Lawmakers ask about Bar lawyer regulation system

first_imgLawmakers ask about Bar lawyer regulation system Lawmakers ask about Bar lawyer regulation system Senior EditorAfter a day debunking many of the claims made about medical malpractice, a Florida Senate committee questioned Florida Bar President Miles McGrane about Bar prosecutions for frivolous lawsuits and the Bar grievance process generally.McGrane was one of about 20 people invited to give sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 14-15 during the second legislative special session on medical malpractice.The Senate has been under fire from Gov. Jeb Bush and the House for refusing to agree to a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. But senators said they had been getting conflicting information, so the upper chamber took the unusual step of inviting witnesses to the Judiciary Committee, and then putting them under oath. That makes them liable to a perjury charge if they lie.McGrane testified after the committee had quizzed state employees involved in regulating insurance companies and the medical profession. They testified that the state largely relies on information from insurance companies and their accountants on the number of claims made and other actuarial information. Other employees testified that although claims have been made that high malpractice rates are driving doctors out of the state, there are more doctors in Florida than five years ago, and the number of doctors applying to practice in Florida is increasing.Witnesses also said, contrary to much of the talk about medical malpractice, that there is no flood of frivolous malpractice suits driving up rates.Against that backdrop, committee Chair Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, asked McGrane for general information about the Bar’s grievance process and specifically how many cases had been investigated for filing frivolous malpractice suits.McGrane replied that there had been three malpractice related investigations. One was referred by a judge who ruled a defense lawyer did a filing without reasonable investigation. That case was dropped when an appellate court overturned the judge.On the other two cases, a lawyer sued the wrong doctor who had the identical name as the intended defendant, and a lawyer sued the wrong partner in a P.A., he said.In recent years, the Bar has averaged about 9,000 complaints a year involving 4,500 to 5,000 lawyers, McGrane reported. Total disciplines have ranged from 391 to 472, including between 20 and 38 annual disbarments. Other disciplines include suspensions, reprimands, voluntary resignations, and probations. The numbers do not include those who opt to attend the Bar’s ethics school in lieu of facing a minor misconduct charge.Asked by Sen. Durrell Peadon, R-Crestview, how the Bar process worked, McGrane answered that local grievance committees, made up of lawyers and nonlawyers, investigate complaints. If a committee finds probable cause, then a referee holds a hearing and makes a recommendation. That is reviewed by the Bar Board of Governors, which decides whether to agree to make a different recommendation when the case goes to the Supreme Court, which has final authority over all grievance cases, he said.Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-West Palm Beach, asked about cases under F.S. 57.105, which allows judges to award the opposing side attorneys’ fees in costs when an attorney brings a frivolous action. McGrane replied that rarely happens. He also noted that some had suggested a provision that an attorney who brings three frivolous actions within five years be barred from filing medical malpractice, and added he doubts that will ever happen.Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, a former member of the Bar Board of Governors, spent much of the meeting asking tough questions of insurance and medical representatives. He asked McGrane about lawyer advertising, saying, “I think the doctors have a legitimate gripe about that.”McGrane said the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1970s ruled that lawyers have a right to advertise, but that The Florida Bar has enacted — and has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — the toughest regulations of any state bar.“Personally, I find it repulsive, repugnant, whatever word you want to use. But as president of The Florida Bar, I have to enforce the rules on what the courts will let us do,” he said.Ironically, no one asked McGrane about his personal practice, which is largely made up of defending doctors in medical malpractice cases.Questioning of McGrane was mild compared to some witnesses. Robert White, president of First Professionals Insurance, the state’s largest medical malpractice insurance company, and Jeff Scott, an attorney with the Florida Medical Association, conceded there was no problem with frivolous lawsuits, or even that there is a large number of them. White said past legislation had fixed that problem, but added bad faith laws make it difficult for insurance companies.That was contrary to much of the rhetoric earlier this year, when frivolous lawsuits were frequently blamed for skyrocketing medical malpractice rates. White also estimated that 10 percent of rate hikes were caused by low interest rates on investments and other economic factors, not related to lawsuits. August 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Stock futures rise slightly after Tuesday’s rally as traders await U.S. election results

