South Florida Firms Join Forces For Condo Collapse Class Action, Attracting Potential Class Members

By Melea VanOstrand

June 29, 2021

Within days of filing the first lawsuit over the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, plaintiffs attorney Brad Sohn of The Brad Sohn Law Firm in Coral Gables has partnered with a larger firm specializing in complex commercial litigation.

Sohn will handle the case with Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton, based in Miami and Coral Gables.

The proposed class action accuses the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association of negligence. Since it landed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court Thursday, Sohn said he’s lined up more than 20 clients and is in talks with more.

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Businesses And Crypto: Finding The Value And Managing The Big Risks

By Erik Sherman 

June 29, 2021

The good news for cryptocurrency is that El Salvador decided to adopt it as legal tender and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a proposal to let banks handle digital assets like Bitcoin.

The bad news for corporations? Multiple. When something is legal tender, you must have a way to handle it; the banking proposal shows how unpredictable the values of cryptocurrencies are; a major crypto exchange is getting hit hard by countries refusing to allow it entry, and, as Tesla may well show, when a company holds crypto and the price drops, it can mean a balance sheet hit, even if the coin rises in value again.

Cryptocurrencies are an interesting and developing intersection of finance and technology. But corporations, even when exploring opportunities, must respect and manage risk. There’s plenty of it going around with Bitcoin, Ethereum, and all the other coins and associated exchanges.

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How Private Is Your Health Data?

By Stephanie Watson

June 24, 2021

Many of the health monitoring activities we used to do in our doctor’s office have moved into the digital world. Smart watches and apps track our sleep, workouts, diet, and stress levels. We use online portals to check test results, refill prescriptions, and make doctor’s appointments.

Having so much personal health information floating around in cyberspace raises important privacy issues. Just who has access to our digital health data, and what could they do with it?

Although nearly two-thirds of Americans say they like being able to manage their health on their devices, most are concerned about the security of their personal data. Though there’s good reason to worry, there are also ways to protect your digital health data.

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Attorney Compensation, Arrest Booking Photos: Florida Governor Signs Bills Affecting Lawyers

By Michael A. Mora

June 22, 2021

The Florida governor signed nearly 45 bills into law on Monday, with at least five that will impact the legal profession.

Among the new laws is CS/HB 625, which requires lawyers to provide a set of disclosures to the personal representative or trustee in probate or trust administration services if the attorney intends to charge a fee using the statutory fee schedule.

Javier Lopez, a partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami, said transparency is always a win for attorneys in their profession.

“The takeaway is you better have lawyers that know what they’re doing,” Lopez said about CS/HB 625. “In these types of bills, you see an excuse or harmless-error exception. But the bill does not seem to have that exception. So if the lawyer does not make these disclosures, the attorney may not be paid for his or her legal services without prior court approval.”

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‘Thank Heavens’: Miami-Dade Expanding In-Person Trials, Other Court Proceedings

By Michael A. Mora

June 8, 2021

The Miami-Dade Circuit Court released an advisory Tuesday acknowledging the Florida Supreme Court’s unprecedented expansion of in-person court proceedings, starting later this month.

“The Florida Supreme Court has established a window from June 21 to Aug. 2 for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, such as the wearing of masks and social distancing in Florida’s courts,” Chief Circuit Judge Bertila Soto said. “Thanks to this new guidance, we are happy to announce that we will be expanding in-person trials and other court proceedings in the near future.”

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