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108.    Saunders, Jim, "Florida Supreme Court shields top corporate executives from depositions," Sun Sentinel, August 30, 2021.

134.    Sexton, Christine, “Florida Legislature: House, Senate differ on bills to protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits,” The Daytona Beach News-Journal, March 3, 2021.

167.    Saunders, Jim, "Florida Supreme Court revamps key legal standard," Tampa Bay Business Journal, January 4, 2021.

168.  Saunders, Jim, “Florida Supreme Court delivers the ‘Holy Grail of lawsuit reform’ in Thursday ruling,” The Miami Herald, December 31, 2020.  

169.  Saunders, Jim, “Supreme Court Revamps Key Legal Standard,” News Service of Florida, December 31, 2020. 

170.  Haughey, John, “Florida no longer a ‘judicial hellhole’ but tort reform still an urgency, group says,The Center Square, December 9, 2020. 

206.  Staff, “DeSantis taps Couriel, Francis for Supreme Court,” The Florida Times-Union, May 27, 2020.

225.  O'Connor, Amy, “Florida Legislative Preview 2020: Industry Calls On Lawmakers to Reform Lawsuit Abuse,” AutoBodyNews; January 21, 2020.

226.  Schorsch, Peter, "Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics," FlaPol, January 21, 2020.  

227.  Carroll, Michael, "More opportunities for personal injury suits seen in wake of Florida high court ruling," The Florida Record, January 20, 2020.

228.  O'Connor, Amy, “Florida Legislative Preview 2020: Industry Calls On Lawmakers to Reform Lawsuit Abuse,” Insurance Journal; January 16, 2020. 

229.  Staff, "Florida Reacts After Ron DeSantis Offers State of the State," Florida Daily, January 14, 2020.

236.  Seidman, Carrie, “A loophole in Florida’s Wrongful Death Act,” Herald-Tribune, October 13, 2019.  

242.  Kang, Y. Peter, “3 States Where Tort Reform Battles Are Heating Up,” Law 360, August 15, 2019. 

243.  Breslin, John, “Report details funding of climate change litigation through well-heeled foundations, non-profits,” The Florida Record, August 9, 2019.  

244.  Eisenburg, Adam, “Florida Supreme Court cites new law in declining to hear assignment of benefits case,” The Florida Record, August 5, 2019.  

245.  Kidd, Karen, “Citizens Property Insurance: AOB reform good for consumers, 'jury still out' on litigation portion,” The Florida Record, July 20, 2019.   

246.  Suayan, John, “AOB law in effect should lower insurance premiums in Sunshine State, reformer predicts,” The Florida Record, July 12, 2019.  

247.  Moline, Michael, “The changing judiciary: Gov. DeSantis appoints the people who’ll help him shape Florida’s courts,Florida Phoenix, July 2, 2019.

248.  Bradon, Carrie, “Legal group calls governor's leadership on benefits reform 'incredible',The Florida Record, June 20, 2019. 

249.  Bradon, Carrie, "Legal group says raising limit on civil suit damages 'goes beyond recommendation' from state court," The Florida Record, June 20, 2020. 

250.  O'Connor, Amy, “How Daubert Standard Could Impact Florida Industry, Judicial Climate,” Insurance Journal, June 5, 2019.  

251.  Sagalow, Zoe, “Florida enacts changes for attorney fees in assignment of benefits suits,CQ Roll Call, May 24, 2019. 

252.  Saunders, Jim, “What’s up with Florida’s new Supreme Court? This case helps explain.” Tampa Bay Times, May 24, 2019. 

253.  Kidd, Karen, “Florida Supreme Court today 'righted' wrong Daubert decision issued last fall, FJRI president says,” The Florida Record, May 23, 2019. 

254.  Saunders, Jim, “Florida Supreme Court reverses course on expert witnesses,” News4Jax, May 23, 2019. 

255.  Saunders, Jim, “Supreme Court Reverses Course On Expert Witnesses, News Service of Florida, May 23, 2019.   

256.  Glorioso, Alexandra, "Florida Supreme Court, reversing itself, tightens rules for expert testimony," PoliticoPro, May 23, 2019.

257.  O'Connor, Amy, “Florida Passes ‘Catch All’ Insurance Bill Impacting Surplus Lines, Catastrophe Fund,” The Insurance Journal, May 13, 2019. 

258.  Breslin, John, “Fort Lauderdale says it has no intention of filing suit against fossil fuel companies over climate change,” The Florida Record; May 6, 2019. 

259.  Glorioso, Alexandra, “Lee credits Sprowls for saving opioid bill,” Politico Pro, May 3, 2019.  

260.  Mower, Lawrence, "‘Privacy’ fears? Florida lawmakers use old argument against attorney general’s opioid bill," Tampa Bay Times, April 29, 2019.

261.  Kennedy, John, “Conservative hopes for new Florida Supreme Court fading in Senate,” Palm Beach Post; April 26, 2019.  

262.  Sagalow, Zoe, “Florida assignment of benefits changes pass legislature, await governor,CQ Roll Call, April 24, 2019.   

263.  Minnis, Glenn, “2019 shaping up to be difficult year for Florida workers' comp reform; 'Real opposition comes from trial lawyers',” The Florida Record;  April 23, 2019.   

264.  Glorioso, Alexandra, “Moody's opioid lawsuit imperiled as bill stalls in Senate,” Politico Pro, April 21, 2019.  

265.  Sagalow, Zoe, “Florida Senate committee approves changes for assignment of benefits suits,” CQ Roll Call, April 18, 2019.  

