• March 30, 2017

    Fla. Judge Trims Taxi Cos.' Uber, Lyft Monopoly Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday trimmed an amended proposed class action from taxicab license holders alleging Uber and Lyft deceived consumers by misrepresenting their ride-hailing services as safe and compliant with local regulations, but gave the cabbies another chance to bolster some of their antitrust claims.

  • March 30, 2017

    Costa Concordia Salvager Seeks To Escape Debt Suit In Fla.

    An Italian company that performed salvage work on the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia has asserted that a Florida federal court lacked authority to grant a $2.3 million garnishment request by an American barge supplier because none of its property or payments will be in the court's district.

  • March 30, 2017

    Wells Fargo Too Late To Arbitrate Overdraft Fight, Class Says

    Plaintiffs battling Wells Fargo & Co. in a long-running class action over allegedly deceptive overdraft practices on Wednesday told the Eleventh Circuit that the bank missed its chance to order thousands of class members into arbitration.

  • March 30, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Chetrit, Kaneohe Ranch, CW Realty

    A Chetrit Group venture is reportedly looking for as much as $500 million in financing for a South Bronx rental project, Kaneohe Ranch Management has reportedly sold a Miami Marriott and four condos for $38 million and CW Realty Management is said to have dropped $42.5 million on a Brooklyn development site.

  • March 29, 2017

    Zurich Needn’t Cover $15M Injury Verdict, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday that Zurich American Insurance Co. has no duty to cover a shopping center for the personal injury case of a diner employee that resulted in a $15 million verdict, saying the diner’s policy with a different insurer was triggered instead because the injury arose out of maintenance work.

  • March 29, 2017

    CFTC Seeks $8M Against Pastor Who Defrauded Churchgoers

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission told a Florida federal court Wednesday that an $8 million judgment would be appropriate for a convicted pastor and another man who duped churchgoers and their associates into investing $2 million in a fake fund, money which they embezzled.

  • March 29, 2017

    Fla. Bill Could Increase Personal Injury Damages Awards

    A bill that would expand prejudgment interest for prevailing plaintiffs mandatory in all civil suits, including personal injury and wrongful death claims, passed favorably out of a Florida Senate committee Wednesday.

  • March 29, 2017

    Atty Fights 5,000-Word Essay Sanction At 11th Circ.

    An attorney who was ordered to pay legal fees to Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Co. and pen a 5,000-word essay on the consequences of disregarding court orders urged the Eleventh Circuit to undo that punishment, saying Wednesday it came without warning and without cause.

  • March 29, 2017

    SEC Says Fla. Lottery Business Was $4.8M Stock Sale Fraud

    Two Florida men are facing securities fraud charges stemming from allegations they misrepresented to investors how their funds would be used, selling approximately $4.8 million in shares in a purported lottery business while allocating much of the proceeds for paying sales agents and for personal use.

  • March 29, 2017

    Ex-Bankrate Exec Facing Conspiracy, Fraud Charges

    A former vice president for financial services and marketing company Bankrate Inc. was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud and other violations in connection with a yearslong scheme to artificially inflate the company's performance, according to an indictment in Florida federal court on Tuesday,

  • March 29, 2017

    Fla. House Narrowly Passes Judicial Term Limits Bill

    The Florida House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would place an amendment on the ballot next year to limit state appellate and Supreme Court judges to two six-year terms.

  • March 29, 2017

    Insurer Says Sports Org Not Covered For Decades-Old Assault

    Everest National Insurance Co. on Tuesday asked a Florida federal court to rule it does not owe the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States coverage for a suit alleging it allows an accused sexual predator to attend its events, arguing the claims fall outside the AAU’s policy.

  • March 29, 2017

    Florida Jury Hands Ford Win In Trial Over Town Car Air Bag

    A Florida federal jury on Tuesday handed Ford Motor Co. a win when it determined that the auto manufacturer's 2003 Lincoln Town Car was not defectively designed or manufactured, as alleged by a man who was injured when his side passenger air bag failed to deploy.

  • March 29, 2017

    Law Bars Miami Beach Minimum Wage Hike, Judge Says

    Miami Beach’s proposed minimum wage increase was blocked Tuesday by a Florida state judge who determined that it violated a state law prohibiting municipalities from creating wage floors that buck the statewide rate.

  • March 29, 2017

    Insurer Seeks To Deny Covering Hospital Over Cancer Miss

    Admiral Insurance Co. filed suit in Florida federal court Tuesday seeking to deny coverage for a lawsuit claiming a medical center it insures missed a cancer diagnosis, saying the center falsified information when applying for the policy.

  • March 29, 2017

    Andromeda Shipping Row Set For Arbitration, Somewhere

    A Florida federal judge has put a dispute between Internaves de Mexico and several other shipping companies on a course for arbitration, ruling Tuesday that allegations of fraudulent performance could not overcome a preference to arbitrate.

  • March 29, 2017

    CSX, IRS Need Court To Resolve $1.7M Tax Refund Dispute

    Presumptions of a settlement resolving a CSX Corp. bid for a $1.76 million tax refund were premature, the railroad giant and the Internal Revenue Service said jointly Tuesday, asking a Florida federal judge to tackle the dispute directly after already siding with the IRS on a separate issue.

  • March 29, 2017

    Fla. Telecom Owner Gets 6 Years In Int'l Call Fraud Scheme

    A Florida Southern District judge on Monday sentenced the owner of a Florida telecommunications company to more than six years in prison for his role in a scheme in which personal cellphone account information was used to make fraudulent international calls.

  • March 29, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Anbang, Hirschfeld, WeWork

    Anbang Insurance has reportedly backed out of talks with Kushner Cos. for a $7.5 billion Manhattan redevelopment project that includes a hotel and retail, Florida developer Jeronimo Hirschfeld is said to be selling rather than developing a mixed-use project, and WeWork has reportedly leased nearly 95,000 square feet in New York.

  • March 29, 2017

    11th Circ. Won’t Rehear Case Of Ex-Exec Fired For Snooping

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday denied a request for rehearing made by a former executive with furniture manufacturer Brown Jordan International Inc. asking the court to reconsider its ruling siding with the company after it terminated him for accessing co-workers’ emails to report potential problems.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDLs And The High Court

    Alan Rothman

    On the heels of last week’s confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, this month’s column by Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP explores the impact that various high court decisions have had on multidistrict litigation practice, and the statutory role that the Supreme Court plays with respect to the panel and MDLs.

  • Potential Class Cert. Pitfalls Lurking In Local Rules

    Stephen R. Smerek

    Is there a deadline to move for class certification? When is the deadline? Should the parties stipulate to an extension? And, if they do, will the court grant it? Every practitioner must carefully evaluate these questions at the outset of any putative class action to develop a cohesive strategy for addressing certification issues and avoid potential risks hidden in local rules, say Stephen Smerek and Shawn Obi of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Trump's Skinny EPA Budget Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts

    Jim W. Rubin

    A review of President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal suggests that none of his goals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be well-served. In fact, the EPA, states, tribes and other federal agencies would all face serious issues in protecting human health and the environment, says Jim Rubin of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Employer Hope Amid Pending Wage And Hour Law Changes

    Daniel A. Krawiec

    While there is presently a sea of confusion and uncertainty swirling around U.S. Department of Labor overtime exemptions, employers can take solace in the fact that a recent decision from a Florida federal court demonstrates potential jurors are able to understand the proper use of exemptions and apply them fairly and to the benefit of employers accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, says Daniel Krawiec of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.