Ride-hailing Service just for Women – Legal or Not?

“I’ll call an Uber,” has become a household phrase. Ride-hailing service giants including Uber and Lyft have spearheaded a multi-billion-dollar industry – shaking up taxi services across the world.

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Taxi drivers aren’t the only ones concerned about the rise of Uber and Lyft. Women have also expressed unease about these services due to the belief that there are inadequate safety measures in place for women during transit. Multiple complaints and lawsuits have been filed against Uber drivers over allegations of assault, rape and more.

 

This overwhelming wave of concern has led to entrepreneurs developing a ride-hailing service solely for women.

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… But is it legal?

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New Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation to Take Effect Jan. 3

Here’s what we can expect and how we can benefit from passage of Amendment 2

 

On Nov. 8, 2016, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Amendment 2) was passed with an overwhelming 71.32% voter approval. Amendment 2 will legalize medical marijuana for individuals with specific debilitating diseases or comparable debilitating conditions that will be determined by a licensed state physician.

 

This new law will not go into effect overnight. In fact, it could take more than eight (8) months after the election date to get it into motion.

 

According to Florida law, approved amendments must become effective on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January following the election , to wit: January 3, 2017.

 

Now that it is time to put Amendment 2 into action, it is the Florida Department of Health’s duty to set guidelines for the issuance of Identification Cards, qualifications and standards of care for care givers and registration of medical marijuana treatment centers within six months (6) of the date it went into effect.

Who Can Now Use Medical Marijuana As Treatment?

Patients with:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

 

How will the legalization of medical marijuana affect us?

In addition to symptom relief of multiple diseases and conditions, less side effects than many prescription drugs and lower dependency rate, this law will put medical decisions for marijuana use in the hands of patients and their doctors while at the same time giving the economy a healthy boost.

How other states have been effected by Medical Marijuana

In 2015, Americans spent $5.4 billion on legal medical and recreational marijuana. Colorado, a state that previously legalized the use of recreational marijuana, is projected to make $140 million in tax revenue by the end of 2016. Washington will make an estimated $270 million. The tax dollars generated in Colorado, Washington and Oregon are being used to build schools and fund drug abuse prevention programs as well as law enforcement.

 

With the passage of Amendment 2, experts project that Florida will make an estimated one billion dollars in medical marijuana sales over the next three years. Being that Florida holds the largest percentage of people 65 and over, a demographic that often suffers chronic pain and catastrophic illnesses, this could be a viable medical solution.

 

Not only will there be a growth in the medical marijuana industry, but patients will hopefully get the relief and healing they have been waiting for as they suffer from such encumbering diseases and conditions.

 

Full-strength medical marijuana should be available to all newly qualified patients by July 1, 2017.

 

 

*Disclaimer – This is in no way to be considered legal advice. An attorney client relationship does not exist from your reading of this blog or your following any of the suggested courses of action above.

 

Can “Pokémon GO” get sued for accidents, robberies and trespassing incidents?

The augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, has become a worldwide phenomenon capturing the imagination of young people. However, ‘Pokemania’ has created all kinds of trouble for users and property owners from accidents and robberies to trespassing– and “Pokémon GO” makers could get sued for triggering the incidents.

 

“Pokémon GO” pocketed a quick $7.5 billion just 48 hours after the app’s global launch. The app has made Nintendo relevant again and has boosted Nintendo’s market value. “Pokémon GO” has catapulted to popularity in record time with more users than the Tinder dating app and falling just short of Twitter’s user numbers.

 

However, in the midst of the “Pokémon GO” craze, a growing number of users are reporting accidents and incidents occurring because of the game.

 

One teen walked onto a highway while playing the game and was hit by a car. Armed robbers used the app’s geo-location feature to lure victims to a secluded area for easy mugging in Missouri. Posts are popping up left and right about sprained ankles, bruises, falls, trespassing and more, as “Pokémon GO” users walk or run from one location to the next – eyes glued to their mobile devices, oblivious to their surroundings.

 

Is Nintendo’s “Pokémon GO” in the line of fire? Will they catch a lawsuit as fast as their users are catching Pokémon? Read more

Disney Under Scrutiny for Alligator Attacks; How Businesses Can Avoid Horrific Consumer Accidents and Lawsuits

 

On June 14, 2016, an alligator snatched two-year-old Lane Graves from a beach behind the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and robbed him of his life.

 

Although the parents struggled to save their son, the heartbreaking tragedy has left grief and a potentially hefty lawsuit against “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

 

Debate has ensued whether Disney should remove all alligators from its resorts and theme parks if the “No Swimming, Please,” signage purposely failed to mention that alligators were present in the lagoon.

