The Florida Supreme Court found that a medical malpractice arbitration agreement between our client and the Petitioners is void because it selectively included provisions from the Medical Malpractice Act that were only favorable to the doctors, going against the legislative intent of the Act. Jessie Harrell completed briefing for this case and Bryan Gowdy presented oral argument. Read the opinion here.
Senator Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, proposed a sales-tax exemption on the sale of feminine hygiene products, which is similar to the House bill filed last month by Representative Katie Edwards, D-Plantation. Upon consideration during the 2017 legislative session, the bills will take effect January 1, 2018 if successful. To read more about the Tampon Tax Senate proposal, click here.
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has announced its selection for the Partners in Justice Spotlight and we are proud to announce that Creed & Gowdy Appellate Law Firm has been featured. With over a decade of support given to JALA through pro bono case representation and case request analysis, Creed & Gowdy is honored with this selection. Bryan Gowdy, as a former JALA Board of Directors member, has dedicated many hours of service to JALA. He has also presented appellate practice training sessions for legal service staff and pro bono attorneys. To read more about the Partners in Justice Spotlight, click here.
Tessa Duvall, education, children and families reporter for The Florida Times Union, recently spent time interviewing Bryan Gowdy, and his client Terrence Graham, for an article on Juvenile Life Without Parole sentencing in Florida and Duval County. To read the full article, click here.
With the assistance of Meredith Ross, Jessie Harrell convinced the Court of Appeals of Georgia to reverse a summary judgment entered by the trial court against an injured railroad worker. The appellate court found that a jury should be allowed to determine whether the railroad was responsible for the worker's back injuries, and specifically found that he could bring a claim under the FSAA (Federal Safety Appliance Act) when the drawbar of an automatic coupler malfunctioned by failing to move with normal force. read the opinion here.