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Supreme Court takes tough stand on lawyer referrals By Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida Published: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 10:14 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to what it described as "significant risk" for the public,
the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday called for cracking down on lawyer referral
services that cater to accident victims.
Justices directed The Florida Bar to develop a rule that would prevent attorneys
from accepting referrals from any service that is not owned or operated by a lawyer.
In doing so, the Supreme Court bluntly rejected a narrower proposal approved by
the Bar's Board of Governors, saying the board "disregarded the potential harm to
the public that non lawyer owned, for profit referral services present."