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Florida Marijuana Proposed Rule 64.4 is Valid

.                 In the case of Baywood Nurseries Co., Inc. v. Florida Department of Health, Judge W. David Watkins rendered a massive 68-page Final Order finding that Baywood had standing but failed to meet its burden of proof. As stated in the Final …

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E-discovery

Ten Steps to Facebook Discovery

      This article, from the Spring 2015 Trial Advocate Quarterly, discusses four (4) reported trial orders  and (3) appellate decisions on social media discovery from Florida. While the orders and opinions are not exactly harmonized, they can be interpreted in a way that counsel for parties seeking social media …

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Uncategorized

Adnan Syed of “Serial” Fame Is One Step Closer to a Re-Trial

If you are like at least 39 million other people, you may have tuned into a podcast phenomenon called Serial which tracks back to the murder of a high school student in the late 1990s. Comprising 12 episodes, which is fewer than a season of Newsroom, the show was such …

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Data Breach

Recent Government Guidelines on Data Breach / Cyber Security

Various federal agencies have been busy this Winter-Spring 2015 issuing various guidelines regarding data breach and cyber security: DOJ Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents (April 2015) – drafted “with smaller, less well-resourced organizations in mind…” Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (April 2015) …

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JFK

National Archives: October 2017 Release of Last of JFK Assassination Records

In April 2015, the US National Archives explained at their NDCPrioritization: What Secrets Do People Want to See? conference how the release of the remaining JFK records will be accomplished. By way of background — that “background” being a cry primarily from FOIA fans and conspiracy types to free the …

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Ethics

Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Re Internet Scams

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York has issued Opinion 2015-3 regarding, “Lawyers Who Fall Victim to Internet Scams.” The Opinion addresses the following: – If you get an email solicitation that appears to be fake, “the best approach is to ignore such solicitations altogether.”  A …

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law & order

Was There a Numbers Station in Palm Beach?

        Was There a Numbers Station in Palm Beach County? [PDF of June 2015 Palm Beach Bar article is here] In the past two years, we have been increasingly exposed to the “cool” side of math: cryptography and encryption.  Algorithms were not something you likely learned in …

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Uncategorized

PDFZilla for Lawyers

I have written a few articles on iPhone/iPad apps for business people, lawyers, and mediators but it has been a while since I’ve recommended PC software (“Clean Your PC in 30 Minutes” from 2011). PDFZilla is worthy of a review and recommendation.  There’s a free trial version — and there’s …

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Defamation

Florida Second DCA: ShesAHomewrecker.com Case

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal recently ruled in Melissa Leach v. Tara Michelle Kersey that, under case-specific facts, sending messages, Facebook friending, and posting about another person on She’s A HomeWrecker.com were not “cyberstalking” under Florida Statute 784.0485. Under the cyberstalking statute, there must be at least two incidents …

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Virtual Currency

Christopher Hopkins Discusses “Bitcoin Litigation” at Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair

Thanks to the Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair for inviting me to speak about Bitcoin Litigation this Saturday. We discussed five pending bitcoin-related lawsuits including suits involving (1) mining hardware sellers, (2) mining companies, (3) exchanges, and (4) a suit over ownership of coins. More importantly, we discussed ways to avoid litigation AND …

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iOS

Add the (hidden) Star Trek Vulcan Emoji to Your iPhone/iPad

A week ago, CNET reported that a Vulcan emoji may be officially added to the iPhone. Over the weekend, however, CNET confirmed its release. Watch this video for the steps: Or follow these written instructions. Note, you must upgrade to iOS 8.3 to view or use this. 1.  On your …

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Uncategorized

Understanding the Fight Over .Sucks Domains

You may be aware that a new global top level domain (gTLD) called .sucks will be available.  Like .COM or .ORG, companies and individuals will be able to register sites ending with .SUCKS. The distribution of theses .SUCKS domain is controlled by Vox Populi Registry, Inc., which won the rights …

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Data Breach

Storm v Paytime — Data Breach Case

According to Judge John E. Jones, III, “[t]here are only two types of companies left in the United States… ‘those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.’” Citing the now infamous USAToday article statistic that 43% of companies have experienced a data breach, the US …

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Marijuana

Christopher Hopkins Appears As Counsel for Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida, LLC

We previously posted regarding the three petitions challenging the Florida Department of Health’s Rule 64-4 (here). Christopher Hopkins filed his notice of appearance as counsel (here) for the Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida (MCTAF) in its rule challenge matter. MCTAF’s petition is here.  See the News Service of Florida story (here). …

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Virtual Currency

Christopher Hopkins to Speak at Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair

Christopher Hopkins will be speaking about “Bitcoin Litigation” from 1-2 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair.   In addition to his role as a digital currency advocate and one of the first lawyers in the bitcoin space, Mr. Hopkins is lead counsel in virtual currency …

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