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Attorneys defend Florida Supreme Court decision on workers’ comp rate increase

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Trial attorneys mounted an ardent defense Tuesday of Florida Supreme Court rulings blamed by business interests for threatening an increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums of nearly 20 percent. Mark Touby, a Coral Gables attorney who helped persuade the justices to eliminate a limit on attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases, insisted during a public hearing that claimants wouldn’t need to hire lawyers if insurance companies played fair. “The carriers are the ones making these decisions. They wrongfully denied benefits…

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Morgan & Morgan chimes in on worker’s comp rulings

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The Morgan & Morgan law firm’s blog has opined on the state Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the state’s worker’s compensation law, calling it a “victory” for workers. An unsigned post appeared Monday; it was tweeted Tuesday. The firm, led by famed Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, has a bustling practice in worker’s comp applications and appeals. States mandate worker’s comp systems to pay workers who get hurt on the job. Last month, the Castellanos v. Next Door Company opinion struck down the law’s caps on legal fees as unconstitutional.…

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Workers’ compensation system eagerly awaits key Supreme Court ruling

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Another Thursday has gone by and we continue to wait with bated breath on whether or not the Florida Supreme Court will rule whether the state’s workers’ compensation system is unconstitutional. Two high-profile workers’ compensation cases still sit on the desk of the Court – (1) Castellanos v. Next Door Company and (2) Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg – both of which could have a negative impact on the state’s workers’ compensation system. Putting the nitty gritty of each case aside for a…

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