Florida

  • September 20, 2017

    Holland & Knight Inks $5M Deal To End Malpractice Claims

    Holland & Knight LLP has agreed to pay $5 million to escape a malpractice suit brought by the bankruptcy trustee for a Miami hotel condominium project over its alleged failure to tell one of the condo project owners about the other’s planned fraud.

  • September 20, 2017

    Fla. Pulls License From Nursing Home Where 9 Died After Irma

    The state of Florida on Wednesday shut down nursing home operations at a Broward County facility under investigation after nine of its residents died during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, while accusations and litigation continued to build up over the incident.

  • September 20, 2017

    Ga. Landowners Take Transco Pipeline Fight To 11th Circ.

    A group of Georgia landowners is asking an Eleventh Circuit panel Thursday to reverse a decision allowing Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. to access their land to build a pipeline without paying compensation upfront, in a case that could help shape the legal landscape of natural gas pipeline disputes.

  • September 20, 2017

    Florida Strip Clubs Can't Duck Models' False Ad Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out a consolidated class action brought by professional models against several Florida strip clubs that allegedly used photos of them on social media without their consent, ruling the clubs’ attempt to toss the suit relies on arguments rejected in similar suits.

  • September 20, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Wells, Museum Center Corp., Blatteis

    Wells Fargo is reportedly in talks to lend $470 million to a venture of private equity shop Rockpoint for a Bronx affordable housing purchase; Boca Raton, Florida, nonprofit Museum Center Corp. is said to have sold a property for $12 million; and California investor Blatteis & Schnur has reportedly sold a Chicago retail property for $13.6 million.

  • September 20, 2017

    Miami Woman Gets 4 Years For Spa Silicone Injection Scheme

    A Florida federal judge Tuesday sentenced a local woman to more than four years in prison for her part in a conspiracy to inject illicit silicone smuggled from Colombia into the buttocks of hundreds of spa customers.

  • September 20, 2017

    CONMEBOL Escapes Soccer Tournament Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday allowed South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL to escape a television channel’s bribery lawsuit over game day rights awarded to units of 21st Century Fox Inc. for soccer tournaments, saying the organization cannot be held responsible for the actions of its officers.

  • September 20, 2017

    Trivest Closes Latest Family-Owned Fund At $600M

    Trivest Partners closed its latest fund after taking in $600 million worth of capital commitments that will be used toward founder and family-owned investments throughout the U.S. and Canada, the private equity firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Fla. Doctor Gets 8 Years For Role In $4.8M Medicare Fraud

    A Florida doctor was sentenced Wednesday to eight years and one month behind bars for his role in a six-year, $4.8 million health care fraud scheme that involved the submission of false Medicare claims and illegal prescriptions of drugs including addictive opioids, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • September 20, 2017

    EEOC, Darden Unit Trade Barbs About Sanctions In Bias Row

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Florida federal magistrate judge Tuesday that he can still sanction a Darden Restaurants Inc. subsidiary should he find that documents sought in an age discrimination suit regarding the Seasons 52 restaurant chain weren’t destroyed in bad faith, while the company said doing so would flout precedent.

  • September 20, 2017

    8th Circ. Dismissal Warrants Toss Of Breach Suit: Scottrade

    Discount brokerage firm Scottrade Inc. renewed its push Tuesday for the dismissal of a putative class action over a data breach that compromised its consumers' personal information, pointing a Florida federal judge to the Eighth Circuit's recent decision dismissing a related case for which she had stayed the instant matter.

  • September 20, 2017

    O’Melveny, DLA Steer $100M Deal For Braves Florida Facility

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP and local counsel Hopping Green & Sams represented the West Villages Improvement District in drawing up an agreement to develop a $100 million spring training facility for the DLA Piper-counseled Atlanta Braves in Sarasota County, Florida, according to an announcement from O'Melveny on Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Fla. Building Code Improvements A Bright Spot During Irma

    With its impact felt from Key West to Jacksonville, Hurricane Irma delivered Florida a mighty blow, but building industry experts say the storm’s destruction would have been much worse if not for stronger building codes and regulations enacted after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago.

