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Joseph L. (“Joe”) Amos, Jr. is a shareholder assisting clients with a variety of legal and litigation matters related to catastrophic loss, personal injury, professional and product liability, bad faith claims and insurance disputes, and business litigation. Part of his practice also includes mediation/dispute resolution and CE teaching. This year Joe was re-appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Standard Civil Jury Instructions Committee, and in 2010 was invited to join ABOTA, where he currently serves as President. Since 2012 (years 2012 through 2017), he has been named one of Florida’s “Best Lawyers” in several areas. Joe is a University of Florida graduate, undergrad and law school. He is active in local Bar activities, is former President of the Legal Aid Society, and serves as a current Legal Aid trustee.

Florida Construction Defect Statute Chapter 558 Legal Update 2020

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Dec 22, 2020 7:30:00 AM

As a continuation of our recent primer article on Florida Construction Defect Cases - The Statute of Repose, my law partner Stephanie Preston and I generated this additional primer based on some frequent questions & common issues which often arise in construction defect and construction PD cases. The following is a primer on Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes, which affects both construction companies and their insurance companies that insure for property and casualty.

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Topics: Insurance, Construction

Construction Defect Cases - The Statute of Repose

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Dec 15, 2020 4:30:22 PM

Recently my law partner Stephanie Preston and I generated this primer based on some frequent questions & common issues which often arise in construction defect and construction PD cases. The following primer is on The Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Cases, which affects both construction companies and their insurance companies that insure for property and casualty. It's important to understand the purpose and the limitations of this statute.

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Topics: Insurance, Construction

First-Party Bad Faith Claims and COVID-19

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Apr 17, 2020 9:54:38 AM

COVID-19 Strikes Again…This Time in the Nation’s Courthouses

As the consequences of COVID-19 infections unfold – with already felt countrywide and global financial impacts – many U.S. businesses are scrambling to assess and recover income, resources, and “lost opportunities,” some simply to keep their doors open.

It shouldn’t surprise us then that many companies and industries are attempting to recoup losses through their insurance policies.

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Topics: Bad Faith Claims, COVID-19

A “Quiet Restructuring” with Loud Implications For Florida County Courts

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Feb 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

A bill passed last year by the 2019 Florida legislature now expands the authority of county courts. While referred to by one legislator as a “quiet restructuring,” the new law could potentially have significant implications for civil suits; for example, those involving uninsured or underinsured motorist claims.

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Topics: Insurance, Civil Litigation

Daubert Rides Again - Unreliable, Speculative Expert Opinions Still Don’t Fly Under Daubert

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Jan 28, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Last summer Florida’s 4th DCA issued a generally helpful and instructive ruling, confirming the Florida legislature’s reinstatement of “Daubert” as the legal standard for admissibility of expert testimony. (Kemp v. State, 44 FLW D1974 – 7/31/19) While the opinion involves a criminal case, the decision and its basis are relevant, applicable, and important for civil cases.

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Topics: Insurance, Civil Litigation

You Receive a First Party Civil Remedies Notice (CRN). What Now?

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Apr 9, 2019 5:26:55 PM

How to Respond?

ANSWER:  Prudence, Not "Perfection," Is Called For.

In recent years, there seems to have been an uptick, especially in first party pre-suit assignments, involving the filing of a Civil Remedies Notice (“CRN”).  The CRNs frequently involve an injured party’s (policy holder’s) claim for UM/UIM benefits following an auto accident.

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Topics: Insurance, Bad Faith Claims

How Personal Counsel Can Assist You In Legal Cases

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Aug 23, 2017 11:51:55 AM

During my years of legal practice, especially handling third-party injury claims, I have seen so many times, and in numerous ways, how personal counsel (or private counsel or corporate counsel) has proven to be a valuable, positive factor for case resolutions, evaluations, damage control and even trials.

Let me explain...

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Topics: Insurance, Personal Counsel

You Do the Math! Learn How to Correctly Calculate Medical Costs in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Joseph "Joe" Amos on Jan 17, 2017 5:07:13 PM

It’s unfortunate, but you’ve probably seen more than your fair share of accidents on the road. No matter the type of vehicle that is involved, the impact can be devastating.

Medical expenses (damages) - which includes both past and future costs - can be very difficult todetermine in these cases. And future life care plans add even more complexities to a personal injury case.

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Topics: Insurance

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