first_imgElection officials count absentee ballots at a polling place located in the Town of Beloit fire station on November 03, 2020 near Beloit, Wisconsin.Scott Olson | Getty Images – Advertisement – This week’s market moves come as investors hoped a delayed, or contested, U.S. presidential election result would be avoided and a clear winner would emerge Tuesday night.“This most recent uptick in prices seems to be a ‘clarity rally’ as investors look forward to finally having the election uncertainty overhang removed,” Adam Crisafulli, founder of Vital Knowledge, wrote in a note Tuesday.Former Vice President Joe Biden held a 10-point lead nationally over President Donald Trump, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Wall Street is also watching some key Senate races, which could lead to Democrats taking control of Congress.- Advertisement – Stock futures rose slightly on Tuesday night following a sharp rally during regular trading while investors awaited the result of the presidential election.Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 131 points higher, or 0.5%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.4% and Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 0.3%.Earlier in the day, the Dow popped more than 500 points, or 2.1%. The S&P 500 gained 1.8% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.9%. Those gains added to Monday’s strong performance.- Advertisement –center_img Investors are betting that a so-called blue wave — a scenario in which Democrats win the White House, obtain a Senate majority and keep control of the House — could facilitate the passing of new fiscal stimulus as the economy continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.“I think that no matter who wins, you have a quick dip and you have to buy,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said earlier on Tuesday.The S&P 500 lost 0.4%, on average, the day after presidential elections, according to Baird.Chao Ma of the Wells Fargo Investment Institute thinks investors with a longer time horizon should not worry too much about the election’s impact on the broader market.“The history of the economy and the S&P 500 Index suggests that a president’s party affiliation has made little difference when it comes to long-term returns,” said the firm’s global portfolio and investment strategist. “The long-term drivers of the S&P 500 index have been the economy and business earnings, and we expect that to continue to be the case … beyond the 2020 elections.”One year out from a presidential election, the S&P 500 averaged a return of more than 8%, according to the Baird data back to 1960.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Retired NRL star David Shillington grew up in is on the market

first_imgThe family home of former Gold Coast Titans player David Shillington is for sale. Picture: Regi VargheseTHE original family home that retired NRL star David Shillington grew up in is on the market.The former Gold Coast Titans forward retired from rugby league earlier this year due to chronic injuries.The 33-year-old has fond memories from his childhood at 48 Seventh Avenue, Kedron.He remembers having to share a bedroom with his three brothers when his parents first bought the original two bedroom Queenslander.When the boys grew older, his parents raised the house and built underneath.“It was a great spot to grow up with the park at the end of the street where we could kick the footy around,” Shillington said.Chinese buyer’s offer too good to refuseBeauty queen revealed and readyMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoMega price for modest homeRetired NRL player David Shillington’s family home in Kedron is for sale. Picture: Supplied by Ray WhiteGET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERERay White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said the highset 1920s house was in good condition and very liveable, but lent itself well to a full scale renovation.The property consists of two lots so would either suit a family looking for a big family home or a developer considering a subdivision.The property is scheduled for auction on July 20 at 6pm.Shillington played 215 NRL games for the Roosters, Canberra Raiders and Titans as well as 14 Tests, eight Origin games for Queensland, four matches for the Prime Minister’s XIII and two NRL All Stars appearances.last_img read more

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment in New York?