266.  Gancarski, A.G., “More civil lawsuits could be headed to county courts,” Fla Pol, April 16, 2019.  

267.  Staff, ‘County courts could see changes,” News4Jax; April 16, 2019.  

268.  Staff, "COUNTY COURTS COULD SEE CHANGES," News Service of Florida, April 16, 2019. 

269.  Sagalow, Zoe, “Florida House passes assignment of benefits bill limiting fee awards,” CQ Roll Call, April 16, 2019.  

270.  Kirkland, Jordan, “Two Bills Could Put Patient Privacy in Danger,Round Table Politics, April 9, 2019.  

271.  Garcia, Jason, “Florida's opioid legislation facing resistance from CVS and Walgreens,” Florida Trend, April 8, 2019.  

272.  Kidd, Karen, “Florida Realtors back AOB reform legislation as House bill appears headed for floor debate,” The Florida Record,  April 8, 2019. 

273.  Kidd, Karen, “ Tort reform group prefers Supreme Court-endorsed county court jurisdictional increase plan over House proposal,” The Florida Record, April 3, 2019.  

274.  Sagalow, Zoe, “Report: Four firms filed half of 2018 Florida assignment of benefits suits,” CQ Roll Call, April 1, 2019.  

275.  Schweers, Jeffrey, “Assignment of benefits lawsuits continues to rise for eighth straight year, report says,” Tallahassee Democrat, March 27, 2019.  

276.  Wilson, Drew, “AOB lawsuits outpacing population growth,” FlaPol, March 27, 2019.  

277.  Staff, “Report Details Continued Growth in AOBs ... Thanks to a Handful of Busy Attorneys,” Sunshine State News, March 27, 2019.  

278.  Schlein, Zach, “Bill Proposing $50,000 Jurisdictional Limit for County Courts Advances in Florida House,” Daily Business Review, March 22, 2019.  

279.  Glorioso, Alexandra, "House panel approves cap on pain and suffering damages," PoliticoPro, March 6, 2019.

280.  Bradon, Carrie, “Fla. court reform group: Engle rulings denying tobacco companies chance to defend against big judgments,” The Florida Record, March 5, 2019.  

281.  Blankenship, Gary, “Bill Raising County Court Civil Jurisdiction Advances in the Senate,” The Florida Bar News, February 13, 2019. 

282.  Minnis, Glenn, “Opportunities approach for reforming assignment-of-benefits insurance legislation,” The Florida Record, January 29, 2019.   

283.  Dunkelberger, Lloyd, “DeSantis tilts FL Supreme Court to the right with new justice picks,” Florida Phoenix, January 22, 2019.  

284.  Vasilinda, Mike, “DeSantis Picks Third Justice,” Capitol News Service, January 22, 2019.  

285.  Smith, Nancy, “Carlos Muñiz Named Florida's 89th Florida Supreme Court Justice,” Sunshine State News, January 22, 2019.  

286.  Glorioso, Alexandra, "Insurers cheer GOP assault on ‘judicial hellhole’," PoliticoPro, January 20, 2019.

287.  Sexton, Christine, “New justices could refuel workers' comp fight,News4Jax, January 17, 2019.  

288.  Sexton, Christine, “New justices could refuel workers' comp fight,” News Service of Florida, January 17, 2019.

289.  Little, Charmaine, “Governor names Luck to Florida Supreme Court,” The Florida Record, January 17, 2019.  

290.  Staff, “Ron DeSantis Names ‘Scalia-Like’ Robert Luck to Florida Supreme Court,Florida Daily, January 14, 2019. 

291.  Staff Reports, “Robert Luck’s Florida Supreme Court appointment garners reaction,” Florida Politics, January 14, 2019.  

292.  Staff, “What They Are Saying: Florida Leaders React to Governor Ron DeSantis’ Appointment of Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court,” Orlando Sentinel, January 10, 2019.  

293.  Bradon, Carrie, “Florida Justice Reform Institute backs Supreme Court school funding decision,” The Florida Record, January 10, 2019.  

294.  Smith, Nancy, “Judge Barbara Lagoa Is DeSantis' First Supreme Court Pick,Sunshine State News, January 9, 2019.  

295.  Derby, Kevin, “Conservatives Back Ron DeSantis Naming Barbara Lagoa to Florida Supreme Court,” Florida Daily, January 9, 2019.  

296.  Bishop, David, “Gov. DeSantis names Lagoa to Florida Supreme Court,FlaNews Online, January 9, 2019.  

297.  Maher, Ann, “DeSantis picks appeals court Judge Lagoa for Supreme Court; New justice praised as 'textualist',” The Florida Record, January 9, 2019.  

298.  Ducassi, Daniel, "DeSantis makes court pick and Democrats lament: 'Things are likely going to get worse for us'," PoliticoPro, January 9, 2020.

299.  Staff Reports, “Newsmakers react to Barbara Lagoa’s Florida Supreme Court appointment,” Florida Politics, January 9, 2019.  

300.  Kam, Dara, “DeSantis Picks Appellate Judge for Supreme Court,” Tallahassee Reports, January 9, 2019.  

301.  Large, William, “Lawsuits are hurting Florida's nursing homes and patients | Commentary,” Orlando Sentinel, January 8, 2019.  

302.  Rohrer, Gary, “Florida Supreme Court poised for conservative makeover,” Orlando Sentinel, January 7, 2019. 

303.  Bishop, David, “Lawsuit reform could be major issue for DeSantis and legislature,” flanewsonline.com, December 14, 2018.  

304.  Carollo, Malena, “Six of the top 10 auto glass lawyers are in Tampa Bay,” Tampa Bay Times, December 13, 2018.  

305.  Sammon, John, “Fort Lauderdale considers suing Big Oil amidst federal court rulings rejecting climate change theories,” LegalNewsOnline, November 2, 2018.  

306.  Carollo, Malena, “Broken auto glass cases are clogging Hillsborough courtrooms, with no sign of slowing,” Tampa Bay Times, October 25, 2018.  

