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Avera & Smith Wins Florida Supreme Court Tobacco Ruling

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.

Former State Senator Rod Smith Files to Run for State Senate District 8

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.

Avera & Smith Names Dawn Vallejos-Nichols as Partner

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.

Florida Legislators Considering Texting Ban Again

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.

Basic Facts About Florida Statutes of Limitations

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.

U.S. To Require Backup Cameras in New Cars Starting in 2018

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.

Bill to raise speed limits?

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.