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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." T