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- July 12, 2013JANET GOLDBERG MCENERY INTERVIEW: AVOIDING HUMAN RESOURCES TROUBLES
Janet Goldberg McEnery was recently interviewed by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on the topic of “Avoiding Human Resources’ Troubles.” Click Here to read the full interview.
Janet Goldberg McEnery
- June 27, 2013FRANK BROWN APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE APPEALS COMMISSION
Congratulations to Frank Brown on his appointment as Chair of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission. Mr. Brown will leave his position as Shareholder with Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen to accept the appointment. He practices in business litigation with an emphasis on employment and employee benefits litigation, including restrictive covenants litigation.
Frank E. Brown
- April 24, 2013AND THE DEFENSE WINS
DRI members James A. Martin, Jr., Brian J. Aungst, Jr., and Nancy S. Paikoff of Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Clearwater, Florida successfully defended a hospital against claims of failure to warn, negligence, and statutory violations of the involuntary commitment law in Florida that was brought by the Estate of a young woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend seven days after he was discharged from the psychiatric unit of the hospital. The trial court dismissed the Second Amended Complaint with prejudice on the basis that there was no precedent in Florida for Plaintiff's theory of recovery; that the Estate did not have standing to bring a claim for violation of the involuntary commitment statute; Florida did not recognize a common law "duty to warn" unrelated third parties; and the duty that arises based on a R2d Torts §319 (special relationship) did not apply to the facts of the case.
The Plaintiff appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal which, after oral argument, affirmed the dismissal with prejudice without an opinion. The Plaintiff then sought a rehearing, rehearing en banc, certification of questions, and an opinion. The Second DCA denied the request.
James A. Martin, Jr.,
Nancy S. Paikoff
Brian J. Aungst, Jr.
- March 2013Andrew Brown inducted into ABOTA
Congratulations to Andrew M. Brown on his recent induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA membership is by invitation only, requiring significant jury trial experience as lead counsel among its member qualifications.
Andrew M. Brown
January 2013Firm Names 2013 Officers
Ellen M. Macfarlane, President
Andrew M. Brown, Vice President Tampa
Thomas C. Nash, Vice President Clearwater
James W. Goodwin, II, Immediate Past Chairman
Ansley Watson, Jr., Managing Partner