Arbitration Mediation

Florida Courts Issue Three Arbitration-Related Opinions in November 2018

Florida cases involving disputes over the enforcement of arbitration most frequently arise out of auto sales or long term care facility contracts.  These three cases from late November 2018 fit the bill.  The topics are: waiver of the right to arbitration, parties to the agreement, and severance clauses.  Shamelessly, one …

Privacy

Don’t Let LinkedIn Follow You Around the Internet (and other privacy settings)

Have you checked your LinkedIn privacy settings? Don’t be fooled with a “I barely even used LinkedIn” attitude. Take 2 minutes. From the article below, here are the key steps: [easier if you have two screens, keep this open and then open your LinkedIn account on your second screen] 1. …

Clauses from Contracts

Can a Florida Contract Waive Liability for Special, Indirect, Punitive, and Consequential Damages?

According to a new case from the First District, yes.  But be careful relying too heavily on this case of first impression, which may go a little too far without enough authorities. While this is a construction case, these issues apply to ALL business contracts. The case is Keystone Airpark …

Ethics

Florida Supreme Court Allows Judges to be Facebook Friends With Lawyers But Four Justices Disagree With the Practice (“I write to strongly urge judges not to participate in Facebook”)

The Florida Supreme Court resolved a conflict between two intermediate appellate courts when it determined that a judge-lawyer “Facebook friend” relationship, alone, was not enough to warrant recusal of the judge.  The Court deemed its position was the majority position around the country.  However, four justices noted that caution, if …

Clauses from Contracts

Florida Court Approves Forum Selection Clause As Mandatory and Enforceable

It’s not often that banking cases are “fascinating,” but the facts underlying Pablo Antoniazzi v. Hamed Wardak certainly are interesting.  More importantly, the Third District provides some guidance to lawyers writing and seeking to enforce (or avoid) a mandatory forum selection clause. First let’s discuss the points of law in the …

E-discovery

Christopher Hopkins Discusses Social Media Discovery in 2018 at Palm Beach Bar Association

Special thanks to the Palm Beach Bar Association for inviting me to speak at the CLE, “How to Get Your Claim Move-In Ready for Trial.” Space is still available and you can sign up here. My small portion of the event was to discuss Florida social media discovery as well …

Data Breach

Florida Court Finds Data Breach Not Covered by Travelers / St. Paul CGL Insurance Policy

A federal court in Florida has ruled that the “personal injury” provisions of a Travelers / St. Paul commercial general liability (CGL) policy does not cover a data breach caused by third party hackers.  The court left unresolved the question whether the “property damage” or the costs of compliance with …

Arbitration Mediation

Lessons from Google AdWords Arbitration Clause: Novation, Retroactive Application, Scope

Google’s arbitration and class action waiver provisions in their AdWords agreement provides some lessons for lawyers who draft contracts, particularly ones accepted online and updated via notice, as well as lawyers who litigate over enforcement of arbitration.  The recent case of Mark Trudeau and Troy Martial Arts, Inc. v. Google …

Data Breach

Christopher Hopkins Speaks to ASIS International (Broward / Fort Lauderdale) Regarding Anatomy of a Data Breach Lawsuit

Special thanks to ASIS International (Broward County, Florida chapter) for inviting me to speak to them about data breach and cyber security litigation. You can review my powerpoint, here, which explains data breaches in general and then discusses how claims / litigation arises.  Most importantly, we discussed how companies can …

Data Breach

Want to Try Anonymity on the Internet or the Dark Web? New Tor Browser 8 is here… and free

The Tor browser, which helps anonymize your internetting, has been updated to version 8.  It’s free and worth having on your desktop. First, these steps simple install a secondary browser on your computer.  No spyware.  It’s not illegal.  It’s just a simple browser. Download it here.  It will ask you …

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 …

E-discovery

NBI CLE: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, and Smartphone Evidence (Florida)

Special thanks to National Business Institute (NBI) for hosting this 2-day CLE seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can find the seminar information (and download the audio) here. My topics included: Apps and Emerging Technology You Must Know Preserving Electronic Evidence and Avoiding Spoliation Social Media Cases Metadata Made Simple …

Arbitration Mediation

Florida Dispute Resolution Conference 2018: Christopher Hopkins Discusses ESI/E-Discovery for Mediators AND Cyber Security and Data Breach for Mediators

Thanks to the Florida Dispute Resolution Conference for inviting me to speak at the 2018 conference. Topics covered: 25 ESI and E-Discovery Terms for Mediators in 75 minutes and Cybersecurity and Data Breach for Mediators. You can download the presentations here and here. If you would like CME points, you …

1st Amendment

3D Gun Printing: Bad Idea the First Amendment Likely Will Permit

I read with interest Thomas Julin‘s article, “Weaponized First Amendment Does Not Protect Blueprints for Weapons” in the Daily Business Review. The link is here. Tom sets out the current status of the debate, cites an authority, and concludes that the First Amendment “will not protect publication of information for …

Privacy

Reddit Automatically Opts You In to Ads & Tracking — Here’s the Privacy Setting Changes to Make Now

While Reddit users tend to be savvy internetters, few of you have likely bothered to check Reddit’s privacy / personalization settings. You need to. Log into Reddit on your PC/Mac, click your user name in the upper right, and select user settings. Note: you cannot make these changes from the …