Current Florida Legal News

  • NPRIn Florida, Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored AutomaticallyNPRFlorida's law permanently strips felons of the right to vote and other civil rights, including serving on a jury, running for public office and sitting for the state bar exam. Similar laws are on the books in Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia. The law ...and more » […]
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017
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  • The Northwest Florida Daily NewsNW Florida murder suspect: Friend wanted to be killedThe Northwest Florida Daily NewsStewart has been charged with an open count of murder. According to Florida law, assisting in the death of another is classified as manslaughter. Because Stewart allegedly committed robbery at the time, he could face felony first-deg […]
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017
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  • Southern Poverty Law CenterWeekend Read: Newspaper exposes Florida's brutal juvenile justice systemSouthern Poverty Law CenterBut “no staff had contact” with him for hours after the assault, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's inspector general. Shortly after 10 a.m., Elord told an officer “his chest was stabbing him […]
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017
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  • WFTV OrlandoMichigan bills would regulate daily fantasy sportsWFTV Orlando"To be clear, Michigan residents who've been playing fantasy sports with their buddies for decades, maybe each of them probably throwing some money for a prize for the winner at the end of the season, won't be subject to regulation under this ...and more » […]
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017
    Source: Florida Regulatory via Google News
  • Citrus County ChronicleWeekly roundup: Free speech and middle fingersCitrus County ChronicleTALLAHASSEE — The anxiety leading up to white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech Thursday at the University of Florida nearly eclipsed the tension on campus, where the alt-right leader struggled to deliver his message amid defiant chants of “Spencer . […]
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017
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  • Sun SentinelGun law ignored. Juveniles abused. Do you care? | Editorial - Sun ...Sun SentinelThe Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald exposed abuses in the laws that prohibit mentally disturbed people from getting guns and protect juveniles in detention.and more » […]
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017
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  • Sun SentinelGun law ignored. Juveniles abused. Do you care? | Editorial - Sun ...Sun SentinelThe Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald exposed abuses in the laws that prohibit mentally disturbed people from getting guns and protect juveniles in detention.and more » […]
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017
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  • Daily CommercialLaw enforcement: White-nationalist speech results in 'mostly peaceful day'Daily CommercialProtesters march against white-nationalist Richard Spencer before his speech at the University of Florida on Thursday. Spencer's speech prompted a state of emergency, carried a $600,000 tab and drew more than 2,500 demonstrators. […]
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017
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  • Daily Business ReviewFlorida Firms Slammed With $9.2M Sanctions in Tobacco Litigatio ...Daily Business ReviewThe firms filed tobacco cases on behalf of people who had never even smoked, judges found.and more » […]
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017
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  • Health care law: uncertain outcome after multiple diagnosesCatholic News ServiceDr. Steven White, a pulmonary specialist in Ormond Beach, Florida, who is chairman of the Catholic Medical Association Health Care Policy Committee, said he is awaiting to see how new rules and regulations are written but is hopeful that some changes ...and more » […]
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017
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  • Florida Democrats take aim at Confederate memorialsWTHRRobert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis from among the legal holidays listed in Florida law. It would also remove Confederate Memorial Day from the list. Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat from Broward County, earlier this month filed a bill (HB 235) that would ...and more » […]
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017
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  • Will Trump DOJ side with disabled plaintiffs in ADA website suits?ReutersBusinesses are not at all happy about a boom in suits by disabled consumers who claim corporate websites are insufficiently accessible under the Americans ...and more » […]
    Thu, Oct 19, 2017
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  • WJXT JacksonvilleState board approves schools for “Hope” moneyThe LedgerTALLAHASSEE — With 13 school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida's new “schools of hope” law, the State Board of Education on Wednesday used the law to select 11 low-performing public schools to receive additional funding. The ...State board approves sch […]
    Thu, Oct 19, 2017
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  • Law Firm Asks: Does Facebook Friendship Disqualify Judge?U.S. News & World ReportA Florida law firm is asking the state Supreme Court if a judge should be disqualified from hearing a case because he's Facebook friends with an attorney appearing before him. Oct. 18, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.. Law Firm Asks: Does Facebook Friendship ...and more » […]
    Wed, Oct 18, 2017
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  • Florida Politics (blog)Sunburn for 10.18.17 — Do it, Pam Bondi; Karen vs. Blaise; Jaguars apologize for kneeling; John Morgan ready to ...Florida Politics (blog)U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's drug czar nominee, withdrew from consideration this week following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government […]
