Tampa Attorney Dale Swope Elected President of the Florida Justice Association

New Officers Sworn In at 2017 FJA Annual Convention Tallahassee, Florida – Tampa attorney Dale Swope last week became the 58th president of the Florida Justice Association. Swope took the leadership reins of the organization at the Florida Justice Association’s 2017 Annual Conference in St. Pete Beach. “I’m honored my colleagues have placed their trust…

BREAKING NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Holds Med Mal Personal Injury Caps Unconstitutional

In a 4-to-3 ruling, the Florida Supreme Court today affirmed the decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal that the Florida statute establishing caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice personal injury cases is unconstitutional. In its ruling, the Court wrote: [T]he caps on noneconomic damages in sections 766.118(2) and (3) arbitrarily reduce damage…

FJA 2017 Legislative Summary

Here’s your final FJA Legislative Update The handkerchiefs finally dropped Monday to mark the official end of the 2017 Florida legislative session. The consideration of substantive bills ended Friday evening. Reviewing the results of the session, it’s clear that thanks to the tireless work of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) leaders, staff and allies, big…

Florida Legal Updates

Compiled by Don Freeman, FJA Legislative Analyst PORT CHARLOTTE HMA, LLC, d/b/a PEACE RIVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, v. IALA SUAREZ, individually, and as Parent and Natural Guardian of K.D.P., a minor Opinion from Second DCA filed October 26, 2016. Statutory Cap on Noneconomic Damages In denying Peace River’s request to apply the statutory cap for…

2016 FJA Founders’ Award Recipients

Each year, at the Founders’ Award Luncheon, we commemorate the legacy of the Founders of the FJA and the admirable characteristics they demonstrated, and we also recognize the distinguished individuals whom we look up to and whose stories inspire us all. Enjoy these videos created in honor of each of the 2016 award recipients: Troy…

PIP Actuarial Study Released

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. was retained by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to conduct an actuarial study to estimate the cost savings that have resulted from HB 119, which introduced a series of automobile insurance reforms for the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.