Florida

  • November 22, 2017

    Fla. Panel Reinstates Full $1.5M Verdict For Smoker's Widow

    A smoker's widow will receive the full $1.5 million that a jury awarded in her wrongful death suit against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, as a Florida appeals court said Wednesday the tobacco companies waived rights to a comparative fault reduction by repeatedly telling jurors there would be none.

  • November 22, 2017

    Advanced Disposal Completes $151M Secondary Offering

    Solid waste company Advanced Disposal Services Inc. said Tuesday it has completed an underwritten secondary offering of its stock, allowing affiliates of infrastructure-focused private equity firm Highstar Capital and Brazilian financial firm BTG Pactual to cash in on their stakes in the company to the tune of $151 million.

  • November 22, 2017

    GOP Tax Plan Could Spur More Int'l Investment In South Fla.

    The Republican tax plan currently making its way through Congress could be a mixed bag for South Florida, according to experts who say the corporate tax cut could boost international investment, while a provision reducing the credit for renovating landmark buildings could hit the area's historic districts hard.

  • November 22, 2017

    Florida Sued For Dragging Feet On Medical Pot Licenses

    A plant nursery and a man who has epilepsy have filed suit alleging it’s high time for the Florida Department of Health to comply with a state constitutional amendment requiring it to license more medical marijuana treatment centers, saying the agency’s refusal to do so is depriving patients of necessary medication.

  • November 22, 2017

    Cities And States Brace For Loss Of SALT Deductions

    As the work of reforming the federal tax code took a temporary timeout for Thanksgiving, opponents of legislation that would fully or partly eliminate deductions for state and local taxes didn’t let up in their fight, despite increasingly long odds they would succeed in changing lawmakers' minds when they return from their break.

  • November 22, 2017

    Add 4 New Judges, Cut 13 County Seats: Fla. High Court

    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its annual opinion on the need for new state court judges, calling for two new judges in circuit courts and two more in county courts but also for the decertification of another 13 county court judgeships, based on its analysis and lower courts' requests.

  • November 22, 2017

    VW Can't Duck Suspension Defect Suit After New Claim Filed

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied Volkswagen’s bid to toss a lawsuit over an alleged suspension defect in its CC sedans, finding the motion moot after the proposed class of drivers who launched the suit filed a new complaint the day before that added a number of new claims.

  • November 22, 2017

    Fla. Woman Gets 6.5 Years, Owes $45M For Medicare Fraud

    A Florida woman who was accused of a $45 million Medicare fraud received a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence Tuesday following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in her case last year holding that the government could not freeze untainted assets.

  • November 22, 2017

    Fla. High Court Ruling May Ease Path For Med Mal Suits

    The Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision to sink certain requirements for medical malpractice plaintiffs before they sue will make it easier for patients to bring such cases and shut the door on coordination between accused doctors and other physicians who treated a patient, plaintiffs attorneys say.

  • November 22, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: P3 Investments, Diamond Sinacori, Swire

    Florida developer P3 Investments has reportedly sold a development site for $20.5 million, Boston developer Diamond Sinacori is said to have purchased and subsequently sold a property in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Swire has reportedly leased space in Miami to Interaudi Bank and KPMG.

  • November 21, 2017

    Fla. Hospital Faces FCA Suit Over Alleged Referral Scheme

    A whistleblower is calling out Naples Community Hospital Inc. in Florida federal court for allegedly orchestrating an illegal kickback scheme with physicians who offered patient referrals resulting in millions of fraudulently obtained dollars from Medicare and Medicaid.

  • November 21, 2017

    NY Atty Seeks To Avoid Jail For Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    A New York attorney who pled guilty in August to playing a role in a pump-and-dump scheme urged a Florida federal judge Monday not to send him to jail, saying his crime was inexcusable but “an aberration in an otherwise exceptionally upstanding life.”

  • November 21, 2017

    Gov't Sued Over Fla. Birth That Cost Baby Use Of Her Arm

    The mother of a baby who sustained a permanent arm injury during birth sued the federal government for medical malpractice in Florida federal court, after a public hospital doctor allegedly neglected to deliver the baby via caesarian section.

  • November 21, 2017

    DOJ Cleared To Split Up $350M Shire Deal For Whistleblowers

    A Florida federal judge signed off Monday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s apportionment plans for payouts from a $350 million False Claims Act settlement with biotech company Shire, with two of six whistleblower suits getting more than 95 percent of the proceeds, which must still be tabulated.

  • November 21, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Fisher, Oscar Barbara, Realterm

    Fisher Brothers has reached a deal to lease out 42,336 square feet in New York to private equity shop Global Infrastructure Partners, developer Oscar Barbara is said to have paid $12.6 million for a Florida shopping center and Realterm Logistics has reportedly dropped $16 million on a Florida warehouse.

  • November 21, 2017

    Fla. Hospitals Launch Wide-Ranging Opioid Liability Suit

    Two Florida hospitals on Monday sued a group of pharmacies, drug manufacturers and drug distributors for allegedly contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis by filling suspicious orders or prescriptions and downplaying the risks of the painkillers.

  • November 21, 2017

    Cut In $23M Award Mooted Bid To Vacate, Builder Says

    The International Chamber of Commerce's $5 million reduction of an arbitration award has made a Spanish construction firm's petition to vacate the award moot, the Italian subcontractor who was granted the award for breach of contract on a Guatemala hydroelectric project told a Florida federal court Friday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Fla. Bill Would Give Lawmakers More Power Over Judge Picks

    A Florida legislator filed a bill Monday that would strip the Florida Bar of its role in recommending members to the judicial nominating commission, which proposes nominees for judgeships, and give that power to Senate and House leaders.

  • November 21, 2017

    PE-Backed Cos. Unveil Secondary Offerings Totaling $470M

    Private equity-backed food distribution giant Performance Food Group Co. and software provider Black Knight Inc. priced secondary stock offerings raising a combined $470 million on Tuesday, enabling their private equity shareholders to unload sizable stakes in the companies.

  • November 20, 2017

    Fla. Urges High Court To Turn Away Dish Network’s Tax Suit

    The Florida Department of Revenue has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up Dish Network LLC’s certiorari petition claiming the state’s communication service tax discriminates against satellite in favor of cable providers, saying there has been no split in previous decisions on whether taxing satellite more than cable discriminates against interstate commerce.

Expert Analysis

  • How Shell Companies Launder Money In Luxury Real Estate

    Neil Axler

    The past decade has seen dramatic increases in the purchase prices of luxury residential real estate in New York and Florida as well as in the proportion of properties purchased through shell companies. Law enforcement officials are concerned that foreign criminals may be using the U.S. real estate market to launder dirty money, say attorneys with Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.