In an article published by the Daily Business Review, Fort Lauderdale partner Edward O’Sheehan and Fort Lauderdale associate Josh Rubin discuss the outcome of a Zoom video trial in an international child abduction case under the Hague Convention.
The Zoom option was put into effect after U.S. District Chief Judge K. Michael Moore ordered a halt to nonessential proceedings in South Florida federal courts until July due to the coronavirus. “It was important to get some sort of relief or have the ability to address the case,” Josh commented.
Attorneys are weighing in on the idea of virtual hearings in the future; Ed states “It would seem to make sense for not your primary witnesses. I would hope it’s available in the future.”
Shutts & Bowen attorneys represent the Guatemalan father who is accusing his ex-girlfriend of violating the treaty by taking their son without permission to the United States.
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About Edward J. O’Sheehan
Edward O’Sheehan is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Ed has over 19 years of litigation experience in consumer finance litigation, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, condominium and homeowner association litigation, probate and guardianship litigation, insurance matters, and tax appeals. Ed also provides representation for clients in matters involving The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
About Josh A. Rubin
Josh A. Rubin is an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Josh focuses his practice in the areas of business, banking, real estate and healthcare. He has represented small businesses, individuals and Fortune 500 companies in various commercial matters, including real estate disputes, business torts, contract disputes, and healthcare issues.