February 15, 2006 News and Notes

first_img February 15, 2006 News & Notes February 15, 2006 News and Notes News and Notes Bruce J. Berman, a partner in the Miami office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, recently completed the 2006 edition of Florida Civil Procedure, published by West Group and released in December. Adam J. Steinberg of Carlton Fields in Miami has become a certified Florida arbitrator. Maria T. Currier of Hunton & Williams has been reappointed outside general counsel for the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association. Linda Suzzanne Griffin was elected as a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel. She also co-authored the chapter on accounting in Practice Under the Florida Probate Code (fourth ed.). Additionally, Griffin spoke at the 2005 Florida Legal Education Association Seminar in Orlando on “Individual Retirement Accounts.” Griffin also spoke to the St. Petersburg Bar Association on “Hot Topics in Tax Laws” and to the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council on the new “Disclaimer Statute.” Alice Reiter Feld published “Health Care Surrogates, Living Wills, and Related Issues” in Florida Guardianship Practice. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend of The Solomon Tropp Law Group in Tampa was featured as keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights Banquet held by the Constitution Committee in Palm Beach County. Her topic was “Our Current Constitutional Crisis: The Loss of Our Republican Form of Government.” David W. Singer of Hollywood received the 2006 Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Sally Still of Christin D. Hanley & Associates was appointed to serve as a member of Thompson’s Editorial Advisory Board. Andrew Yaffa of Grossman, Roth, Olin, Meadow, Cohen, Yaffa, Pennekamp & Cohen in Boca Raton presented “The Use of Electronics in the Courtroom” to the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. David B. Williams of Bush Ross has been appointed to the Real Estate Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Center for Real Estate Studies.The Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel has elected new officers for 2006: Edward L. Birk of Marks Gray, president; Jerilynn M. O’Hara of O’Hara Spradley, vice-president; David J. Anderson of Cole, Stone, Stoudemire & Morgan, secretary; Kristy L. Gavin, treasurer, and Crystal T. Broughman, sponsorship liaison, both of Gobelman, Love, Gavin, Blazs & Wasilenko. Mark Terry of Terry & Co. in Miami was appointed to the editorial board of The Bulletin, the official newspaper of the Dade County Bar Association. Joseph G. Jarret recently published “Firefighter Liability” in Public Risk Magazine and recently presented “Public Records Ethical Dilemmas” on behalf of 17 incorporated municipalities. Michael A. Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables served as a guest speaker at the Civil Justice for Victims of Crime conference hosted by the National Center for Victims of Crime. Michael J. Higer of Mintz Truppman Clein & Higer in Miami was named the outstanding member of the year of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. George D. Gabel, Jr., of Holland & Knight in Jacksonville was reappointed to the board of directors of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2006. Andy Dogali of Forizs & Dogali was elected president of the board of directors of the Faces of Courage Foundation for 2006. Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami hosted a field trip for students from Miami Senior and Carol Senior High Schools’ Legal and Public Affairs Magnet Programs. The event was part of the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section eMentoring Program. Sandra M. Upegui of Shutts & Bowen was named to the board of directors of Educate Tomorrow and chair of its fundraising committee. Thomas Scolaro of Leesfield, Leighton & Partners in Miami was a featured speaker at the Litigating Premises Liability and Negligent Security Cases Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale. John S. Mills of Mills & Carlin addressed the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce on “The Judicial Nominations Process and How It Affects You.”last_img read more

TCPA In 2018: A year in review

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The courts deciding issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2018 did little to provide greater clarity on how callers can effectively avoid liability for telephone calls and text messages to consumers. Until the Federal Communications Commission issues another TCPA order in light some of these court decisions, and/or the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the conflicting decisions of the various appeals courts, compliance with TCPA will depend on where you do business.What is an “Automated Telephone Dialing System”?Perhaps the area of greatest confusion and risk of liability lies with the issue of how an automated telephone dialing system ATDS is defined. The FCC 2015 order interpreted an ATDS to include equipment that has the potential ability to dial randomly or sequentially, including by the modification of equipment or adding software to provide these capabilities in the future.A number of entities, including ACA International, requested review of the 2015 order. On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in ACA International v. FCC rejected the FCC’s 2015 interpretation of an ATDS. The court ruled it is unreasonable to conclude smartphones qualify “because they have the inherent ‘capacity’ to gain ATDS functionality by downloading an app.” The focus should be on “how much is required to enable the device to function as an autodialer.”last_img read more

Virginia family finds nearly $1 million dollars, turns it in

first_imgA Virginia family who went out for a ride to get a breath of fresh air after being in the house due to coronavirus lockdown orders made a discovery of nearly $1 million in two bags lying in the road.According to reports, David and Emily Schantz left their Caroline County home with their children last Saturday and drove their pickup truck over to what they thought were bags of trash.They picked them up and tossed the bags in the back of their truck and kept riding, according to Emily Schantz.When the family returned to their home, they discovered the bags contained money, she said.“Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said `cash vault,”‘ Schantz told WTVR.Emily Schantz immediately called the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, who arrived to their home and took the bags of cash and determined the money totaled nearly $1 million.Caroline Sheriff’s Maj. Scott Moser said authorities have since determined where the money was headed, but are still trying to figure out how it ended up in the middle of a road in Goochland County. Moser would not say specifically where the money was going.Moser said he hopes the recipients offer the Schantzes a nice reward.last_img