Florida

  • October 05, 2022

    Carnival Slams Bid To 'Halt The Madness' In Brain Injury Suit

    Carnival is fighting a passenger's bid to "halt the madness" as the parties prepare for a new trial in a Florida federal court suit claiming the man sustained a traumatic brain injury when a fold-out bed fell on his head, saying it simply wants to use the bed as evidence and sanctions are not warranted.

  • October 05, 2022

    11th Circ. Precedent Up For Debate In Guatemala Award Fight

    The Eleventh Circuit will reconsider its precedent barring courts from vacating international arbitral awards rendered in the U.S. under broader domestic standards, after it vacated its decision upholding an arbitral award relating to an ill-fated Guatemalan power plant construction project on Wednesday.

  • October 05, 2022

    Patients Urge Fla. Court To Review New Zantac Cancer Study

    Several patients suing GlaxoSmithKline in multidistrict litigation over its Zantac heartburn medication have filed an expedited motion urging a judge to consider a new study that may show a connection between four types of cancer and the drug's main ingredient.

  • October 05, 2022

    11th Circ. Vacates Poll Book Ruling In Ga. Election Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday vacated a ruling requiring the state of Georgia to print paper poll book backups after early voting has concluded, finding that the state's current procedures do not "severely burden the right to vote," so they must be left to policymakers, not the court.

  • October 05, 2022

    3M Asks 11th Circ. To Reverse Injunction In Earplug MDL

    3M Co. is asking the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a Florida judge's ruling barring it from using its subsidiary's Chapter 11 filing to relitigate decisions made in multidistrict litigation over its allegedly faulty earplugs, calling the decision an unprecedented overreach.

  • October 05, 2022

    Bank Investor Wants Maduro-Connected Board Members Out

    A majority shareholder of Florida's Eastern National Bank is seeking to oust board members with ties to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who allegedly devised a self-enriching stock compensation plan, adding that the bank's operations could cease over $20 million in losses stemming from a U.S. government investigation.

  • October 05, 2022

    Subscribers Look To Combine 11th Circ. BCBS Deal Appeals

    The Eleventh Circuit should consolidate and expedite four overlapping appeals filed by a small subgroup of subscribers challenging an Alabama federal court's approval of a $2.67 billion class award settlement in multidistrict litigation against Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers, a group of pro-settlement subscribers told the court Wednesday.

  • October 05, 2022

    Law Profs Support Fight Against Florida Anti-Sanctuary Law

    A group of law professors has urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a federal district judge's finding that parts of a Florida state law banning "sanctuary" immigration policies were unconstitutional, insisting that the lower court correctly held that the provisions were enacted with discriminatory intent.

  • October 05, 2022

    Carnival Had No Notice In Slip-And-Fall Suit, 11th Circ. Says

    A Carnival cruise ship passenger who said he slipped while walking down glass stairs can't revive a negligence suit because he didn't show that the company knew or should have known about a hazard, the Eleventh Circuit said Tuesday.

  • October 05, 2022

    GrayRobinson Shareholder Jumps To Quarles & Brady In Fla.

    A shareholder at GrayRobinson PA has jumped to the Naples, Florida, office of Quarles & Brady LLP to serve as a partner in its estate, trust and wealth preservation practice group.

  • October 05, 2022

    11th Circ. Fast-Tracks DOJ's Appeal Of Trump Special Master

    The Eleventh Circuit agreed Wednesday to expedite the government's appeal of a Florida federal judge's decision to appoint a special master to screen documents seized at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

  • October 05, 2022

    Holtzman Vogel Adds Ex-DeSantis Deputy GC In Tallahassee

    Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC has picked up a former deputy general counsel to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a senior associate in its Tallahassee office.

  • October 04, 2022

    Jury Rejects Claim UMiami Fired Exec To Bury Fraud Probe

    A Florida federal jury on Tuesday rejected a former University of Miami compliance officer's claims that he was terminated for his refusal to shut down an investigation into the school's practice of overcharging Medicare.

  • October 04, 2022

    11th Circ. Upholds Disney's Win In Patron's Autism-Bias Suit

    Walt Disney Parks can keep its bench trial win ending an autism-bias suit, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday, finding that a Florida federal judge didn't err in determining that the plaintiff's request for unlimited access to "FastPass" lines for Disney's rides wasn't necessary to accommodate his disability.

  • October 04, 2022

    Feds Want To Argue Seminole Sports Betting Suit Alone

    The D.C. Circuit should revive an overturned gaming pact allowing the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to sports betting across Florida — but not for the reasons outlined by the Seminole Tribe, federal authorities argued in a Monday brief.

  • October 04, 2022

    Fla. Doctor Pleads Guilty To Charge In $681M Fraud Scheme

    A Palm Beach County, Florida, doctor pled guilty Tuesday to operating a $681 million scheme to bill for fraudulent tests and treatments for vulnerable patients seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

  • October 04, 2022

    Ian Renews Calls For Better Building, Flood Management

    Hurricane Ian's devastating effects across southwest Florida have renewed calls for stronger building codes and resiliency measures that could allow households to better withstand natural disasters and avoid frequently uninsured damages like flooding.

