Current Florida Legal News

  • Palm Beach PostNEW: Sober home regulation starts Saturday with new Florida lawPalm Beach PostParamedics help a young man whom they had revived from a heroin overdose in Delray Beach, a Florida town known as a haven for addiction treatment and recovery, Feb. 2, 2017. Lax oversight here has fueled the rapid proliferation of troubled treatment ...Gov. […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • Ayala V. Scott Death Penalty Dispute Heads to Florida Supreme CourtWMFEAttorneys for both sides will have twenty minutes to argue whether it was legal for Governor Scott to take two dozen murder cases from Ayala's office and reassign them to fifth circuit prosecutor Brad King. The move came after Ayala announced in March ... […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • Fox 4Florida Missing Child Alert issued for 7-year-old boy from DavenportFox 4POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 7-year-old boy from Davenport, Florida, near Lakeland, on Tuesday. Donovan Carruthers is described as a white male, 7-years-old, 4-feet-tall, 60 pounds, black hair with brown eyes ...and more » […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • FOX 13 News, Tampa BayWhat Florida's medical marijuana law doesn't allowFOX 13 News, Tampa BayTAMPA (FOX 13) - In November, 71-percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 2. Today, more than 18,000 of them carry a medical marijuana card, allowing them to legally purchase and consume cannabis. But perhaps what it doesn't do is just a […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • Tampabay.com (blog)Tampa moves to pause permits for 5G wireless equipment to assess impact of new Florida lawTampabay.com (blog)With the regulatory landscape changing fast — the law goes into effect Saturday — the city of Tampa is moving to put a six-month pause on issuing permits for putting the new technology on its rights of way. “There's s […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • Palm Beach PostPOINT OF VIEW: State Speaker should learn about 'next-door government'Palm Beach PostCorcoran, the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, praised top-down Tallahassee solutions and claimed state politicians are less susceptible to special interest influence than local leaders. ... There are over 2,000 registered l […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • NorthEscambia.comFlorida Gov. Scott signs 5 education bills, 33 other billsWFLATALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill making it easier for parents and residents to challenge school textbooks and school library books. The legislation, which was one of 29 bills signed on Monday, allows parents and ...Scott Appoints Jimmy P […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • AlterNetWATCH: Florida Cop Makes up Law to Ticket Black Man for Walking Without IdentificationAlterNetAccording to the Miami Herald, a police officer in Jacksonville, Florida incorrectly cited a law requiring identification for drivers when giving a ticket to a black man for jaywalking and for not having an ID on him, as shown in a viral video the […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • The LedgerEditorial: Grimsley's pace-setting needs many more followersThe LedgerThe FSNE relies on bill- and vote-tracking by the First Amendment Foundation, a Tallahassee-based open government watchdog group, to complete the report card. The news organizations base the grades on how lawmakers voted on measures that either ...and more » […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • Miami HeraldToo many Florida lawmakers fail to make the grade, impose more public-records secrecyMiami HeraldFlorida lawmakers received a final grade on their support for public-records laws during this year's legislative session in Tallahassee — a score given by Florida newspapers with information culled by the state's premier open-gover […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • Miami HeraldToo many Florida lawmakers fail to make the grade, impose more public-records secrecyMiami HeraldFlorida lawmakers received a final grade on their support for public-records laws during this year's legislative session in Tallahassee — a score given by Florida newspapers with information culled by the state's premier open-gover […]
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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  • RecodeFlorida is now the fourth state to permit delivery robots on sidewalksRecodeThe Florida law is similar to legislation finalized in Virginia, Idaho and Wisconsin earlier this year. All of these state laws were passed with the support of Starship Technologies, a company that makes a rover designed to deliver packages, like food ...and more » […]
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017
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  • Palm Beach PostMedical pot, drone and 5G wireless laws among 38 signed by ScottPalm Beach PostThe highest-profile bill (SB 8A) provides rules for implementing the November constitutional amendment that broadened the legal use of medical marijuana in Florida, while others range in issues from setting guidelines for the use of aerial drones (HB ...Go […]
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017
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  • Florida Politics (blog)Craft distillers to get fee break under new lawFlorida Politics (blog)The bill also defines sake, the Japanese fermented-rice beverage, as “wine” under state law. Florida law had defined wine as being made from fruit so sake was technically not wine. Theoretically, restaurants could have been forced to stop serving sake ...an […]
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017
