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RECENT RELEASES - FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
CREDITORS' RIGHTS--PROCEEDINGS SUPPLEMENTARY--EXECUTION OF MONETARY JUDGMENTS--JURISDICTION. A trial court may order a defendant over whom it has in personam jurisdiction to act on foreign property pursuant to section 56.29(6). In the case at issue, the trial court undisputedly had in personam jurisdiction over a judgment debtor and therefore could compel him to act on assets located in a foreign country.
RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE--AMENDMENT--PROPOSALS FOR SETTLEMENT--FORM AND CONTENT OF PROPOSAL. The Court, on its own motion, amended rule 1.442 "to exclude nonmonetary terms from a proposal for settlement, with the exceptions of a voluntary dismissal of all claims with prejudice and any other nonmonetary terms permitted by statute."
CONSUMER LAW--DEBT COLLECTION--WORKERS' COMPENSATION--JURISDICTION. The Court held that Section 440.13(11)(c) of the Workers' Compensation Law did not preclude claims brought against workers' compensation medical providers under section 559.77(1) of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, alleging that the providers illegally attempted to collect money for services connected to a workplace injury from the injured worker rather than from the employer's workers' compensation carrier. The issue was not a "matter for reimbursement" subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Department of Financial Services because "reimbursement matters," as the term is used in the WCL, involve the relationship between the providers and carriers, not the providers and injured workers.