For attorneys previously reluctant to dive into the world of online social media, the benefits of utilizing social networking as part of an effective marketing strategy are now undeniable. Navigating the social media world can be fraught with legal dangers and complex ethical issues unique to the legal profession, and often the rules regulating ethical compliance for attorneys are ambiguous at best.
For the second consecutive year, the Florida legislature is considering a bill that would change the standards for admission of expert witness testimony in Florida state courts. Slowly inching its way through the legislature, the bill suffered setbacks on March 8 when Senate amendments altered the language – and ostensibly the bite – of the original bill approved by the House in February.
At issue is whether Florida should adopt its own statutory version of Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and Daubert, and throw out the long-standing Frye standard currently employed in Florida state courts. If you’re waiting to see which direction Florida will ultimately go regarding the current Frye v. Daubert debate, don’t hold your breath. Opinions differ across the board, and the ultimate answer, if any, may be a little of both.
In the complex world of commercial litigation and damages calculation, even experts can make critical mistakes that put litigation at risk. In particular, experts sometimes use the wrong benchmarks to calculate damages, making assumptions that don’t stand up under legal scrutiny and causing their testimony to be excluded on Daubert challenge.