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Ford Recalls Over Faulty Door Latches, Doors Opening While Driving, And Brake Issues

By Douglas & Carter |

In June, Ford recalled more than 2.5 million of its vehicles due to a serious defect involving the doors opening while the car is being driven. The recall covers the following models, ranging from 2011 to 2016: C-Max cars Escape SUVs Focus Ford Fiesta Fusion Lincoln MKZ sedans & MKC SUVs Mustang cars Transit… Read More »

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Florida Once Again Comes in as Highest in Country for Boating Accidents & Fatalities

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According to a report released in June by the United States Coast Guard, Florida ranks number one nationwide in recreational boating accidents and deaths on the water; a distinction it has earned since 2015. Specifically, according to the report, there were almost 700 accidents in Florida last year; 55 of which were fatal, resulting… Read More »

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Furloughs Turning into Layoffs in Florida: Know Your Rights as an Employee

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A number of employees who were once furloughed but who are now going to be permanently laid off, has hit news headlines around the country, including here in Florida, where the Trump National Doral Miami announced that 250 out of 560 workers that were furloughed in March – all of them nonunion workers, including… Read More »

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Hours of Service Rules Amended for Truck Drivers, Opening The Door to Longer Driving Without Breaks & More Truck Accidents

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In late May, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a final rule which relaxes the hours of service regulations for commercial motor vehicle (i.e. truck) drivers. These hours of service regulations were originally put in place because the fatigue experienced by truck drivers due to driving too many hours on… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Sides Makes It Easier for Federal Employees to Sue Over Age Discrimination

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In April, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in Babb v. Wilkie.  that is a major win for federal workers who are discriminated against by their employers Specifically, the Court held that, under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, federal workers have increased protections from age discrimination than those in… Read More »

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The Coronavirus Has Brought Up Serious Injury & Employment Law Questions: Are You in Harm’s Way?

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There is no question that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has very quickly changed all of our lives, including here in Florida, where, according to the latest updates, the confirmed cases are up to 15,698, with 323 deaths. As attorneys who work in both personal injury and labor and employment law in Jacksonville, Lake City, and… Read More »

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New Study Reveals That Alcohol Levels Below BAC Are Still Killing Too Many, Especially The Young

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A new study has turned much of what we know about car accidents caused by drunk driving on its head by revealing that approximately 15 percent of alcohol-related car crash deaths involve alcohol levels well below the legal 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. According to the study, 37 percent of approximately 600,000 auto… Read More »

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Hair Policies: An Increasing Source of Discrimination in The Workplace

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An increasingly important issue in labor and employment law, and employment discrimination claims specifically, involves hair policies that employers may have in place limiting certain types of hairstyles that employees can have. While some might maintain that they are in place for safety or professional reasons, courts and legislatures are finding more and more… Read More »

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Who Is Liable for Injuries & Deaths On Cruise Ships?

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There is no question that Florida’s cruise industry continues to grow: With more than 100 new cruise ships expected to be delivered within the next few years, capable of transporting thousands of passengers, a number of individuals and families will continue to take off from Florida’s ports, including not only Tampa and Miami, but… Read More »

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A Look at Aviation Accidents Like the One That Killed Kobe Bryant & Other Passengers

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The tragedy involving basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, the pilot and six other passengers, all of whom passed in a helicopter crash in late January, highlights just how dangerous flight rules (as well as weather conditions) can be when it comes to aviation accidents. Specifically, in addition to the role that fog… Read More »

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