307.  Large, William, “Beware: Trial Attorney Ads Are Dangerous Prescriptions,” RoundTable Politics, October 24, 2018.  

308.  Staff, “Study: Excessive litigation costs Florida jobs and money,” FLANews, October 22, 2018. 

309.  Staff, “ Excessive Litigation Costs Florida $11.8 Billion, 126,000 Jobs, Study Finds,” Florida Daily, October 22, 2018.  

310.  Moline, Michael, “Tort reform group slams Florida for ‘excessive’ litigation,” Florida Politics, October 22, 2018.  

311.  Hale, Nathan, “Fla. High Court Rejects Law That Mandated Daubert,” Law360.com, October 15, 2018.  

312.  Large, William, “2 Recent Florida Supreme Court Rulings Could Impact Insurance Industry,” Insurance Journal, October 2, 2018. 

313.  Moline, Michael, “No-fault insurer prevails in attempted class action over Medicare reimbursement,” Florida Politics, September 26, 2018.  

314.  Fernandez, Frank, “SMALL CLAIMS, BIG IMPACTS, Daytona News-Journal, September 23, 2018.  

315.  Moline, Michael, “Supreme Court reinstates $8.5M verdict against Geico,” Florida Politics, September 20, 2018.  

316.  Saunders, Jim, "Florida Supreme Court justices deal blow to insurer in ‘bad faith’ dispute," The Daytona Beach News-Journal, September 20, 2018.

317.  Saunders, Jim, “Justices Deal Blow to Insurer In ‘Bad Faith’ Dispute,” News Service of Florida, September 20, 2018.  

318.  Breslin, John, “Manufacturers, distributors of opioids ordered to reply to state complaint within weeks,” The Florida Record, August 27, 2018.  

319.  Thomas, Takesha, “Florida Justice Reform Institute calls on Johnson & Johnson to appeal $4.69 billion talc verdict,The Florida Record, July 17, 2018.  

320.  Weekly, Richard, “Climate Change: A Plea For Legislation, Not Litigation,” Investor’s Business Daily, June 11, 2018.  

321.  Stoltzfus, Justin, “Appeals court reverses controversial ant bite case,” The Florida Record, May 13, 2018.  

322.  Smith, Nancy, “First District Court of Appeal Overturns 'Five Million Dollar Ant Bite Case',” Sunshine State News, April 18, 2018.  

323.  Bradon, Carrie, “Despite increasing assignment of benefits fraud, some see hope for reform,” The Florida Record, March 20, 2018.  

324.  Sanicola, Laura, “Florida lawmakers fail to pass AOB reform,” The Insurance Insider, March 20, 2018.  

325.  Pickett, Alex, “Florida Considering Changes to Civil Court System,” Courthouse News Service, March 2, 2018.  

326.  Smith, Nancy, “The 'Five Million Dollar Ant Bite Case' Goes to Appeals Court ... as the Legal World Watches,Sunshine State News, February 27, 2018.  

327.  Joseph, Samantha, “Not Just 'Small' Claims: County Courts Might Soon Handle Cases Up to $50,000,” Daily Business Review, February 26, 2018.  

328.  Elmore, Charles, “PIP lawsuits explode to record,” Palm Beach Post, February 23, 2018.  

329.  Bunker, Ted, “Florida AOB crisis worsens as reform efforts struggle,” The Insurance Insider, February 20, 2018.  

330.  Kidd, Karen, “Legal advocacy group opposes legislation to repeal Florida nonjoinder of insurer provisions,The Florida Record, February 16, 2018.  

331.  Moline, Michael, “Tort reformer William Large keeps plugging away for PIP bad-faith revamp,” Florida Politics, February 12, 2018. 

332.  Schorsch, Peter, “Takeaways from Tallahassee — Legislative misses,” Florida Politics, February 3, 2018.  

333.  Finch, Mike, “Ormond Heritage condos languish under a legal cloud,” Daytona Beach News-Journal, January 17, 2018.  

334.  Foster, Todd, “ House Votes to Cap Claimants' Attorney Fees at $150 an Hour,” WorkCompCentral, January 15, 2018.  

335.  Foster, Todd, “Lawmakers Return With Nearly Two-Dozen Comp Bills Filed,WorkCompCentral, January 9, 201

336.  Turner, Jim, “Environmental proposal delayed amid business outcry," Daily Business Review, December 13, 2017.  

337.  Turner, Jim,  “Environmental proposal delayed amid business outcry," News4Jax, December 12, 2017.  

338.  Turner, Jim, "Environmental Proposal Delayed Amid Business Outcry," News Service of Florida, December 12, 2017. 

339.  Thompson, Dee, “Legal expert: Class action lawsuit against FP&L unmerited,” The Florida Record, December 6, 2017.  

340.  Bunker, Ted, “AOB in focus,” The Insurance Insider; November 20, 2017; http://www.insuranceinsider.com/ 

341.  Vass, Drew, “’Assigning’ Blame,” agreemag.com; November/December 2017.  

342.  Pazanowski, Mary Ann, “Fla. Court Ruling on Doctor Interviews a Victory for Plaintiffs,” Bloomberg Law BNA; November 16, 2017.  

343.  Foster, Todd, “Attorney Fee Cap Passes First House Hurdle,” WorkCompCentral; November 15, 2017.  

344.  Foster, Todd, “Lawmakers to Make Another Run at Capping Claimants' Attorney Fees,” WorkCompCentral; November 9, 2017.  

345.  Schorsch, Peter, “Takeaways from Tallahassee — When lawyers break bad,Florida Politics; October 21, 2017.  

346.  Foster, Todd, “Claimants' Attorney Fees Nearly Tripled in Year After Castellanos,” WorkCompCentral; October 10, 2017.  