  • September 19, 2017

    Irma Claims Total More Than $2B So Far In Florida

    A little more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, the state's insurers have received more than 372,000 claims totaling $2.1 billion for a storm that is expected to cost more than $40 billion.

  • September 19, 2017

    'Whoomp! (There It Is)': A Deal To End Song Rights Row

    The Chapter 7 trustee for a music publisher that went bankrupt after a $2.2 million judgment over the rights to the song “Whoomp! (There It Is)” gained approval Tuesday from a Florida federal judge for a deal to settle the case and several related disputes.

  • September 19, 2017

    Split NLRB Says Rebar Co. Has To Answer Union’s Inquiry

    A split National Labor Relations Board on Monday told a Florida-based rebar installer to respond to a union’s information request about the company’s employees and what work it is doing, reversing an administrative law judge’s March 2016 finding on the issue.

  • September 19, 2017

    Insurer Wants Provider List Kept Secret In Fla. Contract Fight

    The winner of a contract to provide dental benefits for Florida's health insurance program for children asked a state appeals court Tuesday to overturn an order forcing the company to hand over a list of providers in response to a public records request by a losing bidder, arguing the list is a protected trade secret.

  • September 19, 2017

    Condos, Insurer Debate 'Collapse' Meaning In Coverage Row

    A Florida condominium association and Empire Indemnity Insurance Co. have filed dueling summary judgment motions in federal court over whether a building must have fallen down to count as “collapsed” under Empire’s policy.

  • September 19, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Related, Terra, Equity Commonwealth

    Related Cos. is reportedly listing a penthouse unit at Hudson Yards in New York for $32 million, Terra Group is said to have dropped $12.5 million on a Florida office building, and Equity Commonwealth is reportedly planning to put an office complex near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport up for sale.

  • September 18, 2017

    Fla. Utility Sued Over 'Storm Charge' After Irma Outages

    NextEra Energy Inc. unit Florida Power & Light Co. was hit Monday with a putative class action accusing the utility of breaching its contract with customers by failing to adequately prepare for hurricanes, despite adding “storm charges” to their bills, and leaving thousands without power for an extended time after Hurricane Irma.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Competitors Collaborating Post-Hurricane

    Meytal McCoy

    Despite the unique and critical need for collaboration among competitors following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters, these events are not an invitation for businesses to ignore antitrust laws, say Meytal McCoy and Jessica Michaels of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • 8 Key Insurance Coverage Considerations For Harvey, Irma

    Geoffrey Greeves

    In the aftermath of two powerful hurricanes, it will not be uncommon for businesses to be unpleasantly surprised by insurers who are unwilling to stand behind the full insurance coverage they promised. Insureds should pay close attention to the eight property adjustment and coverage issues highlighted in this article in order to maximize recovery, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Managing Flood Risk When '1,000-Year' Floods Seem Common

    Melissa Klimkiewicz

    The “1,000-year flood” caused by Hurricane Harvey follows two consecutive years of “500-year” floods in Houston, and Houston is not alone. With flood damage and related costs growing at an alarming rate, now may be the time for lenders to re-evaluate their flood risk policies, say Melissa Klimkiewicz and Brandy Hood of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • The Environmental Impact Of Hurricanes: From Sandy To Irma

    Robert Horkovich

    Five years ago, John Nevius of Anderson Kill PC wrote a Law360 article addressing the risks that followed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today, those tasked with assessing and mitigating the enormous destruction wrought by Harvey and Irma will benefit from the late Nevius' analysis, which his colleague Robert Horkovich discusses in this update.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • DC Circ. Ruling Could Change Pipeline Review Procedure

    James Thompson

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may change the environmental review procedure for approving natural gas pipeline projects. If the majority’s ruling stands, pipeline developers will need to ensure that reviews for future projects include a comprehensive greenhouse gas analysis of potential downstream effects, say James Thompson and Katy Larkins of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.