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MSZL&M is serious about our clients’ data security. Cyber theft is on the rise, and law firms, with minimal cybersecurity defenses and a treasure-trove of sensitive and confidential data, are the latest targets. While the majority of high-profile data breaches have targeted financial institutions, retail establishments, and medical providers, breaches and security concerns have recently increased for law firms. Sensitive and Confidential Information Law […]
Recent Change to New York’s to CPLR 3212(b) As you may be aware, New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR) Section 3212 governs motions for summary judgment.  CPLR 3212(b) was amended, effective December 11, 2015, to allow the lower court, in support or opposition to a summary judgment motion, to consider an expert affidavit whether or not such expert has been previously disclosed. […]
On April 28, 2016, in a 5-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the mandatory fee schedule for attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation cases outlined in Florida Statute § 440.34 (2009) as unconstitutional at both the state and federal levels. The ruling came after the court addressed the issue presented in the case of Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Company, et al., SC13-2082, where […]
Arbitration agreements between medical providers and their patients must include both the pros and the cons of the arbitration provisions under the Chapter 766, Florida’s Medical Malpractice Act. DiLorenzo and DiLorenzo v. Lam and Family Foot and Leg Center, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D286a (Fla. 2d DCA February 1, 2017). In DiLorenzo, the parties entered into an agreement, which included an arbitration clause. However, the defendants cherry-picked only […]
We “suspend your license to practice law with no possibility of reinstatement for thirty days from the filing of this opinion.”  This is a statement no practicing attorney wants to read or hear.   You may not believe it, but this harsh sanction actually arose as a result of an attorney failing to negotiate a Medicare subrogation lien.  Most, if not all, practicing personal injury […]
This discreet issue was recently ruled upon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Goldenstein v. Repossessors Inc., 815 F.3d 142 (3d Cir. 2016). By way of background, Mr. Goldenstein obtained a $1,000 loan from Sovereign Lending Solutions, LLC.  The terms of the loan required Goldenstein to place his car for collateral and agree to a 250% interest rate on the […]