Current Florida Legal News

  • Putnam Promises American Exceptionalism Through Focus on Florida to RPOF in TampaSunshine State NewsParty members listened intently as Putnam praised President Donald Trump for his first 100 days in office, talked about focusing on small Florida businesses, lowering statewide unemployment and respecting police officers. Putnam ... he asked the crow […]
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017
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  • FlKeysNews.comCourt ruling could bag state ban on plastic-bag rulesFlKeysNews.comEfforts to keep disposable plastic bags out of Florida Keys waters could get a boost from an ongoing legal case filed by Coral Gables. The City Commission of the Miami-Dade municipality has scheduled a vote for May 9 on a six-page ordinance that would ...and more » […]
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017
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  • WCTVFlorida law to compensate wrongfully imprisoned could changeWCTVA law that allows compensation to people wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in Florida could be revised to allow some felons to be eligible.and more » […]
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017
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  • The LedgerAnother Perspective: Conservatives have reasons to cheerThe LedgerIn fact, a law passed under the little-used Congressional Review Act not only repeals an existing regulation but also bars the affected agency from acting in the same area without explicit legislative approval. These measures will therefore reverberate ...and more » […]
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017
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  • Tampabay.comFlorida House approves ban - and penalties - on 'sanctuary' citiesTampabay.comThe federal government has sole authority over immigration. It cannot force states to enforce federal laws. But bill sponsor Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, said his proposal would ensure Florida does its part in supporting federal efforts to manage immigratio […]
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017
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  • States Take On Battle Over Regulating Gig EconomyThe National Law Journal (registration)While it's unclear how much teeth the Florida law would have in the courts, this is the latest example of a state responding to pressure from lawsuits, the companies' lobbying efforts and the consequences of the growing gig economy. Critics fear any .. […]
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017
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  • The National Law Journal (registration)States Take On Battle Over Regulating the Gig EconomyThe National Law Journal (registration)While it's unclear how much teeth the Florida law would have in the courts, this is the latest example of a state responding to pressure from lawsuits, the companies' lobbying efforts and the consequences of t […]
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017
    Source: Florida Regulatory via Google News
  • Miami New TimesSouth Florida Cops Are Stocking Up on Drones, Including Miami-Dade Schools Police UPDATEDMiami New TimesIn 2013, Florida passed a law barring law enforcement from using drones to gather “evidence or information” without a warrant. Still, police are stocking up on the devices. The center says while its study is the most comprehensive, […]
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017
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  • Florida WeeklyA Florida law grants license to STEAL | April 27, 2017 | Florida WeeklyFlorida WeeklyAttorneys and contractors are using the law to squeeze inflated homeowners insurance claims from insurance companies, causing premiums to surge and ...and more » […]
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017
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  • New York Daily NewsPalm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg optimistic for new sober home lawswflx... 07:17:50 GMT. Republicans hope to avoid the ignominy of a government shutdown while their party controls Congress and the White House. ... Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg told attendees at a Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach Coun […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • House OKs homestead exemption hike vote; Palm Beach County board angryMyPalmBeachPostThe Florida House of Representatives Wednesday voted to approve a joint resolution (HJR 7105) that would have voters decide if they want to increase the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 for a home worth $100,000 or more. ... The resolution ... […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • Pensacola News JournalLeonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr. could be re-sentenced for Billings' murders under new lawPensacola News JournalThe mastermind behind the 2009 brutal killing of a couple in their Beulah home could be re-sentenced under the state's new death penalty laws. Attorneys for Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr. are pushing for re-sente […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • 'Milking' The 1st Amendment To Defend Food Label ClaimsLaw360 (subscription)Florida initially prevailed in the district court, with Judge Robert L. Hinkle granting the state's motion for summary judgment. Case No. 4:14-cv-621, 2016 (N.D. Fla. March 30, 2016). Noting that the Florida law closely parallels federal regulations ... […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • Lexology (registration)Gig Economy Game-Changer? New Florida Law Ensures Contractor ...Lexology (registration)The State of Florida is about to enact first-of-its-kind