Florida

  • January 19, 2017

    Alleged Ringleader Pleads Guilty In $175M Health Fraud

    The alleged ringleader of a scheme that used call centers and kickbacks to generate bogus prescriptions and bilk government and private insurers for $175 million pled guilty Thursday in Florida federal court.

  • January 19, 2017

    Fla. AG Files Water Chemical Antitrust Suit In NJ

    Florida's attorney general filed an antitrust suit in New Jersey federal court Thursday that accuses liquid aluminum sulfate producers of conspiring to restrain trade and drive up prices on the chemical, which is used by public entities for water treatment and by companies to make pulp and paper.

  • January 19, 2017

    In The Polarized Era Of Trump, BigLaw Searches For Balance

    The alignment of law firms with or against the new administration in legal battles to come could open rifts among attorneys and clients. But the publicity earned for taking on a potentially unpopular case could ultimately be worth any public fallout.

  • January 19, 2017

    Rolling Back Regulation In The Age Of Trump

    The incoming president’s plans to rein in the power of federal agencies will lead to uncertainty for lawyers and their clients as pending investigations and rulemaking are stopped in their tracks.

  • January 19, 2017

    Most Influential Judges On Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

    A new look at the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees’ rulings reveals a ranking of judicial influence with some surprises at the top — and at the bottom.

  • January 19, 2017

    The Lawyer Who Will Shape Trump’s Presidency

    Jones Day’s Donald McGahn is stepping into the role of White House counsel, a powerful but little-understood position that has a strong history of impacting the president’s authority.

  • January 19, 2017

    Fla. Insurance Regulator Says State Farm Data Isn't Protected

    Florida's insurance regulator asked a state appeals court Thursday to reverse a decision declaring data from State Farm's residential insurance policies trade secrets exempt from public disclosure, arguing that the numbers had never been considered secret before 2014.

  • January 19, 2017

    GrayRobinson Adds Partner, Business Contingency Practice

    GrayRobinson PA is taking an innovative approach with its latest hire, adding a veteran litigator who is launching a business contingency litigation practice at the full-service Florida law firm.

  • January 19, 2017

    Shipping Cos. Ask For Pause In Suit Over Charter Breach

    A group of shipping companies and affiliates accused of breaching a charter agreement urged a Florida judge on Thursday to pause their Mexican accuser's suit while the judge considers their bid to force arbitration in London, an effort aimed at saving costs as a June trial in the litigation looms.

  • January 19, 2017

    Ford Scores $531K Judgment Against Indebted Ohio Dealer

    Ford Motor Co. on Thursday won a $531,000 judgment against the owner of a now closed Ohio dealership for failing to pay back a loan given out through the automaker’s credit arm, when a Florida federal judge ruled Ford won by default after the owner never responded to the suit.

  • January 19, 2017

    Weiss Serota Adds 3rd So. Fla. Office In Boca Raton

    Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman PL has opened a new office in Boca Raton, its third in South Florida, to better service its municipal clients in Palm Beach County, the firm announced earlier this month.

  • January 19, 2017

    FPL Wants State's Review Of Nuclear Plant Plans Stayed

    Florida Power & Light Co. has asked the Florida Supreme Court to delay further state review of its plans to build two nuclear generating units south of Miami while the high court considers whether to review an appeals court's reversal of the state's prior approval.

  • January 19, 2017

    Western Union Cops To Allowing Fraud, Will Forfeit $586M

    Western Union Co. must forfeit $586 million after admitting to violating the Bank Secrecy Act and other anti-fraud laws by allowing fraud to proceed even after red flags were raised at the company or the fraud should have reasonably been detected, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • January 19, 2017

    Fla. Judge Seeks Clarity On Garnishing Unconfirmed Awards

    A Florida federal magistrate judge on Wednesday asked a unit of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and a juice company whose debt to a pineapple grower Del Monte is trying to intercept to search far and wide for any cases that address whether unconfirmed arbitral awards can serve as the basis for debt garnishment.

  • January 19, 2017

    Feds Say Sports Agent Trying To Distract In Smuggling Trial

    The U.S. government asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to bar a sports agent who allegedly participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S. from distracting the jury by impeaching the law enforcement investigation against him.

  • January 19, 2017

    Wal-Mart's Bike Assembly Causes Injuries, Buyer Says

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was smacked Wednesday with a proposed class action in Florida federal court looking to hold the mega-retailer liable for at least $5 million in damages caused to consumers who were allegedly injured due to the “sloppy” in-store assembly of bicycles.

  • January 18, 2017

    Fla. Sues RJR For Stopping Payments Under Tobacco Deal

    Florida's attorney general said Wednesday that the state has stopped receiving annual tobacco settlement payments for the Winston, Kool and Salem cigarette brands since R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. sold them to ITG Brands LLC for $7 billion.

  • January 18, 2017

    11th Circ. Hands Kardashians Loss In Pun-Packed Opinion

    The Kardashian sisters lost a motion to compel arbitration at the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday when a panel in a pun-laced opinion full of wrinkles, blushes and style agreed that a district court rightfully denied their bid to arbitrate with Kroma Makeup EU LLC in a trademark infringement suit.

  • January 18, 2017

    Fraud Conviction Stands, But Atty Wins $13M Penalty Review

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld an attorney's conviction for conspiring with former NFL player Willie Gault to inflate a heart-monitor company's stock but vacated $13.2 million in restitution in his sentence, finding the calculations were based on insufficient evidence and failed to consider intervening events.

  • January 18, 2017

    Duane Morris Adds Partners In Miami, Chicago

    Duane Morris LLP has added a former McDermott Will & Emery LLP litigator and international arbitration expert in Miami and a former Locke Lord LLP corporate partner in Chicago, the firm announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Need For A Limitations Period In SEC Disgorgement

    Daniel McCaughey

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kokesh to review whether civil enforcement claims brought by the SEC for the remedy of disgorgement are subject to any statute of limitations. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP examine the significance of the statute of limitations question, especially for private equity firms.

  • A Federal Crackdown On Tax Zapper Software

    Matthew Lee

    Revenue suppression or “tax zapper” programs delete some or all of a restaurant’s cash transactions and then reconcile the books of the business, lowering the firm's tax bill. States have battled zappers for years, but the case of United States v. John Yin, filed last month in the Western District of Washington, shows federal authorities are now joining the fight, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • Trump's EPA: Be Careful What You Wish For

    Mitchell J. Klein

    Trying to prognosticate what President-elect Donald Trump will do is very difficult. But assuming he does seek to implement change at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if it's perceived as backing off of environmental enforcement, private parties will step in and cases will likely be even more expensive, more problematic and more unreasonable than those brought by the EPA and the states, says Mitchell Klein of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Telemedicine: The Link To New Value-Based Payment Models

    Sabrina R. Gallo

    In the health care industry, both governmental and private payers are trying to move away from traditional fee-for-service payment models in favor of models based on quality or value. Telemedicine is one of the simplest and most cost-efficient methods by which to meet the objectives of the evolving payment model landscape, says Sabrina R. Gallo of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.