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Rep. Fitzenhagen disputes classification of Florida as judicial hellhole

Rep. Fitzenhagen disputes classification of Florida as judicial hellhole

- Florida Record
State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Fort Myers) of the 78th District disagrees with a recent publication of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) that ranked Florida as the second-worst judicial hellhole in the nation, a ranking believed to be strongly linked to frivolous lawsuits and an overall lack of tort reform.
“I do not consider Florida a judicial hell hole,” Fitzenhagen told the Florida Record. “Rather. I believe Florida is a bastion of sound legal...

Pressure cooker manufacturer settles for $26m over girl's injuries

Pressure cooker manufacturer settles for $26m over girl's injuries

- Florida Record
A company that manufacturers a popular brand of pressure cooker has agreed to pay $26 million to a young girl who suffered horrific injuries after the device's lid blew open.
Lifetime Brands, manufacturers of the Vasconia pressure cooker, settled the action taken in a Florida court on behalf of five-year-old Samantha Gonzalez, who suffered severe burns over most of her body, and later required amputation of her leg and fingers on both hands.
A Broward County Circuit Court approved...

Attorney offers reward over suspicions lawsuit manufactured by tort reform advocates

Attorney offers reward over suspicions lawsuit manufactured by tort reform advocates

- Florida Record
A Florida attorney is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can confirm his suspicion that a lawsuit against fast food giant McDonalds over cheese on its burgers is frivolous.
The federal lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, accuses the company, and its franchisees, of over charging for its quarter pounders served without cheese.
And one of the attorneys, who filed on behalf of two south Florida residents, claimed the overcharging may have impacted approximately 25...

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