Jon Lynn obtained a defense verdict for a dentist after a week-long trial in Miami. The dentist had been sued by a former patient who developed a life-threatening infection after the dentist had extracted four of her teeth to treat her chronic advanced periodontitis. The patient had to be hospitalized for almost a month, most of which she spent in the ICU on a ventilator. Her medical bills totaled almost $300,000. The Plaintiff claimed that the dentist misdiagnosed an obvious osteomyelitis of the mandible which resulted in the lengthy hospitalization. The defense argued that the infection represented a progression of the patient’s periodontal disease which occurred despite appropriate care by the dentist. The jury ultimately concluded that the dentist was not negligent and was not liable for the patient’s injury and damage.
Florida Hospital v. Newsholme: 4th DCA
In this medical malpractice case, the 4th DCA reversed the Trial Court’s order allowing the plaintiff to amend the Complaint to assert punitive damages. In doing so, the 4th DCA held that the Trial Court utilized an incorrect legal standard. After a hearing, the Trial Court entered an order acknowledging that, pursuant to Section 768.72(1), Florida Statutes, plaintiff needed to make a reasonable showing by evidence which would provide a reasonable basis for recovery of punitive damages. The Trial Court also stated that it was bound to take plaintiff’s allegations as true, stating, ” [t]he standard of whether a claimant has established a ‘reasonable basis’ for recovery is similar to that of whether a claimant has stated a cause of action.” The 4th DCA noted that in Bistline v. Rogers, 215 So. 3d 607 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017), it held that Section 768.72(1), Florida Statutes, required the Trial Court to act as a gatekeeper and precluded a claim for punitive damage where there was no reasonable evidentiary basis for punitive damages. As explained by the 4th DCA, presenting mere allegations was not enough to warrant amendment. Because the Trial Court did not determine whether the evidence presented satisfied the “reasonable showing” requirement, the Order was quashed.
Wheaton v. Wheaton – Florida Supreme Court
In this case, the Florida Supreme Court held that a proposal for settlement was not subject to the email service provisions of Florida’s Rules of Judicial Administration. As the Florida Supreme Court noted, the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure require that while a proposal shall be served upon a party, the proposal is not filed unless necessary for enforcement. Florida’s service provisions now require service by email. The Florida Supreme Court noted that a notice of proposal for settlement does not require service by email because the proposals themselves are not filed until a party seeks attorney’s fees. All that is required is service of the notice, so that the opposing party is made aware of the proposal. Finally, the Florida Supreme Court noted that failing to comply with email requirements does not render the proposal unenforceable.
METROPCS Communications v. Porter: 3rd DCA
Court held that an arbitration provision contained monthly text messages to plaintiff was enforceable. The text message informed the plaintiff of terms and conditions of service and contained a hyperlink which plaintiff could use to read the arbitration agreement.
December 7, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the Georgette’s Boutique Holiday Fashion Show. La Cava and Jacobson, P.A. was honored to be an Elite Sponsor of Georgette’s Boutique Holiday Fashion Show Benefiting St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. The event raised $200,000.00 to purchase a state of the art breast ultra-sound. We were especially proud to once again see committee member, April La Cava, grace the runway as one of the celebrity models. A big thank you to all of the sponsors, committee members and of course Georgette Diaz, Tashia Diaz-Walker and Bentley Garcia of Georgette’s Boutique for making the event such a big success for such a good cause.
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