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Brody claims bill, 10 others, pass House after compromise over fees

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Eric Brody, Sunrise, right, gets a fist bump from his attorney Lance Block, Tallahassee, center, after the Florida House passed Brody's $10.75 million claims bill, Thursday. Brody was permanently injured by a speeding Broward County Sheriff's deputy 14 years ago. His mother, Margie Weiss, and father, Chuck Brody are seen on the left in the House visitors gallery. [Scott Keeler, Times]

 A proposal to award $10.75 million to a Sunrise man who was permanently injured by a speeding cop 14 years ago is on a fast-track to the governor’s desk after a new agreement to eliminate all fees associated with the claim. The bill passed the House on Thursday by a wide margin and now heads back to the Senate, where it is expected to be passed on the final day of Session.

Ten other claims bills passed the House as well, and are headed back to the Senate.

An internal squabble between the lawyer representing Eric Brody and his former employer is behind the sudden decision to scrap all fees.

“By declining all fees it will make sure that Eric doesn’t have to pay $1 million to a bunch of rich lawyers that never did anything” on the case, said Lance Block, Brody’s attorney. Block said his former employer, West Palm Beach law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, hired a lobbyist to try and collect part of the $10.75 million payment.

The role of lobbyists in the claims bill process has been decried by lawmakers, and threatened to kill the claims bill for Brody this year.

Read the blog about the attorney's fee squabble from earlier today here

 

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