DHL EXPRESS, INC. and SEDGWICK CMS, Appellants,
RAQUEL MACHIN, Appellee.
FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND
DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED
of Accident: November 1, 2013.
appeal from an order of the Judge of Compensation Claims.
Mark A. Massey, Judge.
George Kagan of Miller, Kagan, Rodriguez & Silver, P.L.,
West Palm Beach, for Appellants.
Michael J. Winer of the Law Office of Michael J. Winer, P.A.,
Tampa, for Appellee.
workers' compensation matter, the Employer/Carrier (E/C)
appeals the Judge of Compensation Claims' award of
permanent total disability benefits to Claimant. Finding no
merit to the E/C's arguments, we affirm the order. We
write only to address counsel for the E/C's violation of
this Court's order regarding the extension of time given
to Counsel for filing of the initial brief. Counsel sought,
and was granted, a ten day extension to file the initial
brief, resulting in a due date of June 27, 2016.
Notwithstanding, Counsel filed the brief on June 30.
with the late-filed brief, Counsel filed a motion to accept
the brief as timely. In his required explanation of reasons
for violating this Court's order to file the brief by
June 27, Counsel offered no credible justification. This
opinion shall serve as a reminder to all members of the
Florida Bar that professional conduct and strict compliance
with the orders of this Court are not only expected but are
mandatory. As detailed in the "Notice to Attorneys and
Parties" issued June 27, 2014, [*] extensions to file a brief served
after the time has expired for serving the brief will
generally not be granted absent a showing of good cause. The
violation occurring here will not be tolerated in the future.
THOMAS, WETHERELL, and M.K. THOMAS, JJ., CONCUR.
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