Florida

  • October 18, 2021

    Lin Wood Asks 11th Circ. To Recuse Judge From Bar Suit

    Right-wing attorney L. Lin Wood is asking the Eleventh Circuit to recuse a federal judge who dismissed his challenge to the Georgia state bar's efforts to have him undergo a mental health evaluation, and wants the lawsuit reinstated.

  • October 17, 2021

    Wilson Sonsini Scores Win In Paramilitary Assassination Case

    Over two decades after a paramilitary group killed a local community leader in Colombia, attorneys with Wilson Sonsini and the Center for Justice & Accountability secured a "measure of justice" for the victim: a landmark ruling holding a paramilitary leader liable for his death. It was the first time a U.S. court acknowledged the support of the Colombian government for paramilitary groups that carried out human rights violations.

  • October 15, 2021

    Skin Care Co. Ordered To Pay $2.3M For Copied Packaging

    A Florida federal judge has ordered a skin care company to pay a rival $2.3 million after a jury found the business ripped off copyrighted text and design elements for its anti-aging cream packaging.

  • October 15, 2021

    Nursing Home Chain Gets OK For $25M In Ch. 11 Financing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said she will sign off on a nursing home chain's $25 million Chapter 11 financing package from its primary landlord as buyers are sought for the company's 28 facilities in three states.

  • October 15, 2021

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Class In Robinhood MDL

    A Florida federal judge appointed the Rosen Law Firm PA on Friday to lead multidistrict litigation that alleges stock-trading app Robinhood caused more than $10 billion in market capitalization losses after its customers were hit in January with trading restrictions on certain stocks.

  • October 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Denies Strip Club's Bid For Extended Alcohol Sales

    The Eleventh Circuit denied a former Atlanta-area strip club's efforts to extend the hours when it can sell alcohol, saying the club doesn't have a vested right to serve drinks into the wee hours despite a city ordinance barring late-night sales.

  • October 15, 2021

    Ex-Nevada AG Tells Of Hounding Parnas For Campaign Cash

    Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt took the witness stand Friday in the campaign finance trial of Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and his former business partner, telling jurors of how he badgered a "clownish" Parnas for cash in the final days of his failed gubernatorial campaign.

  • October 15, 2021

    Polo Star Wants Court To Block Sales Of Cloned Horse

    An Argentine polo star renewed his request Friday for a Florida federal court to block a Texas geneticist from cloning his horse and selling it, arguing that discovery has produced new information about the geneticist's plans to sell more clones.

  • October 15, 2021

    Fla. CBD Co. Says Ex-Partner Hijacked Biz With Armed Goons

    Florida CBD company Nature Consulting LLC has sued a former owner for allegedly staging an armed takeover of the company and its operations while its chairman was out of the country.

  • October 15, 2021

    DOJ Unveils 3 Settlements, $20M Neuro-Stimulator Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has announced three False Claims Act settlements worth a combined $1.35 million and a new complaint against a Kansas chiropractor and his company as part of a national investigation into schemes to improperly bill the U.S. government for electro-acupuncture devices.

  • October 15, 2021

    IRS Plan To Force Small Account Reporting Illegal, 20 AGs Say

    The Internal Revenue Service's proposal to require banks and other financial institutions to report information on every account with at least $600 is illegal under constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, 20 state attorneys general told the agency Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Student Debtors Lose Fla. Fraud Cases — For Now

    A federal judge has dismissed three consolidated cases accusing a student debt relief operation of fraud and racketeering but left the door open for debtors to file an amended complaint, while permanently dismissing malpractice claims against Florida law firm Berger Singerman over its role in the creation of the alleged scam.

  • October 15, 2021

    3 Firms Construct SPAC Deal For $2.6B Philippines Casino

    The parent of Philippines-based casino and luxury resort Okada Manila will merge with a special-purpose acquisition vehicle in a transaction that features an enterprise value of $2.6 billion and was built by Baker McKenzie, Milbank and Schulte Roth, the companies said Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Starwood Snags More Than $10B For New Real Estate Fund

    Starwood Capital Group has wrapped up its 12th opportunistic real estate fund after hitting its hard cap with more than $10 billion in capital commitments from limited partners, representing the largest fundraise in firm history, Starwood said Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Reed Smith Moving Miami Office Downtown For Future Growth

    Reed Smith is moving its Miami office to more than 22,000 square feet in the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami.

  • October 14, 2021

    11th Circ. Denies Lin Wood's Sanctions Bid Against Ga. Bar

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday shot down a sanctions bid from controversial right-wing attorney L. Lin Wood Jr., who'd accused State Bar of Georgia disciplinary board members of "frivolously" trying to dismiss his challenge to their request that he undergo a mental health evaluation.