  • October 04, 2022

    Fla. Seeks Trial Over Alleged US Policy Not To Detain Migrants

    Florida pushed for a trial to resolve its contention that the Biden administration has a policy of releasing immigrants subject to detention, but asked a federal judge to first declare that the state has standing to challenge the alleged policy.

  • October 04, 2022

    ITG Liable For Reynolds' Fla. Tobacco Deal Payments

    A Delaware vice chancellor has ruled that ITG Brands LLC assumed liability for payments to Florida under a 1997 settlement over cigarette advertising when it bought four brands from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and is responsible for most of the more than $170 million owed to the state.

  • October 04, 2022

    Trump Asks High Court To Intervene In Mar-A-Lago Docs Case

    Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and reverse an Eleventh Circuit order that allowed the U.S. Department of Justice to review classified documents seized from his Florida resort and residence, arguing that the appellate court lacks jurisdiction.

  • October 04, 2022

    Fla. Condo's Multimillion Irma Bad Faith Suit Stays Alive

    A Florida condo association can continue with its bad-faith suit against an AIG unit over coverage for millions of dollars of damage from Hurricane Irma, a Florida judge decided Tuesday.

  • October 04, 2022

    In A First, McDonald Hopkins Splits President Duties

    For the first time in its 92-year history, Cleveland-based business law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC has two leaders at its helm, a move its new co-presidents say allows them to continue their practices while taking on additional managerial duties.

  • October 04, 2022

    MVP: Fox Rothschild's Sean Coyle

    Sean Coyle of Fox Rothschild LLP spearheaded Trulieve Cannabis Corp.'s $2.1 billion purchase of Harvest Health & Recreation, creating the country's most profitable multistate cannabis operator and earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis MVPs.

  • October 04, 2022

    11th Circ. Says Narrow EEOC Charge Dooms USPS Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit refused to revive a suit from an ex-U.S. Postal Service worker who said the agency canned him for complaining about race and disability bias, saying his U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge didn't lay the groundwork for a retaliation claim.

  • October 04, 2022

    Conservationists Say Miami Water Park Threatens Habitat

    Two conservation groups and a resident argued Tuesday that Miami-Dade County breached a voter referendum with its June decision to allow a developer to build a hotel and water park on land that's home to a series of endangered species and rare plants.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting The Scope Of Representation Is Critical For Lawyers

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    A Mississippi federal court's recent decision in Kee v. Howard L. Nations PC highlights the importance of well-written engagement letters, and shows why it is vital for attorneys to specify exactly which services they intend to supply, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • The Lawyer Personalities That Make Up Joint Interest Groups

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    As multiparty litigation rises and forces competing law firms to work together, George Reede at Zelle looks at the different personalities — from tactful synthesizers to misguided Don Quixotes — that often make up joint representation groups, and how lawyers can overcome the tensions in these and other team settings.

  • Attys Shouldn't Assume Judicial Critique Is Protected Speech

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    As it becomes more commonplace to see criticism of the judiciary in the media, licensed attorneys are well advised to remember that they may have less freedom than nonlawyers to make protected speech critical of the judiciary, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • High Court Likely To Review Social Media Speech Censorship

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    In light of the circuit split on whether two state laws intended to prohibit social media platforms from censoring speech violate the First Amendment — and Justice Samuel Alito's recent dissent in support of U.S. Supreme Court review — it's very probable that at least one of the laws at issue will head to the high court, say attorneys at Cahill Gordon.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Making The Argument For A Meaningful Sentence Reduction

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    As a recent case in Florida federal court shows, when a criminal defendant accepts responsibility but still faces a sentencing guideline that exceeds a statutory cap, counsel should rely on Eleventh Circuit precedent to argue in favor of a meaningful reduction of prison time, say Joseph DeMaria and Marissa Kingman at Fox Rothschild.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • 11th Circ. Ruling Emphasizes Article III Struggles After Spokeo

    The Eleventh Circuit's element-comparison test in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection to determine when intangible harm meets Article III standing sparked a sharp divide in the court, showing the struggle with this analysis will likely continue in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo v. Robins decision, say attorneys at Hinshaw & Culbertson.

  • Considerations For Interstate Travel For Abortion Post-Dobbs

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    Due to the patchwork of state laws regarding the legality of abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, it's important to consider the state of current and potential laws about traveling for abortion services, say Virginia Bell Flynn and Tina Safi Felahi at Troutman Pepper.

  • Precautions For New Wave Of Digital Privacy Class Actions

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    Consumer class actions attempting to expand existing laws to cover new online activities have recently targeted companies that use source code-based tools on their websites to interact with visitors — emphasizing the importance of transparency about information collection, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • The Murky Status Of TCPA Standing In The 11th Circ.

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    The Eleventh Circuit's lack of clarity regarding Telephone Consumer Protection Act standing, which it acknowledged in its recent Drazen v. Pinto decision, may be rooted in a number of cases involving different subsections of the TCPA, say Aaron Weiss and Charles Throckmorton at Carlton Fields.

  • What's At Stake In Court Split Over Foreign Bribery Charges

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    Texas and Florida federal courts recently reached opposite conclusions on the extraterritorial application of U.S. money laundering laws in foreign bribery prosecutions, and if the Fifth Circuit upholds the Texas court’s reasoning, the U.S. Department of Justice could lose a significant enforcement tool, say James Koukios and Heather Han at MoFo.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

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