347.  Carroll, Mike, “Florida insurers caution homeowners against signing assignment of benefits,” The Florida Record, September 18, 2017.  

348.  Sistrunk, Jeff, “Biz Group Asks Fla. Justices To Ditch Geico Bad Faith Case,” Law360, July 31, 2017. 

349.  Foster, Todd, “Attorneys Take No Issue With DWC’s Interpretation of Compounds as ‘Specialty Services,” WorkCompCentral; July 21, 2017.  

350.  Kennedy, W.J., “Florida medical community has few options after cap on non-economic damages shot down,” The Florida Record, July 21, 2017.  

351.  Large, William, “Commentary: Florida Supreme Court crowns itself fact-finder and policymaker on malpractice,” Orlando Sentinel, July 17, 2017.  

352.  Carroll, Michael, “Litigation scheme seen as driving auto glass claims in 5 Florida counties,” The Florida Record, June 23, 2017.  

353.  Pazanowski, Mary Anne, “Florida Court Throws Out Cap On Medical Malpractice Damages,” Bloomberg Law BNA, June 9, 2017.  

354.  Kennedy, W.J., “Consumers paying for Florida legislature’s inaction on Assignment of Benefits (AOB) ‘scams’,The Florida Record, June 7, 2017.  

355.  Minnis, Glenn, “Scott signs bill to reduce 'frivolous' public records lawsuits,” The Florida Record, June 6, 2017.  

356.  Carollo, Malena, “Tampa Bay is ground-zero for assignment of benefits cases over broken auto glass,” Tampa Bay Times, May 25, 2017. 

357.  Luberecki, Beth, “House of Cards,” Business Observer, May 12, 2017.  

358.  Foster, J. Todd, “Appellate Court Says Ratings Firm and Regulators Did Not Violate Sunshine Law,” WorkCompCentral, May 10, 2017.   

359.  Foster, J. Todd, “Time May Have Run Out for Work Comp Changes,” WorkCompCentral, May 5, 2017.  

360.  Breslin, John, “Florida Senate urged to reform attorney fee awards in property disputes,” Florida Business Daily Reports, May 1, 2017.  

361.  Foster, J. Todd, “GOP-Led Panel Bucks Business, Passes Comp Reform Bill,” WorkCompCentral, April 14, 2017.  

362.  Vasilinda, Mike, “Florida lawmakers get rid of "no fault" insurance law,” www.wjhg.com, April 13, 2017.  

363.  Foster, J. Todd, “Backlog of Fee Petitions Drives Up Payments to Workers' Attorneys by 26%,” WorkCompCentral, April 13, 2017.  

364.  Carroll, Michael, “Judicial term limits proposal now faces more skeptical lawmakers in Senate,” The Florida Record, April 11, 2017.  

365.  Hutton, David, “Florida lawmakers taking aim at assignment of benefits agreements,” The Florida Record, April 4, 2017.  

366.  Salls, Carrie, “Free-roof insurance scam plagues Florida homeowners,” The Florida Record, April 1, 2017.  

367.  Larrabee, Brandon, “House Approves Judicial Term Limits,” Sunshine State News, March 29, 2017.  

368.  Moline, Michael, “Term limits for Supreme Court, appeals judges clear the House, if barely,Florida Politics, March 29, 2017. 

369.  Larrabee, Brandon, “House Approves Judicial Term Limits,” News Service of Florida, March 29, 2017.

370.  Staff, "House panel OKs bill to eliminate long standing PIP program, despite opposition," PoliticoPro, March 27, 2017. 

371.  Phaneuf, Taryn, “Trial lawyers gaining influence at statehouse, Florida Justice Reform Institute says,” The Florida Record, March 25, 2017.  

372.  Gueguen, Nicholas, “Florida subcommittee to hold PIP reform hearing Monday; Moves to get bad faith reform in the mix may be sidelined,” The Florida Record, March 24, 2017.  

373.  Large, William, “Assignment of benefits - Abuse drives up insurance,” Tampa Bay Times, March 22, 2017.   

374.  Large, William, “William Large: Florida must end assignment of benefits abuse, self-serving windfalls,” Florida Politics, March 14, 2017. 

375.  Gueguen, Nicholas, "Florida Justice Reform Institute applauds legal reform bill," The Florida Record, March 13, 2017. 

376.  Bunker, Ted, “Florida AOB crisis flares as groups game system: study,” The Insurance Insider, March 9, 2017.

377.  Staff, “Trial lawyers' 'No. 1 priority' stalls in Florida Senate,” Florida Business Daily, March 9, 2017.  

378.  Campbell, Rebecca, “Florida justice-reform report details continued growth in assignment of benefits,” The Florida Record, March 7, 2017.  

379.  Gueguen, Nicholas, “Florida Justice Reform Institute president: AOBs are problematic to insurance policyholders, insurance companies,” The Florida Record, March 5, 2017.  

380.  Minnis, Glenn, “Florida appeals court orders new trial for tobacco case that produced $23.6B verdict,” The Florida Record, March 5, 2017. 

381.  Blankenship, Gary, “Term limits clear first House hurdle,” The Florida Bar News, March 1, 2017.  

382.  Breslin, John, “Alarm grows among business leaders as prejudgment interest bills move through legislature,” Florida Business Daily, March 1, 2017. 

383.  Phaneuf, Taryn, “'War Dogs' gunrunner blames Abilify for his actions,” The Florida Record, February 22, 2017.  

384.  Perry, Mitch, “Bill allowing women to sue doctors who perform abortions advances in Florida House,” SaintPetersblog, February 22, 2017.  

385.  Sexton, Christine, “House leadership helps push abortion-lawsuit bill through subcommittee,” PoliticoPro, February 22, 2017.  

