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Florida

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. High Court Gets 'Like' From Attys On Facebook Decision

    The Florida Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that the mere existence of a Facebook friendship between a judge and litigator is not grounds for disqualification drew a “like" from attorneys who applauded the court for a narrow ruling that acknowledges the realities of social media relationships.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. High Court Nominee Process Can Continue, Justices Say

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's Judicial Nominating Commission, which is screening candidates for three soon-to-open seats on the high court, can continue with the process and does not have to wait until January to send names to the incoming governor.

  • November 16, 2018

    SEC Fights 1 Global Ex-CEO's Bid To Toss $287M Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fired back at the former CEO of 1 Global Capital LLC’s attempt to “escape the consequences of his actions” on Friday, saying his bid to toss a $287 million fraud suit is based on “inaccurate and incomplete facts, incorrect legal standards and infirm legal arguments.”

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge Won't Remove Gov. From Election Oversight

    A Florida federal judge declined late Thursday to remove Gov. Rick Scott from overseeing the election recount process but said he was putting the governor, who is also a candidate in the close race for a U.S. Senate seat, on notice after rhetoric about fraud and stolen elections.

  • November 16, 2018

    First Citizens Buys Fla.-Based Bank Biscayne In $115M Deal

    First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. on Friday said it will pay $115 million to acquire Biscayne Bancshares Inc., allowing the Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered bank to add additional depth in the Florida market.

  • November 16, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: SJP, Baptist Hospital Of Miami, Beacon

    SJP Properties has reportedly leased 19,000 square feet in New York to Berry Appleman & Leiden, Baptist Hospital of Miami is said to have dropped $11.34 million on multiple office buildings, and Beacon Capital is reportedly buying a Los Angeles-area office tower from Piedmont Office Realty Trust for $160 million.

  • November 16, 2018

    Miami Marlins, Ex-Cheerleader Strike A Deal In OT Row

    Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins and the former cheerleader who filed a suit alleging the team owed him overtime pay have asked a Florida federal judge to approve a confidential settlement of the case.

  • November 16, 2018

    Miami Roofing Co. Slapped With FLSA Overtime Suit

    An employee hit a Miami roofing material and supply distributor and its president with an overtime collective action in Florida federal court on Thursday, accusing them of bilking him out of overtime owed to him under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge Told To Step Aside Over Prosecutor Past

    The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a trial court judge should have recused herself from hearing a post-conviction motion by a man on death row, noting that she had been one of several prosecutors collaborating on death penalty cases at the time he was convicted.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Boutique Firm Gains 2 New Hires In Miami

    Mark Migdal & Hayden has grown its bench with the addition of a former Berger Singerman LLP partner and a former Genovese Joblove & Battista PA associate who bring experience handling real estate matters and bankruptcy proceedings and representing clients in the fields of franchise law and international arbitration.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge To Be Reprimanded Over Recommendation Letter

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved a public reprimand for a Miami judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme.

  • November 15, 2018

    Deja Vu: Recount Veterans Back At It In Florida

    The recount gang is back together, as attorneys who cut their teeth on the 2000 Bush v. Gore recount in Florida are now at it again in the three statewide recounts currently underway that attorneys hope will proceed more smoothly than the last time, thanks to legislative reforms enacted as a response to the 2000 election. Here’s a look at the key players and their legal teams in the Florida recount battle of 2018.

  • November 15, 2018

    Nelson Sues To Get Full Hand Recount In Palm Beach County

    Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sued Palm Beach County Thursday afternoon to demand that it hand count all of its ballots after the county failed to meet the deadline for machine recounts and a judge declined to give it extra time.

  • November 15, 2018

    Chuhak Must Face Ex-NFL Players' Tax Scheme Claims

    A group of retired NFL players who claim they were burned by a fraudulent tax scheme cooked up by lawyers at Chuhak & Tecson PC can proceed with professional negligence and civil conspiracy claims against the attorneys and the firm, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Inside Trader Avoids Prison Time After Aiding Feds

    A Florida trader dodged prison time for his admitted role in an illicit stock trading operation Thursday when a New Jersey federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation instead, citing his cooperation as a government witness who helped prosecutors net a co-conspirator in the case.

  • November 15, 2018

    Spirit Airlines Takes Class Arbitration Fight To High Court

    Spirit Airlines Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Eleventh Circuit ruling that an arbitrator, not a court, should decide whether the agreement between the airline and members of its $9 Fare Club allows for class arbitration.

  • November 15, 2018

    Republican Groups Attack SEC Pay-For-Play Rule In DC Circ.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission overstepped its authority by trying to stop regulated agents who make political donations from later soliciting the recipient's agency for investment advisory business, two Republican state parties told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Commissioners Decry Lack Of Work Crew Coordination

    Government and industry players must remedy a lack of coordination between utility and telecom work crews, FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly said Thursday after the agency's monthly open meeting, citing conflicting priorities as a major reason residents are forced to do without connectivity after natural disasters like Hurricane Michael.

  • November 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Mack, SEC, Southeast Frozen Foods

    Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies has reportedly loaned $77.5 million for a New York building leased to WeWork, the SEC is said to be seeking to downsize in New York, and Southeast Frozen Foods Co. has reportedly sold a Florida warehouse for $18.77 million and subsequently leased the property back.

  • November 15, 2018

    Panama Canal Contractor Can't Escape $22M Payment

    A Florida federal judge has refused to let a Panama Canal contractor dodge a final judgment upholding a more than $22 million arbitral award against it, rejecting the contractor’s claims that the award was already satisfied.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Florida Supreme Court Says Frye Is 'Still The One'

    Avery Dial

    In DeLisle v. Crane Co., the Florida Supreme Court recently declared that the Daubert amendment to the Florida Evidence Code infringed on the court's rule-making authority. The court thus signaled that its continued embrace of the Frye standard is thoughtful rather than antiquated, says Avery Dial of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Don't Panic: Harvey Doesn't Alter Florida's Bad Faith Standard

    Stephen Marino

    Despite the Florida Supreme Court’s consistency with 80 years of precedent in its latest bad faith ruling, Harvey v. Geico, the dissenting opinions — and recent commentary — predict that “mere negligence has now become bad faith” and warn of fabricated claims and market chaos. Stephen Marino and Benjamin Hassebrock of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin PA disagree.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.