Internet, Twitter, Facebook Complicate Jury Instructions

By Daphne Duret, -- At the Palm Beach County Courthouse, where May is Juror Appreciation Month, citizens who answer the call for jury service can tap into free Internet access from their smartphone to surf, tweet, text, post and blog to their heart's content. Several years ago, one local juror used an iPhone in just that way -- and ended up adding a Palm Beach County manslaughter trial to the growing list of cases tossed because of jurors' use of electronic communications and social media. "You can go to Google, look up 'juror misconduct' and find a number of cases," Chief Circuit Judge Peter Blanc said. "I think the fact that you can do that alone speaks to the impact technology has on the process." … [Read more...]

Florida grabs a chunk of foreclosure settlement money for state budget

TALLAHASSEE — Out of $334 million in cash payments sent to Florida in a multibillion dollar mortgage settlement with major banks, more than $33 million will help bolster the state's budget. Florida is one of several states taking a portion of the $2.5 billion in cash payments from big banks and using it for programs not directly related to the foreclosure crisis, according to ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Pam Bondi — who negotiated the settlement on Florida's behalf — confirmed that 10 percent of the cash has been sent to the general budget … [Read more...]

Slade chairs commercial litigation at Boyd


Roger Slade has been named chair of Boyd & Jenrette's commercial litigation department in Miami.  He is a partner at Boyd & Jenrette. Throughout his 24 year career, Mr. Slade has handled all types of commercial matters including business fraud, shareholder disputes, class-actions for both plaintiffs and defendants, real estate litigation, commercial collection matters, employment discrimination claims, general business disputes and family law matters. … [Read more...]

Florida Medical Association, nurses in legal battle over sedation

Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Medical Association and two other doctors’ groups are in a legal fight with the state Board of Nursing about whether nurses should be able to sedate some patients. An administrative law judge is expected to hear arguments next month in the case, which is part of a broader national debate about the administration of a drug that is commonly used when patients undergo procedures such as colonoscopies. Arguing that it is trying to protect patients and nurses, the Board of Nursing has proposed a rule that would largely prevent registered nurses and licensed-practical nurses from administering the drug known as propofol. … [Read more...]

Miami law firm Greenberg Traurig, TD Bank face fallout from Rothstein scandal

BY JAY WEAVER, Miami Herald - When two of Miami’s banking and legal giants step into federal court for a contempt hearing Thursday, they face an unusual public airing of embarrassing mistakes — or, worse, deliberate misconduct — that could tarnish their reputations. The Miami-based Greenberg Traurig law firm and its client, Toronto-Dominion Bank, will be grilled by a federal judge over their failure to turn over key documents for a trial involving investors burned by convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. JWEAVER@MIAMIHERALD.COM Read more here: … [Read more...]