386.  Larrabee, Brandon, “Judicial Term Limits Move Ahead Amid Senate Doubts,” Sunshine State News, February 21, 2017.  

387.  Larrabee, Brandon, “Judicial Term Limits Move Ahead Amid Senate Doubts,” News Service of Florida, February 21, 2017.  

388.  Thompson, Dee, “'Now is the time to admit that PIP can’t be fixed,' FJRI president says,” The Florida Record, February 17, 2017.  

       389.  Saunders, Jim, “Justices go against Legislature on expert witnesses,” Lakeland Ledger, February 16, 2017. 

390.  Saunders, Jim, "Justices Go Against Legislature On Expert Witnesses," News Service of Florida, February 16, 2017.

391.  Rosica, Jim, “Supreme Court rejects evidence standard supported by Rick Scott, lawmakers,Florida Politics, February 16, 2017.  

392.  Breslin, John, “Business community opposition mounts to 'prejudgment interest' bill pending in Florida Senate,Florida Business Daily, February 16, 2017.  

393.  Editorial, “Listen to opponents of term limits for judges: Where We Stand,” Orlando Sentinel, February 15, 2017.  

394.  Boniface, Russell, “Florida Justice Reform Institute calls for assignment of benefits changes,” The Florida Record, February 13, 2017. 

395.  Vasilinda, Mike, “Judicial term limits on the move in state House,” wctv.tv, February 10, 2017.  

396.  Dixon, Matt, “House panel passes judicial term-limits bill, a priority for Corcoran,” PoliticoPro, February 9, 2017.  

397.  Klas, Mary Ellen, “Will Florida become the first state to impose term limits on justices?” Miami Herald, February 9, 2017.  

398.  Saunders, Jim, “House panel OKs term limits for judges,” Orlando Sentinel, February 9, 2017.  

399.  Saunders, Jim, “Judicial Term Limits Get Backing in House,” News Service of Florida, February 9, 2017.  

400.  Okamoto, Sherri, “1st DCA Rejects Challenge to Use of 'Daubert Standard' in Comp Cases,” Work Comp Central, January 17, 2017.  

401.  Saunders, Jim, “Debate heats up over property insurance claims,” Citrus County Chronicle - January 10, 2017.  

402.  Garcia, Jason, “Justice Barbara Pariente: 'The Questioner',” The Florida Trend, December 28, 2016.  

403.  Lye, Chandra, “Appeals court rules $18.5 million award too much following tobacco lawsuit,” The Florida Record, December 18, 2016.  

404.  Clark, Erin, “Tort reform group again slams Florida as ‘judicial hellhole’,” Watchdog.org, December 16, 2016.  

405.  Klas, Mary Ellen, “Gov. Scott appoints conservative appellate judge Alan Lawson to Florida Supreme Court,Tampa Bay Times, December 16, 2016.  

406.  Salls, Carrie, “Florida Supreme Court ruling addresses insurance payment clause debate,” The Florida Record, December 16, 2016.  

407.  Rosica, Jim, “Rick Scott picks C. Alan Lawson for Supreme Court,” Florida Politics, December 16, 2016.  

408.  Thompson, Dee, “Jones Day argues that federal law on smoking lawsuits should preempt state laws,” The Florida Record, November 20, 2016.  

409.  Dyton, Joe, “Florida, North Carolina attorneys address hurricane litigation with webinar,The Florida Record, November 18, 2016.  

410.  Kennedy, W.J., “Recent state court rulings place workers' comp attorney fee schedules in question,” The Florida Record, November 12, 2016.  

411.  Okamoto, Sherri, “U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Review Constitutionality of Comp System,” Work Comp Central, November 1, 2016. 

412.  Breslin, John, “Sharp spike in work comp cases following state Supreme Court judgment,” Florida Record, August 22, 2016.  

413.  Okamoto, Sherri, “Supreme Court Strikes Down 104-Week Cap on TD,” Work Comp Central, June 10, 2016.  

414.  Bolado, Carolina, “Fla. Justices Could Chill Doc Malpractice Suits, Attys Fear,” Law360, June 7, 2016.  

415.  Grimoldby, Stephanie, “Why is Miami a hub for deceptive labeling class actions? Lawyer-driven litigation, ‘venue shopping’ contribute to rise in suits,” The Florida Record, May 14, 2016.  

416.  Kennedy, W.J., “Property carriers seek relief from ‘assignment of benefits’ abuse; Claims have jumped 46 percent since 2010,” The Florida Record, May 9, 2016.  

417.  Grimoldby, Stephanie, “Increasing number of false advertising cases against food and drink hard to swallow, critic says,” The Florida Record, May 9, 2016.  

418.  Okamoto, Sherri, “Supreme Court Says Attorney Fee Statute Is Unconstitutional,” Work Comp Central, April 29, 2016.

419.  Farrington, Brandon, “$1.53 an hour for lawyer fees? Not in Florida, court says,” AP News, April 28, 2016.  

420.  Farrington, Brendan, “Court calls $1.53 an hour lawyer fee unconstitutional, 'absurd',” Orlando Sentinel, April 28, 2016.  

421.  Kennedy, W.J., “Florida Supreme Court sets oral arguments over expert testimony standard,” Florida Record, April 13, 2016.  

422.  Saunders, Jim, “Supreme Court Says 1936 Road Deal Requires State to Pay,” Daily Business Daily, April 11, 2016.  

423.  Saunders, Jim, “Court says 1936 road deal requires state to pay,” Tampa Bay Business Journal,  April 7, 2016.  

424.  Saunders, Jim, “Supreme Court Says 1936 Road Deal Requires State to Pay,” News Service of Florida, April 7, 2016.  

425.  Chikomo, Vimbai, “Bad faith laws are in desperate need of reform, expert says; Plaintiff attorneys seek to extract settlements from insurers,” The Florida Record, March 31, 2016.  

