FLORIDA LAW UPDATE – Door Open to Sports Betting in Florida

On May 14, 2018, in a ruling that could have consequences for sports betting in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, struck down a federal law that banned certain sports betting, opening the door to Florida gamblers to bet on additional sports if the Florida Legislature allows it under Florida law. Florida currently allows what is called parimutuel betting on horse and dog racing and jai alai. In the case brought by the state of New Jersey, the Supreme Court found that a 1992 law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibits … Read More

FLORIDA LAW UPDATE – Expert Witness Standards

On March 6, 2018, the Florida Supreme Court heard argument in the case of DeLisle v. Crane Co., et al., No. SC16-2182 on the issue of what standard to use for admission of expert testimony in Florida state courts. Florida attorneys and judges have been uncertain whether Frye (longtime traditional Florida standard) or Daubert (federal court standard and Florida legislative standard) will be the governing standard for admission of expert testimony going forward. Some attorneys and judges dispute whether there is really a significant difference between the standards. Both seek to keep “junk science” out of the courtroom. In DeLisle, … Read More