first_imgSun Times 13 January 2016New York’s medical marijuana program rolled out Jan. 6 with one of the strictest programs of all 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana.New York’s medical marijuana law only allows non-smokable forms of marijuana, such as edibles or liquids that can be ingested orally, and patients are not allowed to grow their own cannabis at home.Only a handful of “severe, debilitating or life threatening” health conditions are currently eligible for medical marijuana treatment in New York.On Monday, New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced that the state would not be expanding its list of medical marijuana eligible health conditions to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia or rheumatoid arthritis, as reported by High Times.Zucker said more evidence was needed before health officials could add these conditions to the state’s list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions.http://extract.suntimes.com/information-resources/10/153/12263/new-york-medical-marijuana-qualifying-health-conditionsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Barbados and OECS Raise Stakes at Historic 73rd World Health Assembly

first_img Share 51 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img InternationalLifestyleLocalNewsPoliticsRegional Barbados and OECS Raise Stakes at Historic 73rd World Health Assembly by: – June 4, 2020 Share 73rd World Health Assembly was held virtually“This is a crisis therefore that strikes not only at the heart of our humanity but also at the organization of our human societies.”  PM Mia MottleyThe Chairperson of CARICOM, and the prime minister of Barbados, the Hon.  Mia Mottley was one of the 14 Heads of Government who addressed the recently concluded 73rd World Health Assembly. The prime minister in her address on behalf of the Caribbean Community CARICOM recognized they could not fight COVID-19 but instead tried to delay its arrival in the Caribbean.Prime Minister Mottley described ‘the Caribbean region’s economies as the most travelled and tourism dependent in the world, adding that our people and economies are exposed in a way that we have not experienced since becoming independent’. “The closing of our borders and the trebling of unemployment, and the reduction of our government revenues by half, has created grave challenges.”Commending the “intervening hand” of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) and CARPHA, the Prime Minister said these agencies sought to move the region closer to a level playing field, but lamented that there is still much work to be done.Prime Minister Mottley outlined the need for “moral leadership” that would “recognize that the use of historic per capita income to determine access to concessional funds or grant funds, or to determine fair access to the procurement of goods, is unacceptable”.The World Health Assembly heard that the use of certain criteria did not allow for vulnerable territories in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific to access funds and that such criteria bore little or no relevance to our current vulnerability and challenges.Mottley thanked WHO Director-General,  Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, for reaching out to the Executive Director of the Global Fund to advocate for the countries in the region that have been excluded from procurement through the consortium of critical COVID-19 medical supplies. Our region, it was said, “urgently needs adequate numbers of the appropriate tests, in particular the rapid tests that are affordable and reliable, if we are to allow our societies and economies to reopen safely.”The Minister of Health and Wellness, for Barbados, Lt Col. Jeffery Bostic, also shared Barbados’ preparedness prior to recording the first cases of COVID-19.  Minister Bostic shared key highlights of the response identified on procurement of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies in an environment of scarcity; and strengthening of the infrastructure of the health care system, including laboratory capacity for the diagnosis of COVID-19. Minister Bostic said “We are cognizant of the on-going health needs of our people and are determined to not be paralyzed by this pandemic”.Speaking on behalf of the OECS, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Health, the Hon. Molywn Joseph, reiterated that “containment works”, stating that “all countries in the region were able to ‘flatten the curve’.”However, Minister Joseph lamented that the response to the public health crisis has resulted in the related economic and social crises, adding that “tourism accounts for over 50-percent of GDP and nearly 40-percent of employment across the region”.As a country still grappling with recovery from hurricane devastation, Minister Joseph told the WHA that Antigua & Barbuda requires global partnerships to address the needs resulting from COVID-19 and beyond. Access to financing and debt, continued support from PAHO and WHO to strengthen health systems, access to supplies to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and development of relevant protocols for reopening of the economies.Dominica’s Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, the Hon.  Dr. Irving McIntyre, expressed thanks to those who assisted Dominica, including China, the WHO, Venezuela and Cuba.The Minister observed that “as we continue to share the experience of COVID-19, the world should emerge better prepared for future infectious diseases”.He added: “The importance of striking a balance between maintenance of livelihoods and economic activity while preserving our health status and gains made so far is a delicate one, more so as local economies and boarders are reopened in a phased manner.”Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne, said the pandemic has taught his country that “we don’t have a developing world and a developed world; we have one world and we are all in it together.”Minister Browne reflected on challenges faced by his nation. “Our response was affected by the disruption of supply chains and trade restrictions. It took us two and half months to get a PCR diagnostic machine (out of the USA), and even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for all its good intentions and explosive might seemed powerless to help us on this matter.’’Minister of Health and Wellness of St. Lucia, the Hon. Mary Isaac, advised the WHA that “to facilitate quarantine and isolation of persons identified through contact tracing and those returning from high risk COVID-19 areas, five public health facilities were established in hotels and a hospital was retrofitted as a respiratory hospital,”.St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Agriculture and Health, the Hon. Eugene Hamilton, had this to say when addressing the WHA. “Global success in winning the war against Covid-19 will be largely dependent on strong leadership at all levels – government, the private sector, and civil society. The focus must be on saving lives, safe vaccine development, and recalibration towards a new normal that includes the rights to health and a life of dignity for all people.”last_img read more