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  • NBC2 NewsGov. Scott signs 38 bills into lawNBC2 NewsPublic Records/Medical Marijuana Use Registry/Physician Certification for Marijuana and Dispensing/Department of Health – This bill creates a public records exemption for identifying information of patients, caregivers and physicians in the medical ...and more » […]
    Fri, Jun 23, 2017
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  • Saturday's letters: Local government responsive to citizensTampabay.comSaturday's letters: Local government responsive to citizens ... The Florida House speaker praised top-down Tallahassee solutions and claimed state politicians are less susceptible to special interest influence than local leaders. ... While state ...and more » […]
    Fri, Jun 23, 2017
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  • Sunshine State NewsOrlando Airport Bans Medical MarijuanaSunshine State NewsAirports fall under federal law, board members said, and thus must follow their rules despite what local laws may be. ... Florida lawmakers just recently worked out a regulatory system for the newly-expanded medical marijuana business in Florida. The ...City of Orlando Poli […]
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017
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  • CNNMoneyFormer Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weedCNNMoneyBut Billie said he won't be growing weed on tribal land in the Everglades because Florida's marijuana laws are too restrictive. Instead, Billie has teamed up with Electrum Partners, a finance firm specializing in the legal marijuana ... Electrum ...and more » […]
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017
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  • Florida Politics (blog)Polk GOP Commissioner warns Republican incumbents may face strong challengesFlorida Politics (blog)Republican Legislators could find themselves challenged for election next year … by Republican candidates, Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey, a Lakeland Republican, confirmed Wednesday. In an interview before his address t […]
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017
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  • Sun SentinelRichard Corcoran's nanny-state style | EditorialSun SentinelHis misplaced logic goes like this: It's easy for special interests to roll a city or county commission of only five, seven or nine members. Tallahassee, on the other hand, can better withstand the pressure because the Florida House has 120 members ...and more » […]
    Wed, Jun 21, 2017
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  • MyPalmBeachPostUber drivers: Picking up loose ends of Florida's new lawMyPalmBeachPostAnyway, the Miami-Dade ordinance that required English-speaking proficiency will be replaced by the statewide law, which doesn't address language requirements. So Uber drivers in Florida can speak Spanish with impunity starting on July 1. I'm guessi […]
    Tue, Jun 20, 2017
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  • Sun SentinelMedical marijuana rules move forward ahead of July deadline - Sun ...Sun SentinelGov. Rick Scott is expected to sign medical marijuana bill the Legislature sent to him Monday.and more » […]
    Tue, Jun 20, 2017
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  • New Florida Law Addresses Status of Workers and Other Issues in Ride-Sharing IndustryLexology (registration)Executive Summary: As the sharing economy continues to gain popularity with workers, businesses, and consumers by offering increased job flexibility and consumer choice, courts and regulatory agencies have struggled with how to fit this new “ […]
    Fri, Jun 16, 2017
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  • SaintPetersBlog (blog)Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 6.15.17SaintPetersBlog (blog)“Scott signs pollution notification bill into law” via Florida Politics — The so-called spill bill (SB 1018) requires companies to submit a notice of a reportable pollution release to the Department of Environmental Protection with […]
    Thu, Jun 15, 2017
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  • Cabinet taps Florida Forever for conservation dealsDaily CommercialRick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed Wednesday to use $15 million from the Florida Forever program to buy 407 acres in Gilchrist County — preserving a cluster of natural springs — and to protect 6,071 acres of agricultural land in Polk and Hardee ...and more » […]
    Wed, Jun 14, 2017
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  • The HillFlorida governor signs strengthened 'stand your ground' bill into lawThe HillFlorida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has signed into law a strengthened version of the famous "stand your ground" law that was cited in the jury instructions in the 2012 trial for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin that eventuall […]
    Sat, Jun 10, 2017
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  • Tampabay.com (blog)Scott signs "Stand Your Ground" change, religious expression in school, 14 other new lawsTampabay.com (blog)... measures Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Friday, he endorsed two high-profile bills that were linked by a late-session compromise: one that makes a significant change to Florida's controversial “Stand […]
    Fri, Jun 09, 2017
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  • Tallahassee.comFlorida law to give miscarriage certificatesTallahassee.comFlorida will become the first state to issue what's essentially a birth certificate to women who've had miscarriages, an idea that received broad support among Democrats and Republicans despite concerns from the National Organization for Women that it ...Florida Wil […]
    Fri, Jun 02, 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.

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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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