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Category: Legal Update

From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. What is the latest on advertising sports betting such as online casinos? A. In the past, we have recommended against accepting advertising in Florida that promotes online casinos (with the caveat that there is some room to accept “sponsored ads” from online gaming and review sites). This recommendation, however, has recently changed due to…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. A newspaper photographer goes to a public event and takes 10 photographs. The newspaper publishes one photo in the paper and another on the paper’s website to report news of the event. Then, the newspaper posts all ten photos on its website and sells hard copies (or digital files) of the photos to the…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I have a legal question. We are having a problem getting reports or even basic details from our local county sheriff’s office and with an election upcoming it is getting worse. For example: there was a young mother and 2-month-old infant found dead in their home yesterday. They refuse to provide any information beyond…
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New Federal Agency Rules for Overtime, Independent Contractors, and Non-Compete Agreements

DOL Overtime Rule Changes In the last ebulletin, we provided a summary  of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new final rule on wage and overtime requirements. As we explained, the main provision significantly raises the minimum salary necessary for application of the overtime exemption to white collar employees, thus making it harder to classify such…
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New Federal Overtime Rule for Employers

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees minimum wages and overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Some workers are specifically exempt from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections, including bona fide executive, administrative or professional…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. What are the current rules surrounding publishing our statement of ownership? I know a few years ago a new requirement was passed by the Legislature that required publishing this somewhere in the paper. Is this still a requirement? Are there any other similar notice requirements? A. The short answer is that the statement of…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I am checking on whether you believe the sheriff can stop notifying our newspaper of press conferences and remove us from the list of organizations that receive press releases. We have further learned that the sheriff will no longer provide comment to the newspaper. How can we push back on this new policy? A.…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. There have been attempts by the local sheriff’s office to deny requests to view body camera footage citing an “active criminal investigation.” Is there any support you can provide to push back on that? A. Yes, here is some research from an FAF intern that cites some case law that may be helpful. The…
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Nominations Open For The Parker Thomson Awards For Outstanding Legal Journalism In Florida And The Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for 2024 The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. Submit nominations before the April 30, 2024 entry deadline. The first-place award recipients for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida will receive a cash prize of $500, a plaque and travel…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Final Wrap-Up) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session began January 9 and ended at 2:25 pm March 8. Here’s the latest on the bills we followed: Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami; SB 1780 by Sen. Brodeur, R. Lake Mary) These are scaled down versions of last year’s bills. The bills…
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