Monthly Archives: May 2015

Florida Supreme Court Approves Statutory Cap in Plancher v UCFAA

Six years after the tragic passing of University of Central Florida (UCF) football player, Ereck Plancher, the Florida Supreme Court has issued a ruling that dramatically affects the jury verdict amount the Plancher family was awarded in the summer of 2011. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the UCF Athletic Association, Inc. (“UCFAA”), a private entity, is entitled to sovereign immunity protection under Florida Statute § 768.28. In 2011, a jury in Orange County, Florida, compensated the Plancher family $10 million in damages for the death of their son, Ereck. UCFAA appealed an earlier ruling by the trial court claiming they should be considered an “instrumentality of the state for sovereign immunity purposes” and with that the statutory cap on damages should apply.  The Fifth District Court of Appeals agreed with UCFAA and held they were entitled to sovereign immunity and the verdict should be reduced accordingly. The Plancher…
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Attorney Nicholas Primrose Addresses Recent Graduates

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law held its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015. Among the crowd was our attorney, Nicholas Primrose, who attended as part of the Dean’s Party as the President of the Barry Law Alumni Chapter. Ninth Circuit Court Judge Alice L. Blackwell was the commencement speaker. After the graduates had their traditional doctoral hoods placed, Mr. Primrose was honored to speak to the newest Barry Law Alums. His speech stressed the importance of remaining close with your fellow classmates and reminiscing throughout the years about the memories made during law school. He shared memories he has from his time as a law student and certain classes and subjects. He advised the crowd, “Today, you renew your pledge to be proud examples of our alma mater through your generosity, service to the community, and the utmost ethical, respectful,…
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Attorney Primrose Published in Barry Law Review

Our own Attorney, Nicholas Primrose, was one of the authors in the Spring 2014 Barry Law Review which was recently released in hard copy.  His article, titled “Has Society Become Tolerant of Further Infringement on First Amendment Rights?” is both informative and thought provoking.  You can read the article through either of the links above, or find a physical copy of the Barry Law Review where available.

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