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  • January 16, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: SME, JP Morgan Asset Management, IDS

    SME Capital Ventures is reportedly nearing a deal to buy a New York apartment building for $22 million, a venture of JP Morgan Asset Management could get more than $90 million with the sale of a Chicago apartment tower and an IDS Real Estate venture is seeking $280 million for a new Los Angeles-area office property.

  • January 16, 2019

    Bill Roundup: H-2B Cap Relief, Heightened Asylum Standards

    In the opening days of the new Congress, lawmakers introduced legislation tackling H-2B temporary non-agricultural visas, sanctuary city policies, asylum standards, and alternatives to immigration detention. Here, Law360 examines their proposals.

  • January 16, 2019

    Justices Weigh 21st Amendment's Scope In Wine Sales Case

    On Wednesday, 100 years to the day after the United States ratified a constitutional amendment making alcohol sales illegal, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a referendum on the scope of the amendment that made it legal once more and gave individual states broad discretion to regulate the industry.

  • January 16, 2019

    Drugmakers Aim To Bump Delinquent Plaintiffs In Abilify MDL

    Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals asked a Florida federal judge Wednesday to require more than 550 plaintiffs to show why their claims should not be dismissed in the multidistrict legislation over the antipsychotic drug Abilify's side effects after they failed to submit plaintiff profile forms.

  • January 16, 2019

    Rubio Proposes Privacy Bill That Overrides State Data Laws

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Wednesday introduced a national data privacy bill that would give Congress, not the Federal Trade Commission, the ability to write federal privacy rules — and which would override stringent state regulations.

  • January 16, 2019

    Fla. Tribe, Member Ask Justices To Rule On Gambling Tax Row

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and a member have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an Eleventh Circuit decision that the member owes taxes on tribal payments the federal government contended were derived from casino revenue.

  • January 16, 2019

    Dairy Makers Get Tolling Args Tossed From Milk Price Suit

    A Florida federal judge handed a win to Land O'Lakes and other dairy makers in a suit brought by a pair of grocery chains alleging the dairies drove up the price of milk, saying that the statute of limitations should not be paused.

  • January 16, 2019

    Becker & Poliakoff Launches Opportunity Zone Practice

    Becker & Poliakoff PA has launched a multidisciplinary opportunity zone practice to help clients navigate investing in the new low-income zones established by the 2017 tax reform law, the firm announced.

  • January 16, 2019

    11th Circ. Won't Send Divorced Man's Kids To Switzerland

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Georgia federal court’s determination that a German man may not have his children returned to Switzerland, as his divorce agreement authorized their mother to take them to the United States.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-NFL Player's Bid For Injury Benefits Denied By Fla. Judge

    Former NFL defensive lineman Darren Mickell’s yearslong suit against the league’s retirement plan hit a brick wall on Tuesday, after a Florida federal court denied his bid to overturn the plan’s decision that he didn’t qualify for certain disability benefits.

  • January 16, 2019

    CBP Escapes Suit Over Falsifying Gay Asylum Seeker's Docs

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a gay Mexican man’s suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of denying his bid for asylum after failing to give him a chance to present his fear-based claims and falsified paperwork for his deportation, ruling that the court has no jurisdiction in the case.

  • January 16, 2019

    Fla. Medical Spa Hit With TCPA Suit Over Unwanted Texts

    A Miami-area medical spa was hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Florida federal court, alleging that it sent unwanted telemarketing text messages, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 15, 2019

    Oxbow Carbon Must Pay Up In Chancery Records Dispute

    A Delaware vice chancellor ordered Oxbow Carbon LLC to pay $60,000 in fees to minority investors who won an order compelling the sale of William Koch’s multibillion-dollar energy company and then sued for records on its payments to the founder's personal attorney at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • January 15, 2019

    Hunton Andrews DQ Bid Under Fire In Crash Coverage Suit

    Ranger Construction Industries Inc. slammed Allied World National Assurance Co.'s bid to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for allegedly using inadvertently disclosed confidential documents in a pending case, saying Tuesday the insurer is trying to turn its own errors into a "reason to rob Ranger of its chosen counsel."

  • January 15, 2019

    11th Circ. Jettisons NASA Worker’s Army Base Injury Award

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday vacated an injury award in a suit blaming the federal government for injuries a NASA civilian employee suffered in an auto collision due to a U.S. Army base security guard’s alleged negligence, saying the government is immune to liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

  • January 15, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Rilea, Pan Am Equities, LIT Industrial

    Rilea Group has reportedly bought part of a Florida shopping center for $10.37 million, Pan Am Equities is said to have purchased a New York apartment building for $90 million, and LIT Industrial reportedly picked up a Miami warehouse from Tropical Shipping for $32.6 million.

  • January 15, 2019

    Miami Atty Humiliated Ex-Partner, Ethics Complaint Says

    The Florida Bar filed an ethics complaint Monday against Miami-area divorce attorney Daniel Kaplan, saying he disparaged and humiliated other attorneys, including in connection with a legal dispute with his former partner Eduardo Rasco, and violated a related court order.

  • January 15, 2019

    Florida's GrayRobinson Picks Up DC Lobbying Firm

    GrayRobinson PA is acquiring Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Eris Group LLC, extending the Florida firm’s lobbying capabilities beyond the state and helping it serve clients at a federal level, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2019

    Group Owes SEC $6.6M In Woodbridge Securities Probe

    Three people and two companies owe the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission more than $6.6 million after a Florida federal judge on Monday entered judgment against them for allegedly selling unregistered securities of Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, which collapsed last year after the SEC charged it with running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

  • January 15, 2019

    3 Firms Shepherd $275M Deal For PE-Backed AppRiver

    Security technology company Zix Corp. has agreed to buy cloud-based cybersecurity services provider AppRiver from private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for $275 million in cash, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal steered by Baker Botts LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • 5 Lessons From State AGs' HIPAA Data Breach Suit

    Hanley Chew

    The allegations in State of Indiana v. Medical Informatics Engineering — the first federal lawsuit filed by multiple state attorneys general over a data breach based upon alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations — provide some guidance on adequate network security, say Hanley Chew and Tyler Newby of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • 21st Amendment Vs. Commerce Clause At The High Court

    Alva Mather

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, highlighting the conflict between states’ rights to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment and the restrictions in the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause on states’ power to regulate interstate commerce, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Grapple With Proliferation Of E-Scooters

    David Royse

    As state legislators return to session this year, many face a new issue: the explosion of e-scooters on city streets. Municipal officials scrambling to evaluate the legality of the rental scooters are seeking policy guidance at the state level, says David Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.