April Update

Florida Bright-Line Rules for Bringing a Cause of Action for Legal Malpractice

By Elaine D. Walter

January Update

On January 6, 2022, the Florida Supreme Court adopted a new rule that permits parties to seek review of orders that grant or deny leave to amend to assert a claim for punitive damages, effective April 1, 2022. Now, if a court permits a plaintiff to amend its claims to add punitive damages claim against a defendant, the defendant does not have to wait until the conclusion of the case to take an appeal of that order. This rule also prevents financial discovery related to punitive damages from occurring until the right to assert the claim is completely adjudicated. Appellate partner, Elaine Walter, argued that case before the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of the Appellate Courts Rule Committee.

Read the opinion here: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/818818/opinion/sc21-129.pdf