426.  Chickomo, Vimbai, “Florida Justice Reform Institute advocates for Assignment of Benefits reform to improve state’s lawsuit climate,” The Florida Record, March 30, 2016.  

427.  Staff, “Florida Justice Reform Institute isn't giving up fight for change despite end of legislative session,” Florida Business Daily, March 18, 2016.  

428.  Kennedy, W.J., “Fla. court affirms AG's power to dismiss whistleblower lawsuits,” LegalNewsline.com, February 29, 2016.  

429.  Ducassi, Daniel, “Bill to pay interest on personal-injury damages clears committee,” Politico Florida, January 20, 2016.  

430.  Evans, Nick, “Senator Wants Drones Classified As A Dangerous Instrumentality,wfsu.org, January 19, 2016.  

431.  Dixon, Matt, "Drone insurance bill prompts confusion before clearing committee," PoliticoPro, January 19, 2016.

432.  Bolado, Carolina, “Business Groups Oppose Fla. Workers' Comp Law Challenge,” Law360.com, January 11, 2016.  

433. Okamoto, Sherri, “Procedural Flaws Cited by Defense As Basis to Dismiss Stahl Case,” Work Comp Central, January 5, 2016.  

434.  Kay, Julie, “Panel Urges Going Back to Frye Standard for Expert Testimony,” Daily Business Review, October 19, 2015.  

435.  Hale, Nathan, “Fla. Attys Lock Horns Over New Expert Witness Standard”, Law360.com, October 16, 2015.  

436.  Brinkmann, Paul, “Morgan & Morgan attorneys oppose Florida evidence rule”, Orlando Sentinel, October 15, 2015.  

437.  Karmasek, Jessica, “Florida Bar committee, plaintiffs lawyers push for rejection of new standard on expert witness testimony”, Legal News Online, October 8, 2015.  

438.  Okamoto, Sherri, “3rd DCA Reverses Summary Judgment in FWA Constitutional Challenge to Exclusive Remedy”, Work Comp Central, June 25, 2015.  

439.  Smith, Nancy, “Tort Reform: When Elections Should Have Consequences”, Sunshine State News, March 23, 2015.  

440.  Derby, Kevin, “Legal Expert: 'Tort Reform Only Works Around the Edges’”, Sunshine State News, February 28, 2015. 

441.  Okamoto, Sherri, “Business and Insurance Groups Defend Exclusive Remedy in FWA Lawsuit,” Work Comp Central, January 15, 2015.  

442.  Garcia, Jason, “Florida's Supreme Court in transition,” Florida Trend, December 26, 2014.

443.  Okamoto, Sherri, “Defense Attorneys Say Morales Maintains Viability of Comp as Exclusive Remedy,Work Comp Central, December 8, 2014.  

444.  Ammann, Paul, “Appeals court upholds disputed part of state medical malpractice law,” SaintPetersBlog, October 14, 2014.  

445.  Large, William, “No Rational Basis for Florida High Court’s Nullification of Statutory Noneconomic Damages Cap,” Washington Legal Foundation, June 20, 2014.  

446.  Knaub, Kelly, “Fla. AG Can Toss ‘Frivolous” State FCA Case, Court Told,”Law360.com, June 14, 2014.  

447.  Large, William, “The Florida Supreme Court Overturns the Caps on Noneconomic Damages,” Convergence, Spring 2014.

448.  Alanez, Tonya, “Lawmaker seeks to revamp Florida's medical malpractice system,” Sun-Sentinel, March 24, 2014. 

449.  Sarkissian, Arek, “House Judiciary discusses medical malpractice claim overhaul,” The Florida Current, March 17, 2014.  

450.  Large, William, “BP Must Cover Actual Losses,” Pensacola News Journal, August 10, 2013. 

451.  Garcia, Jason,  “Publix, Disney aim to cut lawsuit awards for accident victims,” Orlando Sentinel, July 10, 2013. 

452.  Giunta, Eric, “Rick Scott Signs Expert Witness Standard Overhauls into Law, “ Sunshine State News, June 5, 2013.  

453.  Adams, Michael, “Florida Lawmakers Approve Medical Malpractice Reform,” Insurance Journal, May 3, 2013.  

454.  Giunta, Eric, “Should Florida Change the Way Judges Are Appointed?,” Sunshine State News, April 22, 2013.  

455.  Hale, Nathan, “Fla. Bill Would Revamp Rules for Civil Suits Against Insurers,” Law360.com, February 20, 2013.  

456.  Giunta, Eric, “Lawyers, Legislators Debate Changing Florida’s Expert Witness Standards,” Sunshine State News, February 15, 2013.  

457.  Giunta, Eric, “Florida House Subcommittee Approves Bill Changing Expert Testimony Standards,Sunshine State News, February 13, 2013.  

458.  Garcia, Jason, “Business lobbyists say they’re confident Chris Dorworth will stay with them on tort reform,” Orlando Sentinel, October 12, 2012.  

459.  Turner, Jim, “Scott to Sign PIP Law ‘Very Soon’,” Sunshine State News, March 10, 2012.  

460.  Pillow, Travis, “Senate panel rewrites changes to expert testimony rules,” The Current, February 29, 2012.  

461.  Thomson, Rod, “Kill Bills”, Gulf Coast Business Review, February 16, 2012.  

462.  Saunders, Jim, “MAJOR MED-MAL CASE TO BE HEARD BY SUPREME COURT THURSDAY”, News Service of Florida, February 8, 2012.

463.  Ward, Kenric, “House Panel Rejects ‘Bad-Faith’ Insurance Reform Bill," Sunshine State News, January 26, 2012.  

464.  Drobnic Holan, Angie, “Crashworthiness passed in 2011; PIP to be considered in 2012," PolitiFact Florida,  January 4, 2012.  

