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Suing Lyft and Uber: Are There Any Viable Causes of Action Left?

This past session, the Florida Legislature passed, and the Governor promptly signed into law, House Bill 221. This bill constitutes a statewide overhaul of the laws governing transportation network companies (“TNCs”) like Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, the legislation has horrible ramifications for consumers who are injured by a TNC driver, as it effectively eliminates certain legal theories. Thankfully, there are still viable avenues to recovery under the right facts and with enough ingenuity and persistence.

This Article will summarize the current law of the land with respect to suing TNCs after the enactment of HB 221, including a specific discussion of the causes of action which remain available for injured Floridians. (more…)

GM Pushing Radical Robot Car Bill Through Florida Legislature

Florida is already out on the safety ledge with respect to self-driving car laws, and a new bill being advanced by General Motors will push us even further over the brink. Last year, Florida became the first state in the nation to make it legal for a self-driving car to operate without a human being […]

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The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

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Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, […]

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California Lawyer Teams with Senators to Pass Defective Rental Car Legislation

When renting a car, you might think it’s safe to assume that the rental car company wouldn’t provide you with a vehicle that is known to be defective without having taken the necessary steps to remedy the defect. Unfortunately, that assumption might be incorrect as legislation preventing rental car companies from leasing an unrepaired vehicle subject to a recall is still in the works.

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Did Representative Passidomo Get Duped?

An interesting exchange occurred during last week’s hearing of the House Subcommittee for Civil Justice’s debate on HB 427, a bill to protect insurance companies from bad faith claims.

After the bill sponsor and all the other speakers for and against had delivered their pitch, the last presenter of the meeting, from the Taxpayers Against Insurance Bad Faith, announced, “I have figured it out.”  The problem, he suggested, was that Representative Kathleen Passidomo distinctly misunderstood the effect of her own bill.

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