    Wed, Oct 18, 2017
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  • Orlando SentinelSchools Without Rules: An Orlando Sentinel InvestigationOrlando SentinelPrivate schools in Florida will collect nearly $1 billion in state-backed scholarships this year through a system so weakly regulated that some schools hire teachers without college degrees, hold classes in aging strip malls and falsify fire-safety and ...and mo […]
    Wed, Oct 18, 2017
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  • Florida Politics (blog)Sunburn for 10.17.17 – More on the Weinsteins of Florida; State parties fined; Congressional candidate talks to ...Florida Politics (blog)Sunburn for 10.17.17 – More on the Weinsteins of Florida; State parties fined; Congressional candidate talks to aliens; New poll on gun control; Stone crab season underway .... Happening to […]
    Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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  • Miami HeraldGot a condo complaint? There is now an office in Miami-Dade to handle itMiami HeraldFlorida's government opened an office in Miami-Dade for the division of condominiums, timeshares and mobile homes of the State's Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR). The office is located at 8240 NW 52 Terr., Suite ... Th […]
    Mon, Oct 16, 2017
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  • Orlando SentinelOrange, 12 other school boards challenge Florida education lawOrlando SentinelThe Orange County School Board on Monday joined 12 others in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a new Florida education law. The lawsuit against HB 7069 — a controversial education measure that became law in July — was filed in ...Duval, 12 […]
    Mon, Oct 16, 2017
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  • CBS MiamiNursing Homes Seek Variance From Generator Requirement « CBS ...CBS MiamiAs industry attorneys waged a legal battle over new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power ...and more » […]
    Mon, Oct 16, 2017
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  • The LedgerHomestead exemption spat still lingers ahead of Polk County Commission meetingThe LedgerTop row, from left: County Commissioner George Lindsey, County Commissioner Bill Braswell and Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City; middle row from left: State Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland; State Sen. Kelli Stargel and County Commissioner Melony Bell; ...a […]
    Mon, Oct 16, 2017
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  • The LedgerHomestead spat still lingers ahead of meetingThe LedgerTop row, from left: County Commissioner George Lindsey, County Commissioner Bill Braswell and Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City; middle row from left: State Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland; State Sen. Kelli Stargel and County Commissioner Melony Bell; ...and more » […]
    Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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  • Nursing homes seek variances from generator requirement - News ...The LedgerTALLAHASSEE — As industry attorneys waged a legal battle over new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can ...and more » […]
    Sat, Oct 14, 2017
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  • Sarasota Herald-TribuneHousing market at a regulatory crossroadsSarasota Herald-TribuneHousing market at a regulatory crossroads ... With home prices and sales continuing to rise across Southwest Florida, the state and the country, the real estate market appears set for a sunny future. The talk in some quarters, though, brings up ... […]
    Sat, Oct 14, 2017
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  • Jacksonville Daily RecordJudge appointee: 'I wanted to be three things: a cop, a soldier and a lawyer'Jacksonville Daily RecordShe served as a military police officer, stationed in the U.S. and Europe, until 1984 when she enrolled in the Florida State University College of Law. Charbula ... After leaving active duty, she went to Tallahass […]
    Tue, Oct 10, 2017
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  • Orlando SentinelFentanyl dealers can face life sentence or death in overdose cases ...Orlando SentinelKristy Dyroff agonized over her son's deadly relapse with heroin - except it wasn't heroin that killed him. A new law will help prosecute dealers in similar cases ...and more » […]
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017
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  • Gainesville SunMark Avera: Self-driving vehicles have promise, pitfallsGainesville SunWe are on the precipice of a fundamental change in transportation technology and how people interact with it, requiring a new look at laws and regulations, which is already underway. In 2012, Florida was one of the first states to start addressing this ... […]
    Fri, Sep 29, 2017
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  • Washington ExaminerHere's why the Trump administration didn't waive the Jones Act for Puerto RicoWashington ExaminerAfter all, the White House temporarily lifted the 97-year-old regulatory law, which mandates that goods shipped between U.S. ports must be carried by U.S.-built vessels crewed by U.S. citizens, for Texas, Louisiana, and Flor […]
    Wed, Sep 27, 2017
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Recent Firm News & Events

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Panza Maurer Attorneys Virginia Dailey & Samantha Evans Published in Florida Bar Journal Fall 2017 Edition

Invoking “the Rule” in Administrative Proceedings: Florida Industrial Power Users Group v. Art Graham The Florida Bar recently published its September/October 2017 edition of the Florida Bar Journal, which contains an article written by Panza Maurer attorneys, Virginia Dailey and Samantha Evans. The article focuses on the applicability of the rule of witness sequestration in…

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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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