CMS announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for MSAs in liability settlements

On June 15, 2012 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register seeking comment on several proposed options under consideration to protect Medicare’s interest under Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) claims that involve automobile and liability insurance (including self insurance) and no-fault insurance. Citing to the […]

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Florida House Committee Nixes Insurer Bad Faith Reform

On January 26, 2012, the Florida House of Representatives Civil Justice Subcommittee, in an 8-7 vote, killed HB 427, which would have amended section 624.155, Florida Statutes, dealing with insurer bad faith. The Senate version of the bill, SB 1224, has not yet been acted on by any committees, but it appears likely that, at […]

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Hector Rivera

Hector Rivera

Mr. Rivera became a member of the Florida Bar since 2004. A native of Tampa, Florida, he graduated from Jesuit High school. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2000 and his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2003. While at Stetson, he was […]

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Paula W. Rousselle

Paula W. Rousselle

Ms. Rousselle has 36 years experience in civil trial practice, handling litigation and arbitrations. She received her B.S. (1976), and her J.D. (1979), from Stetson University.  The primary area of her practice involves the defense of medical malpractice cases, to include the defense of both physicians and hospitals in litigation, arbitration, and Department of Health […]

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Jerry A. Setchel

Jerry A. Setchel

Born in Cuba, New York in 1954, Jerry A. Setchel was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979. Mr. Setchel graduated with a B.S. in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1976. He obtained his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1979. He is “AV” rated a member of the U. […]

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Debra M. Metzler

Debra M. Metzler, Esquire

Ms. Metzler was born in Washington, D.C., on June 16, 1958. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida at an early age and attended local schools. Ms. Metzler is a graduate of Stetson University (B.A., 1980; J.D., 1983). While attending law school, she served as a member of the Stetson Law Review. She was admitted to […]

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John W. Boult

John W. Boult

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, John W. Boult was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1963. Mr. Boult is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where he served as Head Proctor and as Chairman of the Honor Council. He received his law degree at Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was […]

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Billy R. Barr

Billy R. Barr, founding partner, was born in North Carolina in 1933. Barr was a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University Of North Carolina School Of Law where he was a member of Delta Theta Phi and Order of the Coif. Billy R. Barr was admitted to the North Carolina and Florida Bars […]

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FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PROPOSES DRASTIC CHANGES TO INSURER BAD FAITH

By Daniel P. Mitchell, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Two bills currently pending before the Florida Senate and House of Representatives portend drastic changes to Florida law pertaining to both first-party and third-party insurer bad faith.  The two bills, introduced near the start of the 2011 legislative session, are identical, and may be viewed at […]

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