 

Experts say it would be nearly impossible to ensure the removal of all alligators from Disney resorts due to alligators’ mobility and Disney’s extensive territory.

 

However, documents are surfacing about Disney’s awareness of alligator activity in its resorts and could affect its case, should one be filed in the wake of this devastating incident. Read more

Super Bowl returning to Miami in 2020 – Will it be ADA compliant and accessible for those with disabilities?  

South Floridians, mark your calendars for January 2020. The NFL recently announced that the Super Bowl will return to Miami, Florida, and while praise is being given to Miami Dolphins’ owner Steve Ross for spending almost a half-billion dollars in stadium upgrades, we are celebrating a [potential] Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) victory.

 

According to the New Miami Stadium website, the stadium will have accessible options in all seating areas. The new and improved stadium is committed to accommodating all guests.

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Prince remembered as one of the most tenacious copyright protection defenders – fans have difficulty finding his music

Prince leaves behind a legacy beyond musical genius – shining light on some of the most controversial music copyright cases of the 21st century and leaving fans frantic to get a hold of his music in the few places it can be found.

The sudden death of Prince, 57, ignited a wave of respect and remembrance for the iconic artist’s contribution to the world. Prince was a musical genius, an innovator, a leader, a humble humanitarian and one of the most determined copyright protection defenders of our time.

 

Now that he has passed, it is challenging for fans to mourn his death by listening to his music – as it cannot be found on many of the most popular streaming and downloading services. Read more

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Harrison Ford (Han Solo) ignites court battle after suffering an injury while on set – What actors need to know about their safety while filming

Legendary “Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford, a.k.a. Han Solo, 71, was seriously injured on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” when a heavy hydraulic door hit him, leaving his leg broken. The Millennium Falcon’s spacecraft door malfunction as well as Ford’s broken leg have surfaced, causing British workplace and safety authorities to prosecute the production company behind the film.

Foodles Production (UK), Ltd., bought by Disney, is being sued for four alleged breaches of health and safety law.

“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” said Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). “We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.” Read more

Two Men and a Truck face discrimination charges against customer with Hepatitis-C – big win for Americans with Disabilities Act

 

 

One of this country’s most successful moving companies, Two Men and a Truck, are facing serious penalties for violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act when movers refused to help a customer move out of her apartment upon finding out she had Hepatitis-C.

 

Although the woman explained that casual contact and the mere moving of furniture would not spread the virus to the movers, the two movers refused to move the woman fearing potential contraction.

 

The Justice Department announced on Jan. 28, 2016 that it had reached an agreement with Kemper Moving Systems, Inc., a Huntsville, Alabama franchise of Two Men and a Truck, to resolve the ADA non-compliance allegations.

 

Not only was the customer unable to move out on time, but she also had to locate last-minute replacement movers, incurred various other expenses and owed rent for two apartments at the same time. Read more

The Present and Future of Drone Regulations, Safety and Uses for Hobbyists, Businesses and Government Entities

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… a drone?

 

According to a report issued this week by Juniper Research, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (a.k.a. UAV’s or Drones) will continue to see exponential growth in sales, regardless of the arising safety and liability concerns.

 

Agriculture and entertainment sectors will help heighten drone sales for commercial use by 84 percent. These numbers do not include the countless drones being used recreationally by hobbyists and enthusiasts.

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How consumers can help protect themselves from fiery hoverboard safety concerns

One of this holiday season’s hottest high-tech products is heating up the market – to the point of explosion.

Produced under unique names like, “Swagway,” “Legway,” “Airboard,” or “Power Balance Boards,” hoverboards, two-wheeled self-balancing personal vehicles, are dominating the futuristic toy market, but are starting to watch their sales go up in flames – literally.

 

Since news broke of hoverboard safety concerns, within the past few days, major retailers including Amazon, Overstock and Target have ripped the item, or certain bogus manufacturers of the hoverboards, off their (virtual) shelves.

 

Counterfeit hoverboards were being sold through Amazon and other sites. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than 164 hoverboards with fake batteries and other deceptive marks – which have been linked to fire issues. Hoverboards use lithium-ion batteries, just like smartphones, laptops and other rechargeable devices. However, if poorly made, there is a risk of explosion.

 

This blaze is not cheap either… hoverboards can cost between $300 and $2,000.

 

The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission is stepping in, having logged 29 emergency room visits and 11 reports of fires in 10 states, according to Elliot F. Kaye, chairman of the commission.

 

“We’re particularly sensitive to the fact that many have been purchased and wrapped,” he said.

 

Local officials nationwide are banning the self-balancing boards from city sidewalks and even airplanes in fear of fire or explosion. Read more