Thomas was recently nominated as a candidate of the 2nd District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. He is one of six nominations vying for two vacancies in the commission. Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNCs) select nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Florida court system. The JNCs are required to operate in accordance with the Uniform Rules of Procedure applicable to each level of JNC. JNC members serve four-year terms, except when an appointment is made to fill a vacant, unexpired term. Read more about current nominees here.
A Florida Constitution Revision Commission panel this week killed a proposal to gut Florida's Patient's Right to Know About Adverse Medical Incidents provision in the state Constitution. After hearing compelling testimony from nine Florida Justice Association leaders who discussed the importance of the transparency provided to Floridians, the panel voted 4 to 3 against the proposal to effectively shield the reports behind attorney/client privilege.
To see Bryan's argument click here, and skip to the 3:12:15 mark.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit released its opinion in the bad-faith action by Creed & Gowdy's client, Mrs. Ethel Cousin, against GEICO Insurance Company. The court vacated the lower court's summary judgement, which was in favor of GEICO, and held that there were genuine issues of material fact whether GEICO acted in bad faith when handling Mrs. Cousin's insurance claim. Read the entire opinion here.
In the latest of a series of our med mal arbitration fights in the southeast, the Supreme Court has refused to grant Kindred Hospital East LLC's certiorari petition after a ruling in the Florida appellate court found that the healthcare provider's patient arbitration agreement was unenforceable since it ran afoul of state law. Bryan Gowdy represented the respondent in the case and pushed for denial of the petition. Read the article here.