases, while overseeing a staff of more than 500 employees, including 215 attorneys.

In fiscal year 2013-14, the Broward State Attorney’s Office filed more than 14,000 felony cases, and more than 49,000 misdemeanor cases.

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Krista Marti and Dana Macdonald (along with Dana’s daughter Olivia), participated in the American Cancer Society ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ Broward Walk on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.  The ACS walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. Every Making Strides event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, and to raise awareness about the disease.

Money raised from the walk help fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, provide free comprehensive information and support, and help people take steps to reduce their risk of the disease, or find it early when it’s most treatable.

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Gilda’s Club Annual Casino Night Event

Gilda’s Club Annual Casino Night Event

Gilda’s Club Annual Casino Night Event.  Dana Macdonald, who serves as Board Chair of Gilda’s Club South Florida, will be attending its annual Casino Night, which is being hosted by Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7 pm.  This event helps raise funds for the people in our lives affected by cancer – men,…

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Dana Macdonald named Chair of the Board of Gilda’s Club South Florida.  Gilda’s Club is a cancer patient support organization named after the late comedian, Gilda Radner.  Ms. Macdonald also served as a moderator at the 2015 annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) for a session titled: “Social Media, Anonymous Speech, and When Social Media becomes a Crisis.”

Ms. Macdonald’s areas of practice include litigation in tort matters, labor and employment, and academic matters in state and federal court.

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