Garvin George sentencing traversed to January 2012 assizes

first_img Tweet 33 Views   no discussions Court gavel. Image via: lazytechguys.comGarvin George of Calibishie will have to wait until the January Criminal Assizes to know what sentence he will receive as High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson-Brooks ordered that a Social Welfare report be conducted.Garvin George was found guilty of the murder of Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case by a nine member jury on November 23rd, 2011 and had to return to court on December 5th, 2011 for sentencing. His lawyer Wayne Norde and counsel for the State Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina were directed on November 23rd, 2011 to file brief written submissions regarding sentencing by the 2nd of December 2011.However, Justice Stephenson-Brooks said on Monday that a report from the Social Welfare is essential to assist the Court in determining a proper sentence. His family members as well as relatives of the deceased Julien Junior Joseph are to be interviewed by the Social Welfare Department.The trial has therefore been traversed to the January 2012 assizes which is scheduled to commence on the 24th of January, 2012.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Garvin George sentencing traversed to January 2012 assizes by: – December 6, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Local Bluegrass Band Taking Show On The Road

first_imgImage: FacebookLocal bluegrass band My Brother’s Keeper will begin a summer tour next week.Four members make up the band including siblings Joshua, Benjamin and Titus Luckhaupt, along with Franklin County High School graduate Wyatt Murray.The band will have several stops along the tour, including in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.“We were like eventually we have to and want to do music full time, so we have to try it,” guitarist Benjamin Luckhaupt said. “We booked most of the tour independently, so we put a lot of work into it.”It is exciting and we get to play music full time this summer!”With influences ranging a wide spectrum of musical genres, My Brother’s Keeper is a Bluegrass/Folk band with a contemporary sound, energetic live shows, creative musicianship and positive lyrics.The band finished in second place in the Safe Auto Do The Jingle Contest in February.My Brother’s Keeper will perform during this weekend’s Happy Valley Bluegrass Festival on Hickory Rd. in Franklin County. They will take the stage at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Cardinals And Pirates Split Middle School Games

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team lost to the host GreensburgJunior high Pirates 63-25 Tuesday evening.Thomas Raver was leading scorer for the Cardinals followed by Abe Streator, CJ Grote, Cody Mohr and a Ryan Reder. St. Louis was able to put in a great 1st quarter matching the starters for Greensburg but the shots started raining in for the home team and the deficit was too great to overcome midway through the second half.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St. Louis Cardinals 8th grade team travelled to Greensburg Tuesday to play the host Greensburg Pirates 48-32.The Cardinals came off the long holiday break ready to play as they scored 18 points in the first quarter to take a 18-7 lead.  They extended the lead in the second quarter and took a 31-18 lead going into the lock room.  After the break, St Louis came out of the lock room playing some good defense as they held Greensburg to only 3 points in the 3rd quarter and then went on to win by the final score of 48-32.Overall the Cardinals showed good ball movement on offense which allowed them to get some easy buckets and played a very stifling defense for the entire game.The scoring for St. Louis consisted of  Kurt Siefert with 3, Riley Schebler 6, Jack Forbeck 3, Andrew Oesterling 12, Lleyton Ratcliffe 15, Wil Freeland 4, Karen Macke 1, and Sam Voegele had 4.  Defensively Voegele led both teams in rebounds and had good defensive support from Tyler Kuntz and Jacob Wuestefeld.The Cardinals play next at Sunman-Dearborn this Thursday with the first game starting at 5:30.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Patsy A. Lanning, 79, Brookville

