The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Avera & Smith client Lucille Soffer in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that will have significant implications for other Engle progeny tobacco-related cases statewide.
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Longtime Gainesville-based law firm Avera & Smith today announced the hiring of Jared Comstock as an associate attorney with the firm.
Today, former State Senator Rod Smith filed to run for the new State Senate District 8. The new District 8 includes many of the same areas Senator Smith has served before, both as a State Senator and State’s Attorney, including the Putnam County, Alachua County, and Ocala communities.
The Avera & Smith law firm, which has served the Gainesville community for more than 60 years, today announced that Dawn Vallejos-Nichols has been named a partner, joining partners Mark Avera, Lance Avera and Rod Smith.
A Pensacola Circuit Court jury has returned a $34 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds tobacco company on behalf of the family of Garry O’Hara, a man who passed away from lung cancer at age 50 subsequent to quitting smoking at age 35.
The dangers of texting while behind the wheel have been well documented, leading most states to adopt texting while driving bans to protect motorists on the road. Florida is now one of only five states in the country without legislation prohibiting this dangerous behavior.
Dawn M. Vallejos-Nichols, an attorney with Avera & Smith, has been invited by Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to serve on the Northern Conference of Florida's Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for a two year term.
Whether it be in a car accident, a fall caused by a broken set of stairs at a business or any other situation, those who are injured as a result of another person's negligence may have a claim for both medical bills and pain and suffering. Nevertheless, no matter the cause, the right to bring a claim for injury against another party does not last forever. Indeed, under Florida law, potential plaintiffs have only a limited amount of time to file personal injury lawsuits.
In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by backup accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a new rule that will require built-in rearview technology in all new cars manufactured in the United States. The measure is expected to save up to 15 lives per year and prevent as many as 1,125 injuries, according to NHTSA estimates.
Many motorists traveling in the Gainesville region will spend at least a portion of their drive on Interstate 75. The roadway experiences a significant amount of traffic each day, which has led to a number of motor vehicle accidents in the region. Officials have taken several steps to try to make highways throughout the state safer for all motorists, but a new bill has been proposed that could result in more car accidents within the state.