legislation that will ensure most ride-sharing drivers are independent contractors and not…and more » […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • Financial Regulation NewsCFPB, Florida Attorney General sue mortgage servicer Ocwen for misconductFinancial Regulation NewsCFPB's complaint, filed in federal district court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks a court order requiring Ocwen to follow mortgage servicing law, provide relief for consumers, and pay penalties. The complaint i […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • Palm Beach PostPalm Beach County worried about proposed hike in homestead exemptionPalm Beach PostThe proposal would also exempt the value between $75,000 and $100,000 from county, municipal and special taxing district rates, but would not apply to school tax rates, keeping the homestead exemption from school taxes at its current $25,000 value.and […]
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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  • Florida governor will sign bill standardizing Uber, Lyft rulesThe PulseOnce the bill is signed into law, those existing regulations would be superseded by new statewide rules. Those rules include a requirement that Uber and Lyft vehicles carry insurance with at least $1 million in coverage for death, bodily injury, and ...Uber's Top Secret “He […]
    Mon, Apr 24, 2017
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  • Florida RecordFlorida health care law firm steps up asset preservation effortsFlorida RecordDELRAY BEACH — Malpractice lawsuits and regulatory laws in Florida that impact doctors and other health care providers have been increasing in recent years, along with requests from health care professionals on how they can protect themselves, leading ...and […]
    Mon, Apr 24, 2017
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  • SaintPetersBlog (blog)Sunburn for 4.24.17 - Florida is burning; Frank Artiles epilogue; Budget negotiations stall; Trial of generation in ...SaintPetersBlog (blog)From wildfires burning throughout the state to the smoldering embers of Frank Artiles' political career and from the soon to ignite race to be Florida's governor to the white ho […]
    Mon, Apr 24, 2017
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  • Palm Beach PostFlorida law enforcement officials criticize proposed Caylee's LawPalm Beach PostJoe Negron, R-Stuart, chairman of the Senate's Select Committee on Protecting Florida's Children, said it was possible lawmakers would consider creating a misdemeanor child abuse law that could be applied when a youngster faces the threat o […]
    Mon, Apr 24, 2017
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  • News Talk Florida"The Fast Five:" Florida Lunchtime HeadlinesNews Talk FloridaThe Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2pKm3gi ) reports a clerk saw a racist message scrawled on an envelope addressed to Ayala, who is Florida's first African-America state attorney. About a week later, the ... (AP) — A 34-year-old Florida man faces a ...Sta […]
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017
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  • The LedgerJudd: Heroin overdoses surging; 17 charged in Polk trafficking investigationThe LedgerJudd said his officers have detected an alarming rise in the use of heroin, and he said most of the heroin now sold in Polk County is blended with fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. ... The agency worked with ...a […]
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017
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  • Florida Battle for Ridesharing Regulations Nears End of Long RoadInsurance JournalAfter a four-year battle in the Florida Legislature, lawmakers on Wednesday passed statewide regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft that would undo a patchwork of local rules across the state. “Florida's patchwork of ridesharing ...and more » […]
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017
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  • Uber, Lyft regulations bill heads to governor's deskSun Sentinel (blog)Local laws such as those charging fees in South Florida counties, Orlando and other large metropolitan areas around the state would all go away if Scott signs the bill. The state law would demand drivers carry insurance of $50,000 for death and bodily ...Florida House, Sena […]
    Wed, Apr 19, 2017
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  • Orlando WeeklyFlorida has new, complex marijuana laws. Here's what they really meanOrlando WeeklyWith the passage of Amendment 2 last year, Florida's already complex marijuana laws are currently in flux as lawmakers try to figure out new rules for growing, cultivating and medicating with the plant. Some municipalities have also passed the […]
    Wed, Apr 19, 2017
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  • Sun SentinelSchultz: No home for good ideas in contradictory state capital | OpinionSun SentinelWith so much of the world changing, how comforting that the Florida Legislature remains as hypocritical as ever on the issue of big government. ... That seems contradictory in a state facing such a threat from rising seas, but Republican ideology ...and […]
    Tue, Apr 18, 2017
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  • Florida Gov't Weekly Roundup: Haunted Houses?NorthEscambia.com... a special session in 2015. And once again, lawmakers were putting some hefty policy ideas into the budget process — something that caused the session to nearly collapse in 2011. ... Senate and House budget plans did not prove to be overly ...McCleary v. State of Washington - Was […]
    Sun, Apr 16, 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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