first_imgPatricia A. “Patsy” Lanning, age 79, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday morning January 22, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her family.Born May 22, 1940 in Springfield Township, Franklin County she was the daughter of the late Everett & Roberta (Stokes) Waltz.  On August 20, 1960 she was united in marriage to Quentin Gene Lanning, and he preceded her in death on December 6, 2017.Patsy was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church, where she played the piano & organ for 63 years, and had also attended the Springfield Community Church; the Whitcomb United Methodist Women, Franklin County 4-H Whitcomb Booster club for over 57 years; as well as the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club.Survivors include a daughter, Beth (Paul) Fultz of Brookville, Indiana, two sons, Brian (Mary Jo) Lanning of New Palestine, Indiana and Brent (Sandy) Lanning of Brookville, Indiana; a sister, Marilyn Frensemeier of Greensburg, Indiana, a sister-in-law, Wanda Waltz of Whitcomb, Indiana; 8 grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Scott, Christopher Lanning, Stephanie (Jeremy) Fryer, Amber (Jeff) King, Ryan Breen, Jason (Randi) Fultz, Jackie (Dustin) Paugh, Jacob (Jessica) Fultz; 17 great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents & husband, Quentin, she was preceded in death by a brother, Loren Waltz, and a brother-in-law, Robert Frensemeier.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Steve Rundel & Pastor Ralph Gutowski will officiate the funeral services on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Whitcomb United Methodist Church, the Springfield Community Church or the American Cancer Society.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to once again serve the Lanning family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Tyson Fury mocks Anthony Joshua

first_imgTyson Fury launched an astonishing rant on Anthony Joshua during lockdown when asked about the pair potentially trading punches in the future.“The Gypsy King” was on top form when discussing the bout with Jamie and Harry Redknapp on their new Sky series: “Home Fixture.” Fury, 31, blasted AJ’s technical ability and defence, before completely shutting down any notion of a victory for the unified champion if they meet.As WBC title-holder, Fury has the opportunity to take him every single belt on offer, which many believe he will do if Joshua agrees to the fight.Outlining what happens if they ever lock horns, Fury was certainly adamant Joshua would hit the canvas.“AJ’s style is tailor-made for mine,” Fury told both Redknapps alongside comedian Tom Davis. “He’s an upright fighter, walking forward with a classic defence.“He’s strong and powerful, but he’s got no footwork. (He’s got) hardly any resilience and he’s a bit gutless when it comes down to getting clipped. “I think I’ll knock him out around two or three rounds.“The first time I connect on him his legs will do a dance. I’ll just jump on him like that fat kid (Andy Ruiz Jr.) did before. Easy, not a bother.”As confident as ever, Fury even picked out the finishing punch, by concluding: “I’ll tell you what shot it’s gonna be as well, should I?“It’s gonna be a left hook to the temple. You’re gonna see him do a Bambi dance all over the ring.”As things stand, AJ is yet to fully follow through with previous promises to face Fury in the next 12 months. A lot of talking has played out in the media.Fury and Joshua have tried to find a solution due to both having mandatories.Kubrat Pulev is lined up for Joshua, whilst Fury has to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time.Up to now, it’s a stalemate, which Fury attributes to Hearn and Joshua.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight The summer of 2021 would be the perfect time for Fury vs Joshua to finally take place on UK soil.Tags: Anthony JoshuaBOXINGTyson Furylast_img read more