FIRE THEM! OR CAN YOU?

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In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, a question came up in the business community.  Can you fire someone for being a white supremacist? The short answer in Florida is yes.  We are an at-will employment state.  You can fire someone for good reasons, bad reasons, or no reason at all.  You cannot fire someone for illegal reasons.  Those … Read More

BUT WE’RE FAMILY!

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We’re all family.  We all get along.  So we don’t need to pay a lawyer to prepare all kinds of paperwork for our family business. Right? But consider an otherwise obscure Florida Supreme Court’s case, the first sentence of which, stripped of a forest of names in quotation marks and parentheticals, reads like this: “This case comes to us after … Read More

YOU’RE ON JURY DUTY. NOW WHAT?

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If you have been selected for jury duty, a New York Times headline might have grabbed your attention.  It said that “Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if Bias Taints Deliberations.” This is inaccurate, if for no other reason that there is no such thing as jury secrecy.  Once the verdict is announced, jurors are free to tell one and all what … Read More

DELTA MESSED UP. ARE THE LAWYERS TO BLAME?

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The most useful and most ignored advice in crisis management is this: say it early, say it all, and say it yourself. But when media personality Ann Coulter lambasted Delta on Twitter for making her change seat, Delta’s PR department did not say it all or early.  It reacted as emotionally as the rant to which it responded, calling it … Read More

LOGIC OR EMPATHY?

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Artificial Intelligence is one of science-fiction writers’ favorite foils.  A machine or gadget of some form, with infinite knowledge and ability for logic, provides the hero with all the answers, like a Deus Ex Machina in a Roman drama. But would we want such a perfect AI to be a Supreme Court Justice? Not if we follow Justice Holmes’s reasoning.  … Read More