465. Peltier, Michael, “PIP again draws testimony, not votes,” News Service of Florida, December 7, 2011. 

466.  Saunders, Jim, “CANADY, POLSTON - FREQUENT DISSENTERS IN SCOFLA CASES”, News Service of Florida, November 29, 2011.

467.  Jordan Sexton, Christine, “PIP stands to change or die under new proposal,” Florida Current, November 10, 2011.  

468.  Jordan Sexton, Christine, “PIP’s cap set in 1979 is far below 2011 realities, insurance industry says,” Florida Current,  September 29, 2011.  

469.  Saunders, Jim, “Supreme Court rejects asbestos claim limit,Palm Beach Post, July 8, 2011. 

470.  Saunders, Jim, “Supreme Court rejects asbestos claim limit,” News Service of Florida, July 8, 2011. 

471.  Large, William, “A new approach to fixing Florida’s mortgage crisis,” Gainesville Sun, June 20, 2011. 

472.  Caputo, Marc, “Legislative special interests fill Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ campaign coffers in U.S. Senate race,” Miami Herald, May 12, 2011.  

473.  Rockwell, Lilly, “Automaker Lawsuit Limits Bill Poised to Become Law,” Villages Daily Sun, May 11, 2011.

474.  Fineout, Gary, “2011 session summary: Insurance,” Florida Current, May 10, 2011, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=22916561

475.  Mills, Ryan, “Fla. House passes bill changing fault rules in liability cases,” Villages Daily Sun, May 6, 2011.

476.  Mills, Ryan, “Fla. House passes bill changing fault rules in liability cases,” Naples Daily News, May 4, 2011, http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/may/04/fla-house-passes-bill-changing-fault-rules-liabili/?print=1

477.  Jordan Sexton, Christine, “Senate budget chief blames "miscommunication" on PIP provision being included in budget,” Florida Current, May 2, 2011, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=22818345

478.  Schultz, Randy “On high court, Senate must stop indulging Speaker,” Palm Beach Post, May 1, 2011, http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/palm-beach-post/mi_8163/is_20110501/court-senate-stop-indulging-speaker/ai_n57384117/

479.  Jordan Sexton, Christine, “Controversial PIP amendment withdrawn as House moves closer to approving malpractice bill,” The Florida Current, April 29, 2011; http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=22776105

480.  Saunders, Katie, “Senate committee splits from House on court reform bill,” The Miami Herald, April 26, 2011. 

481.  Zink, Janet “Senate committee passes court reform bill, but they don’t like it,” St. Petersburg Times The Buzz Blog, April 25, 2011.  

482.  Dunkelburger, Llyod, “Powerful lobbies butt heads over negligence legislation,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, April 21, 2011.  

483.  Dunkelberger, Llyod, “Bills limiting Floridians’ ability to sue are progressing,” Gainesville Sun, April 16, 2011.  

484.  Pagliery, Jose, “Bill protects private child welfare agencies,” Daily Business Review, March 7, 2011, www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/.../3-7-2011-DBR.pdf.

485.  Rohrer, Gary, “Crash Liability Bill Fast-Tracked Along With Larger Reforms,” Sunshine State News, February 27, 2011.  

486.  Caputo, Marc, “Business groups target Florida’s ‘bad faith’ law,” Miami Herald, Naked Politics, February 23, 2011.  

487.  Pesquera, Adolfo, “A new battle dawns at the Florida Supreme Court,” Daily Business Review, February 7, 2011.  

488.  Dixon, Matt, “Weinstein ‘fully supportive’ of bill to add protections for automakers in liability lawsuits,” Jacksonville Times Union, January 27, 2011.

489. Schultz, Randy, “Scott the outsider hearing only from the insiders,” Palm Beach Post, January 7, 2011, http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/columnists/schultz-scott-the-outsider-hearing-only-from-the-1170600.html?cxtype=ynews_rss  

490.  Larrabee, Brandon, “Florida lawsuit critics eager for their day in court,” Jacksonville Times Union, December 6, 2010.  

491.  Ward, Kenric, “GOP Has Trial Lawyers on the Run,” Sunshine State News, December 3, 2010.  

492.  Staff, “Gov-elect Rick Scott announces two transition teams,” Naples Daily News, November 30 2010, http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/nov/30/gov-elect-rick-scott-announces-two-transition-team/

493.  Peltier, Michael, “Gov-elect Rick Scott announces two transition teams,” News Service of Florida, November 30 2010; https://new.newsserviceflorida.com/app/post.html?postID=3828  

494.  Bender, Michael C., “Rick Scott announces transition team aimed at economy,” St. Petersburg Times, The Buzz, November 29, 2010, http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/rick-scott-announces-transition-team-aimed-economy 

495.  Naked Politics, “Rick Scott announces transition team aimed at economy,” Miami Herald, November 29, 2010. 

496.  Deslatte, Aaron, “Tort reform an under-the-table issue in governor’s race,” Orlando Sentinel, October 18, 2010.  

497.  Ward, Kenric, “Trial Lawyers Double Down for Democrats, Alex Sink,” Sunshine State News, October 11, 2010. 

498.  Garcia, Jason, “Saved from death suits in Florida,” Insurance Journal, October 4, 2010.  

499.  Kennedy, John, “Scott goes after trail lawyers, Sink,” Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Political Pulse, September 20, 2010.  

500.  Kennedy, John, “Scott Unveils Sweeping Slate of Lawsuit Limits,” News Service of Florida, September 20, 2010; https://new.newsserviceflorida.com/app/post.html?postID=3475 

501.  Garcia, Jason, “Florida Workers’ Comp Law Shields Disney World, SeaWorld from Suits,” Insurance Journal, September 17, 2010.  

