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In recent years, food trucks have become major destinations for people in Jacksonville and all of Florida. These mobile restaurants provide lively, unique dishes that you may not be able to find anywhere close by. Their meteoric rise has not only reinvigorated many businesses, but given new life to local events. However, that may all change with a new bill introduced by Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Brown. Should the ordinance pass, food trucks may be legislated out of the city entirely. But these are not the only local eateries that have recently come under attack.
The new House Bill 1329, which was recently introduced by Representative Ray Wesley Rodrigues of Fort Myers, would put severe limitations on local small breweries. The Jacksonville attorneys at Farah & Farah support local business and have seen how much damage these bills would cause if signed into law.
It may have gotten even more difficult and more expensive to protect your legal rights in Florida after Governor Rick Scott recently signed two business-friendly measures into law that raise the bar for expert witness standards.
Both Measures HB 7015 and SB 1792 were recently signed into law by the governor and both deal with the sometimes contentious issue of what constitutes an expert witness.
HB 7015 will now require courts in Florida to use the three-part test used by the federal government to determine if a witness is considered an expert in a particular field. SB 1792 specifies that in a health-related lawsuit, only a doctor who practices in the same specialty as a physician who is being sued will be admitted as an expert witness. Read the rest »
A Florida National Guard flight physician who left his own private practice behind to provide medical care in Afghanistan…
A POW who worked on the bridge over the river Kwai…
A single mother who had to leave her children behind during deployments and is now suffering from Thyroid cancer…
Florida personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah are joining Channel 4 once again to honor military heroes on the 4th of July in a Disney World sweepstakes. Channel 4 viewers were asked to nominate deserving military members and to share pictures and stories of their heroes on the News4Jax.com website. Read the rest »
New technologies are now available to aid Florida’s Silver Alert program to help track seniors who may have wandered away from home. At least 44 senior drivers have been located through the program, which helps track seniors confused or suffering from dementia who decide to get behind the wheel. The program was first used in Oklahoma in 2005 but came to Florida to help track the large number of seniors here.
At last count in Florida, there are about 4.45 million people over the age of 60, and 1.7 million over the age of 75, according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The primary way of alerting the public to a missing senior citizen is through overhead signs on highways and toll roads, but some counties don’t have that technology. Read the rest »
During the four-day holiday enforcement period around Independence Day, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports it issued 8,541 citations and made 90 arrests for DUI. An increased number of troopers also wrote tickets to more than 3,200 speeding drivers and nearly 1,100 drivers for failing to follow the seat belt laws. Florida now has a primary seat belt law so officers can pull a driver over for no other reason than not wearing a seat belt.
Troopers responded to more than 900 crashes that resulted in 13 fatalities.
FHP reminds motorists it is the law when an emergency vehicle or wrecker has flashing lights on and is stopped on the side of the roadway that a motorist must move over one lane if that lane is clear. Also motorists have a way to call in aggressive drivers or drivers who need roadside assistance. Just call *FHP (*347) to report a reckless driver or someone pulled over on the side of the road. Read the rest »
The Miami Herald reports that Miami and Orlando lead the state in the number of new jobs. Orlando has about 14 percent of workers in Florida yet leads with 46 percent of the new jobs created – the largest percentage in the state. South Florida has more workers at 30 percent but has 44 percent of the state’s new jobs.
What this article doesn’t mention is that many of these newly created jobs are minimum wage jobs in the theme parks. Still, the polling firm of Policom, ranks Orlando the 27th strongest metropolitan economy in the U.S. What kinds of jobs are being created? Beside tourism a new Medical City Park tied to the University of Central Florida’s medical school is expected to boost research, and Orlando has a strong video-game industry. Read the rest »
Victims of a motorcycle crash in Florida may be able to hold the at-fault party criminally responsible for the resulting injuries or death under a bill introduced into the Florida Legislature. Under Senate Bill 608, passed by a Florida Senate committee on Wednesday, March 9, the person who causes a motorcycle accident could face criminal charges in additional to civil charges, reports WCTV.
Tina McElhenny’s son Kris and Mike Sellers son, Steven were both killed in motorcycle accidents. Both parents tell WCTV that the at-fault drivers were never charged in those fatal accidents and they support Senate Bill 608. Read the rest »
Georgia motorcycle riders are being asked to respond to a proposal to set up motorcycle-only checkpoints. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reported in an article in its publication that it wants the checkpoints stopped in advance of Daytona Bike Week that runs March 4 through the 13. The organization is asking bikers to contact Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal until some questions are answered.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the state about $70,000 to conduct the motorcycle-only checkpoints. New York State previously had the same safety checkpoints for motorcyclists. The AMA believes that motorcycle safety is important but that focusing attention on crash prevention is the best way to keep everyone on the road safe. The AMA says it wants some questions answered first such as – where is the probable cause? That is usually required before someone is pulled over and questioned by police. And why do states focus their attention on motorcycles only? Read the rest »
The Ford Motor Company has some friends among Florida lawmakers. House Bill 201 was recently approved by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and it essentially lets Ford off the hook for millions in liability costs associated with auto accident injuries, reports WCTV. The measure is intended to reverse a 2001 Florida Supreme Court opinion that found a driver’s actions leading up to a car crash were irrelevant when it came time to decide the damages portion of his case. The bill encourages jurors to hear evidence whether the driver should be considered at-fault for causing his own injuries instead of a defective automobile in a product liability lawsuit. The bill has the backing of business groups who want to share the blame with the driver and reduce the costs of expensive defective product litigation.
Some lawmakers expressed concern that the issue of a defective product that explodes on impact could be clouded if information is introduced that the driver was also drunk, for example. Expect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the auto industry and Ford to encourage putting the burden back on the accident victim. The bill now goes onto the House Judiciary Committee and there is a similar version in the Senate. Read the rest »