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Florida Creates Framework for Self-Driving Vehicles

In an effort to put Florida in the forefront of the growing autonomous vehicle technology, on June 13, 2019 Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 311, which seeks to establish a statutory framework in hopes of accelerating the development and operation of self-driving vehicles. Governor DeSantis proclaimed that “[s]igning this legislation paves the way for Florida…

Florida Supreme Court to Address Insurer Right to Sue Defense Counsel

Earlier this year, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida (Fourth DCA) concluded in Arch Insurance Company v. Kubicki Draper, LLP, that an insurance company that hires a lawyer to defend one of their insureds has no standing to bring a malpractice claim against the lawyer who is hired to represent the insured.  Following…

Drone Usage Grows as UPS Gets Expanded FAA Approval

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded UPS a full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline on Friday, September 27, according to a news release issued by the delivery company. A spokesperson for “UPS Flight Forward,” the UPS drone subsidiary, explained that the certificate allows it to expand its delivery service in large…

Can Solar Energy Foes Block the Sun?

In a popular Simpsons episode, the diabolical Mr. Burns builds a giant disc to eclipse the sun and force residents into around-the-clock reliance on electricity from his power plant. A parody plan in South Park is withdrawn after Professor Chaos (Butters) is told that his scheme was already hatched in Springfield. It’s a pitch-perfect cartoon…

Florida Will Not Allow Insurance Holders to be Indemnified for “Ill-Gotten Gains”

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida’s decision against allowing insurance holders to be indemnified for “ill-gotten gains.” Sabal Insurance Group provided workers’ compensation and general liability insurance to Quality Aircraft Services (QAS), paid for by Miami-Dade Aviation Department…

Another 1.2 Million Workers to be Eligible for Overtime Pay Under New Dept. of Labor Rules

After five years of debate and litigation, the United States Department of Labor has finally announced its new overtime rules, and an estimated 1.2-million workers are expected to become eligible for overtime pay who do not qualify under present rules. The new overtime exemption rule published on September 24 sets a new annual salary threshold…

Cyberinsurance Policy Considerations

The concept of purchasing cyberinsurance to insure against cyber threats seems fairly simple at first glance. Many companies fear the financial costs and reputational harm that often results from a cyber security breach and seek to mitigate these risks through insurance. However, the actual usage of cyber insurance tends to raise a lot of questions,…

New Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law Issued by EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published online the newest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is now available on the EEOC’s website at https://www.eeoc.gov/federal/digest/vol_2fy19.cfm. The issue is dated Fiscal Year 2019, Volume 2, April 2019. “It is important for our stakeholders to know what…

Pay Disclosure Data Must be Filed with EEOC in September

Florida employers with more than 100 employees are required to file pay data for 2017 and 2018 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by September 30, 2019. Technically known as “EEO-1 Component 2” data, it is now required nationally for qualifying EEO-1 filers. The EEO-1 report is a compliance survey mandated by federal statute…

New U.S. General Aviation Rules Proposed

The ‘‘PLANE Act of 2019,’’ short for “Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019’’ (S.2198), was introduced in the U.S. Senate on July 22 by U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Angus King (I-Maine). Actions within the general aviation industry promoted as part of the PLANE Act include the following: Enhance legal…

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