Florida

Florida /ˈflɒrɪdə/ is a state in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd most extensive, the 4th most populous, and the 8th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state capital is Tallahassee, the largest city is Jacksonville, and the largest metropolitan area is the Miami metropolitan area.Much of Florida is a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. Its geography is notable for a coastline, omnipresent water and the threat of hurricanes.
Posts about Florida
  • Wells Fargo Hits a New Low (Bank Whistleblower Post)

    … with the U.S. Department of Justice that Wachovia Bank (Wells Fargo acquired Wachovia) failed to report suspected money laundering by drug traffickers that used the bank. The government says the laundered money was used to purchase 4 planes that would later ship 22 tons of cocaine. August 2010 A New York federal judge fines the bank for overdraft practices…

    Due Diligence- 36 readers -
  • MahanyLaw Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Molina Healthcare

    … the neediest and poorest populations. The law gave a two year pay bump for these public service minded doctors. Instead of paying them at the very low Medicaid rates (called Medi-Cal in California), the law allows doctors to be paid at the higher Medicare rates. Congress did this to insure doctors would continue to serve low income patients. Hispanic Lives…

    Due Diligence- 28 readers -
  • Kaiser Health News

    … were to pay doctors higher rates for some types of care for patients enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. The enhanced payments program ended in 2014. Figueroa qualified for enhanced payments for services provided in 2013 and 2014, according to his attorney Mahany. The health plan paid Figueroa part of what was owed him but still…

    Due Diligence- 25 readers -
  • Legal Ethics – Atlanta, Georgia – December

    … to satisfy their yearly continuing legal education (CLE) requirement. Florida’s added this language to their Rule 4-1.1. Other states have taken a vaguer tack. Arizona was relatively ahead of the other states when, in 2009, it declared: “as a matter of legal competence under Rule 1.1, a lawyer must have competence in the skills reasonably necessary…

    Erin H. Gerstenzang- 24 readers -
  • Marijuana DUI | Florida Law

    … request a breath or urine test to determine the presence of alcohol or a controlled substance when an individual has been arrested for driving under the influence. However, a police officer is not able to request a blood test in every instance. Florida law restricts a police officer’s ability to obtain a blood sample for testing in the vast majority…

    Michael Dye/ Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney- 23 readers -
  • Tesla Autopilot Fatality Rate

    … with a semi-truck on the highway. Tesla has stated that the Autopilot system did not differentiate between the white side of the truck’s trailer and the bright sky, which led the Model S to drive under the trailer. Brown is the first known fatality in a self-driving vehicle. Tesla informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 22 readers -
  • Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

    … in Florida) showed that the state of Texas received a failing grade on nursing home care, and was the only state that received failing grades in six out of eight statistical measurements. Better Care’s report also showed Texas had the lowest percentage of nursing homes that showed above-average ratings in direct-care staffing. In 2011…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 22 readers -
  • Who Wants a Free House? Applying Res Judicata to Foreclosure Cases

    … As the backlog of judicial foreclosure cases grew substantially in recent years in states such as New York, New Jersey, and Florida, many homeowners found their cases dragging on for years or even ignored altogether by their mortgage lenders. As the statute of limitations began to run on foreclosure actions, some homeowners found themselves…

    Ronald D. Weiss, PC- 20 readers -
  • Florida Eye Clinic Accused of Medicare Fraud

    … that all of them knew of the ongoing Medicare fraud schemes at the clinic yet took no action. Government Declines Case, Allows Whistleblowers to Prosecute The two whistleblowers filed their case in September 2015. In December of this year, the government declined prosecution. Under the False Claims Act, the government can take over the case, rely…

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  • Medicaid Fraud Leads to Prison for Assisted Living Owner

    … A 68-year-old Coral Gables, Florida woman is headed to prison for 33 months after being convicted in a shocking Medicaid fraud scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven sentenced Ilfrenise Charlemagne to prison after her guilty plea to a federal wire fraud charge. The plea was part of an agreement in which Charlemagne avoided trial…

    Due Diligence- 19 readers -
  • Jail for Fla. Lighting Contractor in Kickback Scheme

    … in on the scam. Whistleblower Awards for Public Contract Frauds Public officials, vendors or others with knowledge of fraud involving public contracts are eligible for whistleblower awards. The typical award is between 15% and 30% of whatever the government collects. Whether it be contractors overbilling their services, billing for goods or services…

    Due Diligence- 18 readers -
  • INTERIOR DESIGNER LICENSURE

    … An interior designer that provides residential interior design services does NOT need to be registered or licensed with the state. On this point, Florida Statute s. 481.229(6)(a) specifies: (6) This part shall not apply to: (a) A person who performs interior design services or interior decorator services for any residential application…

    Florida Construction Legal Updates- 18 readers -
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