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Publications

7/25/2016
On October 1, 2016, a State-passed bill amending the definition of a “trade secret” to expressly include “financial information” will take effect. This seemingly small change could have substantial impacts on any businesses handling and/or disclosing financial information.
6/2/2016
After months of advancing the need for change, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation scored a big win recently that just might be an effective way to avoid increasing the backlog of litigation that’s been brimming with fraudulent third-party claims for “emergency repair” services. The problem stems from Assignment of Benefits (AOB) lawsuits, which have proliferated to the point where they have caused insurance rates to surge.
5/9/2016
As the familiar phrase goes, “what you see isn’t always what you get.” For Florida voters, that may very well be the case this November, as two competing groups work to persuade voters to either cement—or modify—current solar energy policy in Florida.
2/1/2016
The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce announced new amendments to Cuban policy to "further implement the new direction toward Cuba" announced by President Obama in December 2014. The changes that took effect January 27, 2016, follow sweeping regulatory adjustments issued in September 2015, and impact businesses in the financial, agriculture, cargo, transportation, and travel industries.
1/7/2016
Concerns over state courts allowing class actions to proceed, the impact on the U.S. economy, and the undue pressure on companies to settle for significant sums spurred Congress to pass the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, expressing these same concerns over class actions in federal courts, have now drafted legislation to prohibit federal courts from certifying class actions when the class is composed of individuals who have de minimis or nonexistent damages or injuries.
9/28/2015
Although Congress has remained cautious of taking any action to ease the American-imposed embargo on the majority of business interactions with Cuba, President Obama’s administration continues to push forward with the implementation of additional revisions to ease sanctions and potentially secure economic opportunities for both countries.
1/13/2015
"Legislature Should Consider Repeal of Personnel Board Structure" - Alabama Political Reporter, co-author: Adams and Reese attorney Mark Gaines, January 13, 2015
12/15/2014
"Mid-Term Election Update: Physicians on Capitol Hill" - The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, author: Mark Norris, Winter 2015
5/15/2014
Last week, the House of Representatives passed, in a 360-45 vote, legislation that would reauthorize charter schools. The measure, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter School Act (HR10), would authorize $300 million per year for fiscal years 2015 through 2020.
4/14/2014
The House Health & Human Services Committee passed House Bill 7113 by Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) after adopting a strike all amendment that includes provisions on health care topics previously addressed in separate bills.
9/11/2013
"Affordable Care Act Effective Date Postponed" - Medical Society Quarterly, Fall 2013, author: Adams and Reese Partner Katie Gilchrist
08/12/2013
"The Good, Bad and Ugly of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session" - Published in "Around The Bar" - Baton Rouge Bar Association Newsletter, September 2013 issue, author: Adams and Reese attorney Kevin Hayes.
7/24/2013
P3s are contractual agreements formed between a Florida public agency and a private sector entity. The law creates a process for greater private sector participation in the delivery and financing of public building and infrastructure projects. P3 agreements will provide for shared skills, assets, resources, risks, and rewards by both private and public sectors for the delivery of a service or to create a facility for public use. "The signing of this legislation further ensures that Florida is a pro-business state, and that we will not stop until every Florida family has the opportunity to live their version of the American dream," said Florida Governor Rick Scott.
6/19/2013
The Florida Supreme Court held that municipalities lack the authority to enact local ordinances which establish superpriority status for their code enforcement liens. In the last decade, numerous Florida municipalities enacted local ordinances which held their code enforcement liens had the same priority as ad valorem taxes, a status referred to as “superpriority.”
6/1/2013
"Constitutionality of Reform Upheld" - Medical Society Quarterly, Summer 2013, author: Mark Norris.
3/5/2013
Sequestration is the automatic reduction of federal spending triggered when Congress approved spending levels that exceed certain “caps” set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Sequestration was established to be so painful as to provide a strong incentive for Congress to pass more sensible and targeted deficit reduction legislation.  However, the gridlock in Washington prevailed and sequestration is scheduled to commence on March 1, 2013.