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Homeowner’s Insurance - Am I Covered?
As another Florida Hurricane season comes to a close and we approach the end of the year, it is a good time to take stock of your insurance policies and any deficiencies that may be present. After a loss has occurred, it is too late to adjust coverage. Therefore, it is important to be proactive regarding your knowledge of the value of your home and its contents to better understand if unexpected losses...

Emotional Support Alligator v. Service Dog: What’s the difference and why does it matter?
Have you seen the video of Wally the alligator basking in his fifteen minutes of viral fame and visiting seniors at a Pennsylvania assisted living center? According to his owner, the five-foot long reptile from Central Florida has the run of the house which includes a living room pond he share with Scrappy, another rescue gator named Scrappy...

Lifting the Veil of Silence: Legal Options for the Victims of Sexual Assault
It has been estimated over 40% of women in Florida and over 20% of men have been victimized by sexual violence other than rape.1 These statistics are astonishing to say the least. Historically, victims of sexual violence were silenced because of the lack of understanding surrounding these issues and the stigma associated with their victimization. Our culture did not support the open discourse that we see today.

The Ins and Outs of Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence cases in Schools
With sexual harassment and sexual violence matters dominating much of the headlines of late, one important area of concern has not been given the attention which it deserves. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities...

Losses Due To Bad Advice From Your Broker? I’ll See You In Court! (Well, Arbitration…)
t the time this article was authored, the Nasdaq closed at record highs that haven’t been seen since the Dotcom Bubble in 1999. Wall Street doesn’t seem to be bothered by the onslaught of breaking news from Washington – or, more likely, the market is trending upward due to the anticipation of “shifts in fiscal policy that will stimulate growth and perhaps raise earnings”...

Animal Law: The Legal Community Is Slowly Recognizing Our Furry Friends Are Family
Our furry friends are part of our families, are they not? Of course they are, but the law doesn’t truly treat them as such. The law, in fact, is fairly antiquated, and in most circumstances a companion pet will be considered “personal property” or a “chattel” with its value being only what you paid for the animal....

Friend or Foe?: The Double Life of a Fitness Tracking Device!
Fitness trackers are really very simple: they count steps; measure sleep; analyze your diet and tabulate metrics such as heart rate, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature, perspiration, body weight and body mass. The aggregate of all this information provides astounding information about one’s overall health and daily habits.

Police Brutality
The militarization of America is much more than a mere sentiment at this point. Between the Baltimore Riots, Ferguson and everything in between, U.S. citizens are convinced we are becoming a police state. The obvious cause for concern is police brutality is race-related, and while this is readily apparent, perhaps there is a less conspicuous undercurrent of gender-related aggression. One should wonder, would there be less violence if we had more women police officers?

Have You Been Defamed On Social Media?
While the Communications Decency Act (CDA) gives broad immunity to owners of websites regarding defamatory statements posted on their sites by others, a growing number of awards have been made to businesses and individuals who say they were defamed online. If you or your business have been subjected to false accusations, you may be able to sue to have the false statements removed and recover monetary damages from the poster, or the website where they appeared.

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