Florida

  • May 23, 2017

    Alaskan Taxidermist In Fla. Court Admits To Bird Smuggling

    An Alaska man on Friday pled guilty in federal court in Florida to participating in a conspiracy to smuggle birds, including protected species, into the United States for his own extensive collection and that of a longtime Florida taxidermist.

  • May 23, 2017

    40 States Defend Power To Bring Generic-Drug Price-Fix Suit

    Forty states on Monday defended their lawsuit against six generic-drug manufacturers alleging they divided the market and fixed the price of an antibiotic and a diabetes treatment, saying they have the authority to seek an injunction and monetary relief under federal antitrust law.

  • May 23, 2017

    Feds Want 3 Years For Fla. Man Who Sold Expired Lap-Bands

    A Florida man should spend three years in prison after pleading guilty to selling expired gastric banding systems to doctors, federal prosecutors said Monday, calling for six months less than the sentencing guidelines given his help with their investigation into the fraud.

  • May 23, 2017

    Target Pays $18.5M To Settle States' Probe Over 2013 Breach

    Target has reached an $18.5 million settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve the states’ investigation into the company’s 2013 data breach — the largest multistate data breach deal ever reached, according to a statement by multiple states’ attorneys general on Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2017

    Hyatt Says It Has Nothing To Do With Fla. FACTA Suit

    Hyatt Corp. told a Florida federal judge Monday that it does not belong in a suit claiming it prints too much information on hotel customers’ credit card receipts, in violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, arguing it does not own or control the Hyatt Regency Miami where a man bringing the suit allegedly received a bill that put him in danger of identity theft.

  • May 22, 2017

    Fla. Judge Won't Expand Design Co. Age Bias Class

    A Florida federal judge Monday refused to expand the scope of a five-person class of former RS&H Inc. employees she conditionally certified in an age bias suit to nearly two dozen, saying her initial determination of the class’ size was correct.

  • May 22, 2017

    Paper Co. Loses Bid To Decertify Class In Fla. Flood Suit

    A Florida federal judge said Sunday that International Paper Co. failed to persuade her to reconsider her recent order certifying a class of homeowners for the purpose of determining whether the failure of an abandoned dam at one of the company's paper mills caused the flooding of their homes.

  • May 22, 2017

    India-Focused Blank-Check Co. Files $125M IPO

    Constellation Alpha Capital Corp., a special purpose acquisition vehicle raising money to buy an Indian health care or manufacturing business, filed plans Thursday for a $125 million initial public offering, hoping to cash in on opportunities provided by economic reform in India.

  • May 22, 2017

    Texas Woman Seeks Dismissal In Law Firm Ripoff Case

    A Texas woman is seeking dismissal of her conviction for running a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme that involved tricking law firms into paying her and several co-conspirators proceeds of fake settlements, arguing Friday that a Florida federal court failed to comply with the Speedy Trial Act and violated her constitutional rights.

  • May 22, 2017

    Carmakers, Drivers Request Claims Admin. In Takata MDL

    Car drivers and the four carmakers who reached a $553 million deal recently to end claims in the multidistrict litigation over potentially fatal Takata Corp. air bags have asked a Florida federal court to tap Patrick Juneau, who oversaw the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement, as claims administrator.

  • May 22, 2017

    Windshield-Repair Shops Seek Cert. In Geico Suit

    Windshield-repair shops suing Geico General Insurance Co. over its alleged imposition of an illegal deductible on Florida policyholders through reimbursement-price suppression asked a federal judge on Friday for class certification, saying they've met all the requirements.

  • May 22, 2017

    MasTec Urges High Court To Review DirecTV Firing Dispute

    A DirecTV Inc. contractor has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a split D.C. Circuit panel decision backing a National Labor Relations Board’s finding that the companies must reinstate Florida technicians fired for complaining about the company’s new pay policy in an interview with a local news station.

  • May 21, 2017

    Time On Tobacco’s Side In Engle Progeny Battles

    Lengthy appeals and a massive court backlog are taking their toll on Florida’s cigarette plaintiffs.

