Florida Amends State Summary Judgment Rule To Match Federal Standard

The Florida Supreme Court has amended the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to adopt the federal summary judgment standard. The new standard is expected to make it easier for judges to grant summary judgment motions and should improve the fairness and efficiency of Florida’s civil justice system. The Supreme Court approved the...

Florida Court Vacates $9M Award in Asbestos-Talc Case against J&J

On August 5, 2020, the Florida 11th Judicial Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County ordered a new trial on damages in an asbestos-talcum powder case that resulted in a $9 million verdict against defendants associated with Johnson & Johnson earlier this year. In vacating the jury’s verdict, the Court concluded that the “jury’s...

Florida Conducts First Socially Distanced Trials

During the month of July, jury trials “resumed” in both state and federal courts in Florida, albeit with several restrictions. Florida’s first civil jury trial, People’s Trust Insurance Company vs. Yusem Corchero et al., was part of a voluntary pilot program that Chief Justice Charles Canady authorized in five circuits. The...

Supreme Court Defends LGBTQ Rights in Historic Decision

On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, holding that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion was the product of three separate appeals in factually similar cases.  Each plaintiff was fired...

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Failure to Warn Standard

On June 3, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its decision affirming the New Jersey Appellate Division’s reversal of defendants’ summary judgment in the matter of Whelan v. Armstrong International, Inc., et al.  The Court reinforced that product manufacturers and distributors can be held strictly liable for failure...

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