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Construction Law: More Lawsuits Filed Over Miami Bridge Collapse

It has been a little more than a month since a bridge collapsed over a busy Southwest Eighth Street in a Miami suburb, killing six people and injuring others. There continues to be many questions about the cause of the incident on March 15, 2018 near the Sweetwater campus of Florida International University. The $14.2...
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Citizens Hit with $12.7 Million Verdict, and Its President Can’t Handle the Sunshine

  March 19, 2018 Re: Response to Barry Gilway’s March 16, 2018 Letter to the Editor Barry Gilway, president/CEO and executive director, of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. (“Citizens”), recently responded to an article published in the Tampa Bay Times concerning the trial between Cloverplace Condominiums Association (“Cloverplace”) and Citizens in which a jury – after...
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Florida Law Recap: Insurance, Driving & Sexual Harassment

Insurance:  Florida’s auto insurance repeal-and-replace bill is DOA and prospects look slim for reviving Sen. Tom Lee’s (R- Thonotosassa) bid to repeal Florida’s $10,000 Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage requirement and replace it with a requirement that motorists buy liability and medical payments coverage. A Senate panel recently voted 6-1 not to advance the bill....
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Corless Barfield Trial Group Wins $12.7 Million Verdict Against Citizens Property Insurance

Built in the 1980s, Cloverplace is a duplex community just off U.S. 19 in Pinellas County. The 120 buildings (240 units) are home to about 500 people, many of them retirees and young families.  In 2007, residents of the Cloverplace Condos began to notice unmistakable signs of sinkhole activity. Walls were cracking, stucco was peeling...
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Is It the End of Florida’s No-Fault Auto Insurance System?

Did you know that Florida drivers pay some of the highest insurance rates in the nation for the least amount of coverage? Florida drivers paid the fifth-highest average auto insurance bill in the United States in 2015. Moreover personal injury protection (PIP) premiums increased 25 percent in 2015 and 2016. Today, Florida is one of...
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San Francisco Sinking?

No San Francisco treat here. A sinkhole may be lurking at the Millennium Tower, an expensive, posh fifty-eight-story apartment building in San Francisco, California. The excitement, buzz, and property values since it’s opening in 2009 are sinking along with the building’s foundation. Engineers have estimated the building will continue to sink at a rate of about...
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Resolutions for 2018: A Revolutionary Year for Corless Barfield Trial Group

The end of the year always brings a time of reflection, resolutions, and predictions. At Corless Barfield Trial Group, it is a time to work on processes and products that may better our law firm and our clients. When everyone is making resolutions to lose weight, get organized, spend more time with family and friends,...
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