  • May 19, 2017

    Fla. Jury Adds $1.3M Punitives To Smoker's Engle Trial Win

    A Florida jury on Friday awarded a woman who developed lung cancer after smoking Philip Morris cigarettes $1.3 million in punitive damages, doubling down on its $1.1 million actual damages verdict in the case.

  • May 19, 2017

    Nursing Home Reaffirms Medicare Circuit Split In Cert Push

    A bankrupt Florida nursing home seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of its fight to keep a Medicare payment dispute in bankruptcy court used its reply brief to refute federal and state government attempts to downplay what it says is a circuit split on key issues.

  • May 19, 2017

    Couple Who Hid Sinkhole Can't Dodge Verdict At 11th Circ.

    A Florida couple who were sentenced to probation and restitution after they were convicted of wire fraud for failing to disclose during the sale of their home that they got a $150,000 insurance check for a sinkhole they didn’t fix saw their sentences upheld by the Eleventh Circuit on Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    11th Circ. Says Copyright Registration Needed Before Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday found that a copyright holder can’t bring an infringement suit until its application for copyright is approved by the registrar, deepening a circuit split on the issue in a ruling on a case over online financial news articles.

  • May 19, 2017

    Fla. Financier Will Pay SEC $4.1M To Settle Fraud Claims

    A Florida investment adviser has agreed to fork over more than $4.1 million in disgorgement, interest and civil penalties to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle accusations that he had fleeced his hedge fund’s investors out of millions of dollars by charging them hidden fees, according to documents filed in Florida federal court on Thursday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Fla. Retail Chain, Managers Strike $1.2M Deal In FLSA Suit

    A Florida-based retail chain asked a federal judge on Thursday to approve a $1.2 million deal to end a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action from a group of its area managers who claimed that the company didn’t pay them for overtime.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ex-JPMorgan Worker Admits To $33M Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Friday accepted the guilty plea of a former senior loan officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co., who admitted to conspiracy to commit loan and credit application fraud that cost the bank $33 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Workplace Marijuana Accommodations: The Road Ahead

    Ruth Rauls

    As the number of states legalizing marijuana use continues to grow, the federal government maintains — and indeed perhaps may soon begin to strengthen — its stance of illegality. Therefore, employers will continue to face more issues and uncertainties, say Ruth Rauls and Jason Ross of Saul Ewing LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • What We Know So Far About Direct Infringement Post-Form 18

    Eric Kaviar

    Following the abrogation of Form 18 in December 2015, what does it mean to state a claim of direct patent infringement? Eric Kaviar of Burns & Levinson LLP recently reviewed all of the substantive district court opinions grappling with this question. Here's what he found.

  • Don't Overlook The 1st Amendment In Labeling Litigation

    Michael Mueller

    Arguing that the First Amendment provides protection for product labeling is far from a slam dunk. But recent cases in Florida, Vermont and the District of Columbia highlight that, depending on the jurisdiction in which claims are brought, product suppliers and retailers may be able to defend their advertising and labeling practices on constitutional grounds, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • Why Florida Pharmaceutical Compounders Should Be Wary

    Charles Ross

    Recent trends suggest that pharmaceutical compounding investigations are on the rise, especially in Florida, due to the state's high rate of military personnel and senior citizens. The government will likely continue to use both the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act to exert pressure on pharmacies and individuals, say Charles Ross and Maritere Arsuaga of Charles A. Ross & Associates LLC.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • Cybersecurity Is The Next Frontier Of State Regulation

    David Forscey

    States considering whether to enforce existing cybersecurity rules more aggressively, or else pass standards of their own, should carefully consider the policy rationale and potential pitfalls of existing frameworks and collaborate with private experts to determine what works and what does not, say David Forscey of the National Governors Association, and Steven Cash and Benjamin Nissim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • How 2 Courts View Gov't Role In Nonintervened FCA Cases

    Douglas Baruch

    Both the Eleventh Circuit's decision last week in the Everglades College case and a Florida federal court's ruling last month in Salus Rehabilitation take aim at the government’s practices in nonintervened False Claims Act qui tam cases — with mixed results, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.