502.  Garcia, Jason, “Disney, SeaWorld accident lawsuits face tough odds,” Orlando Sentinel, September 13, 2010.  

503.  Kennedy, John, “Chamber Pumps Money into McCollum 527,” News Service of Florida, July 28, 2010; https://new.newsserviceflorida.com/app/post.html?postID=3223 

504.  Gibeaut, John, “Sunshine State Freezes Caps,” American Bar Association Journal Magazine, July 2010 issue.  

505.  Pagliery, Jose, “4th DCA strikes down Broward judge’s gag order,” Daily Business Review, May 20, 2010, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/PubArticleFriendlyDBR.jsp?id=1202469812300

506.  Larrabee, Brandon, “‘Win-win’ claimed in lawsuit reform,” The St. Augustine Record, April 21, 2010. 

507.  Frank, John, “Politically wounded personal injury lawyers salvage something,” St. Petersburg Times, April 21, 2010.  

508.  Larrabee, Brandon, “Legislature: Both sides claim victory in this year’s fight over civil-justice reform,” Florida Times Union, April 20, 2010.  

509.  O’Brien, John, “Crist signs slip-and-fall reform,” Legal Newsline, April 15, 2010.  

510.  Mishory, Jordana, “Defense attorney can be deposed, 4th DCA rules,” Daily Business Review, April 8, 2010.  

511.  Ward, Kenric, “McCollum’s Legal Bargain,” Sunshine State News, March 30, 2010.  

512.  Kassab, Beth, “Reasons for optimism about recovery?” Orlando Sentinel, March 26, 2010.  

513.  Ward, Kenric, “Trial Attorneys in Crosshairs,” Sunshine State News, February 26, 2010.  

514.  Large, William, “Recent Merit-Selection Reform Can Improve Florida’s Courts," The Journal of the James Madison Institute, Winter 2009. 

515.  Large, William, “Civil Justice Depends on an important right,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 3, 2009. 

516.  Large, William, “Workers’ Comp Bill Helps Floridians,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, May 24, 2009.  

517.  McQueen, Kim, “Senate revamps court, clerk funding bill,” The Florida Bar News, April 1, 2009 

518.  NSF Staff, “STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009,” News Service of Florida, March 12, 2009

519.  Mishory, Jordana, “Fla. Attorney General Seeks to Cap Fees for Outside Counsel,” Daily Business Review, March 11, 2009. 

520.  Gramlich, John, “Court cuts trigger blunt warnings,” Stateline, February 18, 2009.  

521.  Pudlow, Jan, “Business leaders feel the sting of court cuts,” The Florida Bar News, February 1, 2009.  

522.  Haughney, Kathleen, “Courts, Lawyers, Businesses Ally in Fight For More Courts Money,” News Service of Florida, January 16, 2009.  

523.  Rizo, Chris, “Former lawmaker wants on Florida Supreme Court,” Legal Newsline, June 11, 2008.  

524.  Rizo, Chris, “Florida Supreme Court Vacancies give Crist  tremendous opportunity,” Legal Newsline, May 27, 2008.  

525.  Follick, Joe, “Insiders key to defeat of rail deal – Trial bar wields powerful lobbying arm,” Lakeland Ledger, May 11, 2008.  

526.  Brooks, Jeff, “Changes in law, economy affecting legal business,” Jacksonville Business Journal, January 23, 2008.  

527.  Large, William, “Reforms have been successful,” The Florida Times Union, December 17, 2007.  

528.  Irene Coombs, Mary, “How Not to Do Medical Malpractice Reform: A Florida Case Study,” University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007-12; Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, Forthcoming, October 23, 2007.

529.  Large, William, “Florida’s Legal Climate Still Needs Reform,” Center for America, June 4, 2007, http://www.legalreforminthenews.com/interviews/Large_William_5-29-07.html

530.  Deslatte, Aaron, “Tort bill gets split verdict,” Capital News, March 14, 2007, http://www.floridacapitalnews.com/legacy/blogs/adeslatte/2007_03_11_archive.html

531. Blankenship, Gary, "House considers offers of judgement statute overhaul," The Florida Bar News, February 1, 2007.

532.  Liberto, Jennifer, “Legal vote a big win for big business,” St. Petersburg Times, March 31, 2006.  

533.  Royse, David, "Senate passes bill to change how lawsuit damages are divided," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, March 31, 2006.

534.  Stockfisch, Jerome R., “Stakes High In Tort Reform Struggle,” The Tampa Tribune, March 15, 2006.

535.  Boodhoo, Niala,  "Businesses have agenda at Legislature," The Miami Herald, March 6, 2006. 

536.  Large, William, “Lawsuit industry is taxing all Floridians,Tallahassee Democrat, February 26, 2006.  

537.  James, Joni, “Liability Business is back,” St. Petersburg Times, February 26, 2006.  

538.  Leiser, Janet, “Push to Reform,” Gulf Coast Business Review, February 24, 2006.  

539.  Grogan, Mike, "Lobbyist Implores Kissimmee Chamber to Back Tort Reform or Risk Hefty Lawsuits," The Ledger, February 9, 2006.

540.  “Bush Deputy chief of staff tapped to lead Florida Justice Reform Institute,” Center for America News About Legal Reform, September 12, 2005, http://www.legalreforminthenews.com/News%20Releases/FJRI-Large-Appointed-9-12-05.html

541.  Dyckman, Marty, “Malpractice task force of what not to do,” St. Petersburg Times, July 27, 2003, http://www.sptimes.com/2003/07/27/Columns/Malpractice_task_forc.shtml

542.  Skidmore, Sarah, “Senators get a new take on insurance,” Jacksonville Times Union, July 16, 2003.