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Favorable Defense Verdict

By Case Notes, Firm News, Florida Law, Tampa

Paul Chistolini & Kelly Charles-Collins, of Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett, obtained a favorable defense verdict on behalf of their client in Pinellas County on August 15, 2019, following a four day trial. The lawsuit was based on a clear liability motor vehicle accident in which both vehicles were a total loss, and from which Plaintiff was transported to the hospital via ambulance. Plaintiff related a two-level lumbar back fusion and more than $322,000 in medical bills to the accident, and…

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New Partner Announcement – Congratulations Jeffrey S. Glassman

By Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Firm News, Florida Law, General / Premises Liability, Labor & Employment, Product Liability, Tampa, Trucking, Auto & Motorcycle

Smoak Chistolini & Barnett is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Glassman as partner Jeffrey started his legal career in New York City in 2004, where he practiced for over a decade in the state and federal courts New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  In 2014, Jeffrey became a member of the Florida Bar, and in 2015 he joined Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett as a Senior Associate.  Professionally, Jeffrey’s practice has focused on insurance defense litigation, with concentrations in…

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Florida Raises Minimum Wage for 2018

By Firm News, Florida Law, Labor & Employment

By: Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire   Effective January 1, 2018, Florida’s new minimum wage is $8.25 per hour. Things you should know: Florida law requires that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity calculate a minimum wage rate every year. Minimum wage applies to all employees in Florida who are covered by the federal minimum wage laws. Employers must pay their employees minimum wage. Employers who employ “tipped employees” who are eligible for tip credit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”),…

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“Employers, did you know … Hillsborough County has a Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination and retaliation?”

By Firm News, Florida Law, Labor & Employment

By: Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire Florida employers are usually aware of the federal laws prohibiting discrimination and retaliation, such as Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Many are also aware of the state law, the Florida Civil Rights Act. But very few are aware that many counties and cities have their own human rights ordinances, which apply to employers with as few as five (5) employees. One such ordinance is the Hillsborough County…

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Case Note – A CHALLENGE TO THE DEFENSE OF “EXCLUSIVE REMEDY” FOR EMPLOYER LIABILITY

By Case Notes, Florida Law

By: William G. K. Smoak, Esq., Ryan Hoyle, Esq. and Ashleigh Price, Esq. In what currently amounts to an advisory opinion, The Honorable Jorge E. Cueto, trial judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, ruled that Fla. Stat. § 440.11 is unlawful, invalid and unconstitutional. As the Attorney General for the State of Florida noted, the Court’s ruling does what no other court in Florida has done – declare Florida’s worker’s compensation framework unconstitutional.[1] Given the potential implications of this decision…

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