HOW CASEBITES

CaseBites compiles opinions issued by the Florida Supreme Court and Florida District Courts of Appeal, which we summarize, categorize, and tag for easy search and review on the business day following an opinion’s release on a court’s site.

CASEBITES MAKES RESEARCH EASY

The most important things to know about a case, besides what actually happens in the case, are the case’s name and citation. While a case citation isn’t available until published in a legal reporter, and a case isn’t final for 15 days, that doesn’t mean that a case isn’t useful. An opinion, pre-finality and reporting, can either clarify a well-established principle, differentiate scenarios, or show the erosion of a previously established legal principle and provides the case law upon which the courts rely to explain the rationale behind the interpretation.

CaseBites’ goal is to save practitioners and the interested the time and trouble of going to each courts’ site, pulling each case, and reading a bit of each to determine what kind of law is being addressed. CaseBites puts together all of a case’s most important information using a clear, concise, accurate and easy to read format which provides all of the information necessary to make decisions as to how best to allocate your time and energy.

HOW BITES ARE FORMATTED

The bites are tagged in accordance to the date of issuance, court, and keywords to allow ease of searching in accordance to personal priority. Written by Florida lawyers with practical experience, and tailored for the use of practitioners and legal aficionados, keywords include initialisms, acronyms, and the shorthand common to practice to optimize searches.

FAQ

CaseBites is a subscription service which compiles opinions issued by the Florida Supreme Court and Florida District Courts of Appeal. The opinions are summarized, categorized, and tagged for easy search and review on the business day following an opinion’s release on a court’s site. Each summary conveniently links to a copy of the full opinion.

Whether you have a solo practice or a large law firm, CaseBites’ contents can be used in a large variety of ways. Reviewed daily, CaseBites keeps you up to date on the latest opinions from each court so that the most current law is easily available. Additionally, as CaseBites is accessible through mobile devices and desktops, it is easy enough to access CaseBites and keep yourself up-to-date wherever you go.

In short, CaseBites is a compilation of the most current Florida case law in one place. Instead of going to every court website to find out what happened yesterday, or last week, and reading through each case to find out whether it relates to your practice, you can go to CaseBites from wherever you have internet and search for your area of practice to have the most relevant cases at your fingertips in moments.

If you are interested in Florida law, CaseBites is probably useful to you. CaseBites’ intention is to provide clear, concise, and accurate analysis of cases as they are released so that they can reach the parties to whom they will do the most good in the fastest way possible. With that said, the opinions are read, summarized, and categorized by Florida lawyers with an eye towards their utility to other Florida lawyers. However, if you are not a lawyer and are still curious about the developments in Florida legal precedent then CaseBites is a good way keep an eye on how Florida law is being interpreted.

CaseBites is accessible through desktops and mobile devices. If you have internet access then you can access CaseBites from the courtroom to the beach. Enjoy the option to stay current on case law and research cases from your kid’s swim class, the coffee shop line, the beach, or while waiting for friends to arrive for dinner.

An individual case bite refers to the summary of an opinion. Each case summary distills an opinion down to its most essential parts and provides the case style, appellate case number, the date of release, the disposition of the opinion (affirmed, reversed, etc.), the status (whether 15 days have passed since release, whether there has been a motion for rehearing, etc.), together with a summary of the main holdings of the opinion and keywords to help identify the matters addressed in that opinion.

A case bite is not legal advice. Case bites are not a substitute for individualized analysis and application of an opinion. If you have any questions as to whether a case applies to your situation then you may want to contact the Florida Bar for further information on how to find an attorney who can assist you with your case.

Once an opinion is released on a Florida court’s website, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., then the case bite, the summary of the opinion, will be available on the CaseBites site on the next business day. Opinions released after 4:00 p.m. will be treated as if they were released on the subsequent day and will be made available with the summaries that were posted on that day. Regardless of when issued, the bite will indicate the correct date of release. So, if an opinion is released at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, then the summary will be posted with the case bites of opinions released between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and will be posted to the CaseBites site on November 12, 2020; the information provided with the case bite will indicate a date of release of November 10, 2020.

Case bites are summaries written by Florida lawyers. CaseBites, in no way, lays claim to any of the intellectual property of the Courts. On the occasion in which an opinion is best summarized by the use of a quotation, because sometimes the courts manage to best say what they’re trying to communicate, the quotation will be clearly marked as such. Summaries, and their formatting, are the intellectual property of CaseBites.

For the first fifteen days after being released the cases are not final. If no one files a motion for rehearing, or if the opinion is not withdrawn, then after those fifteen days the opinion becomes final. In Case Bites, in the initial case heading, there will be a section titled case status. Case Bites will monitor the cases for finality i.e. whether or not the opinion has been withdrawn or whether there is a motion for rehearing posted on the docket and will notate any information updates in that section as soon as we become aware of a change in status.

CaseBites, and case bites, can be used in a number of ways. Although not binding, the cases are persuasive resources to inform the lower courts of the appellate courts’ thought processes and how the case law will be interpreted. These opinions can also be used as a resource within which to find other case citations for current cases which are being used as primary sources or as binding precedent upon your court. CaseBites can also be used to add value to the service you provide long-standing clients in the form of client education and strategic planning. Fifteen days provides attorneys and firms the opportunity to develop client education opportunities and show value to their clients.  Attorneys and firms can provide clients with the anticipated changes in Florida law as they develop and assist clients in dealing with the impact on their businesses and lives. Be the lawyers who keep your clients informed – if you don’t know how, touch base with us and we can help you prepare educational resources for your clients and keep your firm’s name in their thoughts.

Each case is distilled down to a summary preceded by a header containing the case style,  appellate case number, date released, the disposition of the case as reported by the relevant court, and whether the matter has a rehearing pending or whether the time for a motion for rehearing has elapsed. Each case is categorized according to areas of practice and tagged with a number of keywords that are relevant to the opinion.

The law changes as quickly as the courts’ interpretations. In 2019, the Florida Supreme Court and five Florida District Courts of Appeal issued roughly 3,268 opinions. Just sorting through that many cases to determine which are relevant to your area of practice would daunting. Much less doing it as it is occurring and maintaining a practice. Especially since, while not all relevant, many cases describe particularly niche situations based on the underlying facts. Every new case is a new opportunity to provide a scenario which is analogous or which can be distinctly differentiated from the case in front of you and can be a potential asset or liability. Let CaseBites keep you up-to-date and at the forefront of the law as it is developing.