2012 Small Claims Court Clinic

Slightly off topic from Internet/legal issues, the Palm Beach Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Library, as part of the 2012 Law Week, hosted the 2012 Small Claims Court Clinic this week to assist the community by providing the in’s and out’s of court claims under $5000.  If you missed the presentation, or if you need some of the information discussed, the powerpoint is here.

Causes of Action
Can You Sue the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach?

According to a recent appellate court opinion, a person can sue the South Florida Fair for personal injuries, but only up to the sovereign immunity limit. In South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. v. Widley Joseph, the appellant (Joseph) was seriously injured at the fair and sued …

Social Media
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New Rules for Juror Internet Use in Florida Criminal Cases

The Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion last Thursday approving new standard jury instruction 1.001 (Introduction) which, according to the Comment, deals with jurors’ “communication with other and outside research.” If there is any question as to the serious nature of juror internet use — either tweeting/Facebooking about service or …

Evidence
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Nevada Supreme Court Explains Admissibility Standards for IM / Text Messages

The criminal case of Kevin Rodriguez v. State of Nevada is one of three recent cases nationwide which discusses the admissibility of text messages in trial. In Rodriguez, a victim was attacked, robbed, and her cell phone was taken.  Thereafter, twelve text messages were sent from the victim’s phone.  The …