Christopher Hopkins will be speaking about “Bitcoin Litigation” from 1-2 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair. In addition to his role as a digital currency advocate and one of the first lawyers in the bitcoin space, Mr. Hopkins is lead counsel in virtual currency litigation in Florida and New… Read More
Confused by the various letters and lawsuits regarding Florida Department of Health’s Proposed Rule 64-4 in order to implement the “Charlotte’s Web” law, Florida Statute 381.986? Here is an overview of the developments over the last month and an overview of the three suits: As you likely know, the Florida Department of Health is currently… Read More
Thanks to the several hundred attendees who viewed the live Florida Bar webinar, Apps for Florida Lawyers! The Bar will provide 1.0 hour of CLE credit. Learn more than 50 iPhone and iPad apps as well as a lengthy discussion regarding how to use an iPad during a deposition, how to sign documents on an… Read More
Nine days after the Florida Department of Health’s Rule Hearing on proposed Rule 64-4.001-.009, the mother of a four year old girl has filed a Rule Challenge with the court. The Department had recently filed a Revised Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC). The Petition was filed March 11, 2015. In Dahlia Barnhart, by and through her… Read More
A former amusement park employee’s Facebook posts may prove wrong most federal courts or will clearly carve out a rare First Amendment exception. The case of U.S. v. Elonis focuses on whether statements, often phrased as rap music, could be a “true threat” which would make it a crime if a reasonable person were to… Read More
In a federal case which appears to be about an employee who claims to be injured on the job, the defendant sought the plaintiff’s Facebook content based upon a lead that the plaintiff had posted that he had been injured while fishing before going to work. So the defendant-employer asked for two weeks of the… Read More
In January 2015, the Florida Bar released its “Results of the 2014 Economics and Law Office Management Survey,” which you can find here. The Bar article covers the primary study results however there are far more interesting tech-specific data about lawyers and their use of technology. Some of the interesting, if not unusual, highlights about… Read More
Florida Office of Financial Regulation recently released a consumer publication, Fast Facts, which claimed that medical marijuana and virtual currency (bitcoins) were “emerging threats” in terms of investments. The pamphlet does not state the factual or anecdotal basis for those statements. The Fast Facts pamphlet is here. See page 9.
The North American Bitcoin Conference was held in Miami Beach this weekend and included a discussion of regulatory issues among attorneys Jacob Farber, Kathryn Haun, Christopher Hopkins, Andrew Ittleman, and Marco Santori as well as non-lawyers Perianne Boring and Australian Senator Sam Dastyari. One topic that was stressed was that government regulation is slow while… Read More
Drones were apparently the popular holiday gift last month — to the point that the FAA issued special guidance for new flyers. “Can Your Client Legally Fly a Drone?” is from the January 2015 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin and explains the trial ruling in the Pirker case and some of the basics about recreational and commercial… Read More
As reported on Coindesk, we have filed suit on behalf of two defrauded purchasers against the “Fibonacci” manufacturing and mining organization (see Coindesk.com, “Florida Group Faces Fraud Charges for Alleged Altcoin Pump and Dump,” December 17, 2014). You can read their excellent coverage here. A copy of the lawsuit is here. This is the… Read More
Lawyers (and other professionals) have ethical obligations to reasonably know about the technology they use — and ensure that communications are confidential and protected. This article from the December 2014 Palm Beach Bar Journal explains a dozen privacy settings for your iPhone or iPad which should increase your security.
Lawyers are ethically required to stay competent with emerging technology that impacts their practice. You need confidential communications. You need to know how to research. This article, How Jurors and Lawyers Use Social Media and Technology, discusses how the average juror is using the internet AND explains what your co-workers and colleagues are doing.… Read More