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  • September 25, 2018

    BALCA Backs H-2B Visa Denial For Environmental Contractor

    The U.S. Department of Labor refused to certify a Florida environmental contractor to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis, faulting the company in a Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals decision for failing to back up its claim that it needed more landscape workers outside of the summer months.

  • September 25, 2018

    Construction Co. Fights Copyright Suit Over Sandwich Photo

    Construction company Tocci Building Corp. on Tuesday said a Florida-based photography firm is "foreign" to Massachusetts and cannot sue Tocci in Massachusetts federal court for allegedly using, without permission, a copyrighted image of a sandwich to encourage employees to bring packed lunches to job sites.

  • September 24, 2018

    Linkwell Duo Say Investor Hasn't Shown Plot With Sidley

    Two former Linkwell Corp. executives asked a Florida federal judge Friday to slash claims from an investor suit accusing them of conspiring with law firm Sidley Austin LLP to craft a “covert go-private merger,” saying they had already left the company by the time the board approved the deal.

  • September 24, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Hostile Work Claim Based On Racial Slurs

    A former home-care coordinator can pursue claims that she was forced to endure a hostile work environment rampant with racial slurs, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday, saying the alleged one-time use of a particular epithet historically used to demean black people was itself serious enough to allow her claim to be heard by a jury.

  • September 24, 2018

    Fla. High Court Bolsters Policyholders In Bad Faith Cases

    A divided Florida Supreme Court's recent decision reinstating a $9.2 million verdict against Geico over its handling of a fatal car crash claim strengthens policyholders' hand in bad faith cases by emphasizing that an insurer cannot escape liability by merely arguing it had complied with a "checklist" of obligations to its insured.

  • September 24, 2018

    Insurer Says It Needn't Cover Suits Over Fla. Bridge Collapse

    An insurer sued an engineering firm on Monday in Colorado federal court seeking a ruling that it does not have to provide coverage or defend the company in regard to four lawsuits over the deadly collapse in March of a pedestrian bridge it worked on near Miami.

  • September 24, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: MSD, Brookfield, Starwood

    MSD Capital is reportedly buying a Florida hotel from Starwood for likely more than $500 million, Brookfield Asset Management is said to be buying a the PGA National Resort & Spa in Florida for $255 million and Starwood has reportedly sold an office building in Florida for $27.25 million.

  • September 24, 2018

    Hilton Calling System Isn't An Autodialer, Court Says

    Hilton Grand Vacations has won its quick-win bid in a proposed class action alleging that the company bombarded consumers with unwanted robocalls, with a Florida federal judge holding Monday that the woman leading the suit did not show that the calls she received were made using an autodialer.

  • September 24, 2018

    Trusts Can't Revive $101.8M Arbitration Claim At 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday agreed with a lower court's interpretation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's code when it ruled that two offshore trusts could not pursue a $101.8 million arbitration against Canadian brokerage Pictet Overseas Inc.

  • September 24, 2018

    Fla. Atty Tied To Penny Stock Fraud Suspended For 18 Months

    The Florida Supreme Court has hit a Miami lawyer with an 18-month suspension for providing disclosure statements that falsely certified a penny stock company was not under any investigation despite his knowledge of a probe by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • September 24, 2018

    Norwegian Cruise Co. Accused Of Travel Insurance Ruse

    Norwegian Cruise Lines got hit with a proposed class action Friday in Florida federal court alleging the company reaped concealed kickbacks via the sale of travel insurance policies and deceptively marketed the scheme that unfairly passed on the cost of inflated premiums to consumers.

  • September 24, 2018

    Kia HR Rep Who Helped Worker Claim Bias Has Suit Revived

    Businesses may not be able to fire human resources representatives who help co-workers bring discrimination claims against their employers, a split Eleventh Circuit panel said Monday in a published opinion reviving part of an ex-Kia HR rep’s retaliation suit against the company's Georgia plant.

  • September 21, 2018

    Building Supply Co. Escapes Asbestos Suit In Fla.

    A Florida appeals court has released a California construction supply company from a suit alleging its asbestos-containing products gave a Florida man mesothelioma, finding the man and his wife failed to demonstrate the company had sufficient ties to Florida to be sued in the state.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Judge Joins Dickinson Wright In Fort Lauderdale

    Former Judge Jorge J. Perez has joined Dickinson Wright PLLC’s litigation group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he is an oft-appointed receiver in insolvencies and an arbitrator.

  • September 21, 2018

    Miami Beach Restaurant Servers Win Cert. In Tips Suit

    A Florida federal judge has preliminarily certified a class of servers at a Miami Beach restaurant who claim they were forced to share their tips with their employer and were not paid for all hours worked in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 21, 2018

    New EB-5 Fraud Suit Against Fla. Man Targets Condo Project

    A Florida man is once again facing accusations of EB-5 visa program fraud after a group of Chinese investors accused him of stealing their funds after throwing around promises for a condominium development that ultimately remained unimproved and empty, causing their petitions for U.S. residency to be denied.

  • September 21, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Broadcast Music, IDI Logistics, WeWork

    Broadcast Music has reportedly signed a 16-year lease for its 61,390-square-foot Manhattan space, IDI Logistics is said to have landed $16.58 million in financing for a Florida project and WeWork is reportedly leasing 60,000 square feet in New York.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sentencing Delay In $1.6M Pump-And-Dump Frustrates Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday vented her frustration as a man who copped to arranging a $1.6 million pump-and-dump scheme told her hours before he was set to be sentenced that he would not be flying up to Boston for the hearing because he wants to stay in Florida to be with his dying father.

  • September 21, 2018

    GE Unit Wants Full 11th Circ. To Decide $45M Steel Plant Row

    A French unit of General Electric Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revisit its decision finding that an Alabama steel plant owner doesn't have to arbitrate the companies' dispute over allegedly faulty motors, arguing that international arbitration law doesn't preclude non-signatories from enforcing an arbitration agreement.

  • September 21, 2018

    ParkerVision Fights Apple's Bid To Duck Damages In IP Row

    Patent holder ParkerVision Inc. has urged a Florida federal judge not to let Apple Inc. off the hook for damages in its infringement claims against both Apple and Qualcomm Inc., accusing Apple of relying on the "false premise" that the claims apply only to Qualcomm chips inside phones and saying Apple merely buys the devices.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Protecting Florida Medical Plaintiffs’ Access To Courts

    Joe Taraska

    The Florida Supreme Court's recent decision in Morris v. Muniz is intended to help protect the right of victims of medical malpractice to pursue justice. The decision will help to bring the pre-suit investigatory process back to its statutory intent — to weed out frivolous cases, without denying access to the courts for well-founded ones, says Joe Taraska of Morgan & Morgan.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Florida Courts Are Prepared For A New Wave Of Foreclosures

    Victor Petrescu

    For Florida practitioners who experienced the foreclosure crisis that swept through the state beginning in 2008, the recent uptick in foreclosure filings may feel ominous. However, Florida's foreclosure jurisprudence has evolved at an incredible pace, capable of expediting the process tremendously if another crisis arises, says Victor Petrescu of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.