  • October 14, 2021

    11th Circ. Affirms Gov't Seizure Of Funds Tied To Visa Scam

    An Eleventh Circuit panel in a published opinion Wednesday backed the federal government's move to seize the funds of Chinese nationals embroiled in an immigration scam, as well as holding that the foreign nationals did not have their due process rights violated.

  • October 14, 2021

    Nursing Home Arbitration Not Unfair, Fla. Court Says

    A Florida state appeals panel tossed claims that an assisted living facility in St. Petersburg abused a former patient, finding that the plaintiff's "scattershot" arguments can't overcome an arbitration agreement signed by the woman's daughter upon admission into the facility.

  • October 14, 2021

    Parnas Jury Sees Barrage Of Trump-World Photos

    Jurors in the campaign finance trial of former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and his former business partner Andrey Kukushkin on Thursday saw numerous photos of people in the case posing with former President Donald Trump and others in his orbit, pictures taken as the alleged conspirators sought political support to set up a legal cannabis business.

  • October 14, 2021

    Cookware Firm Says Warranties Should Block Defect Suits

    A Pennsylvania-based cookware company pointed repeatedly to its "lifetime warranty" Thursday as reason to dismiss several cases from federal multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective pots and pans.

  • October 14, 2021

    Florida High Court Rules Traffic Ticket App Is Practicing Law

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that defunct traffic ticket defense startup TIKD Services LLC was engaged in the unlicensed practice of law and blocked it from restarting operations in Florida. 

  • October 14, 2021

    Fla. Man Admits Faking 21 Virus Loan Applications

    A Florida man who received nearly $4.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans by lying about his purported businesses in nearly two dozen applications pled guilty Wednesday in New Jersey federal court to wire fraud and money laundering.

  • October 14, 2021

    Fla. High Court Passes On Discovery Disparity Question

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed denials of two personal injury defendants' bids to block disclosure about their attorneys' or insurers' financial relationships with medical expert witnesses, but the justices declined to address the lower courts' questions of whether a 2017 ruling has unfairly resulted in defendants being treated differently than plaintiffs.

  • October 14, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: DR Horton, Harbor Group, Starwood REIT

    DR Horton has reportedly paid $20.33 million for a Florida development site, Harbor Group International is said to have scored $558 million in CMBS financing for a New York office tower, and a Starwood Real Estate Income Trust fund has reportedly paid $386.7 million for a Florida apartment complex.

  • October 14, 2021

    Purdue Ch. 11 Plan Challenges Won't Hit 2nd Circ. Right Away

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied a motion from parties appealing the confirmation of Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan to bypass the normal appellate channels and bring their arguments directly to the Second Circuit.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

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    Criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann argues that law schools have an obligation to address widespread racial and economic disparities in the U.S. legal system by mandating first-year coursework on criminal justice reform that educates on prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, defense 101 and more.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • What Fla. DNA Privacy Law Means For Health Care Providers

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    Florida's new Protecting DNA Privacy Act clarifies protections for individuals' genetic information and is more stringent than federal law in some ways, so health care providers with patients in Florida may need to revisit their DNA collection and analysis processes, say David Peloquin and Elana Bengualid Harary at Ropes & Gray.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • After Ida, A Look At Sandy's Flood Insurance Lessons

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    The flood insurance experience gained in connection with Superstorm Sandy can offer valuable lessons to those that have suffered a flood loss from the recent Hurricane Ida, and can guide others before and after the next storm, say Lee Epstein and Matthew Goldstein at Flaster Greenberg.

  • Opinion

    Federal Courts Make 2 Basic Errors In Virus Coverage Rulings

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    Many federal courts deciding dispositive motions in COVID-19 business interruption coverage cases are neglecting fundamental precepts of civil procedure by acting as fact-finders or failing to defer to forum state decisions, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Overlooked Patent Cases: Foreign Activity Liability, Damages

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    Patentees should be aware that a trend from recent, potentially overlooked district court cases — recovery of damages for foreign sales based on domestic patent infringement — brings with it unique challenges, like pleading requirements for exported software, and unique opportunities, like the availability of burden shifting, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • How Florida Borrowers Can Reduce Mortgage Taxes

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    The steady growth of Florida development activity involving apartments, retail centers, office buildings and other projects has been accompanied by a corresponding rise in transaction taxes, but there are some strategies that borrowers can employ to reduce mortgage taxes when buying or refinancing, says Gary Kaleita at Lowndes.

  • Opinion

    The DOJ Should Ramp Up FCA Focus In PPP Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice should utilize qui tam actions more in its Paycheck Projection Program enforcement efforts, both to maintain credibility with whistleblowers and to leverage the False Claims Act's lower burden of proof, which makes settlements easier to reach than criminal convictions, say R. Scott Oswald and Lydia Pappas at the Employment Law Group.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

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