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  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot. Check back throughout the week for our full report on lawyers' job satisfaction and lifestyle.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking. Check back throughout the week for our full report on lawyers' job satisfaction and lifestyle.

  • July 20, 2018

    RJ Reynolds Must Pay For Causing Smoker's Death, Jury Told

    Counsel for the son of a man killed by lung cancer told a Florida jury on Friday that RJ Reynolds is responsible for the man’s death and should be forced to pay punitive damages, because it purposely created an addictive product and hid its dangers from the public.

  • July 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Priderock, Government Of Uruguay, RSE

    Priderock Capital Partners has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $44.4 million, the government of Uruguay is said to have picked up office space in New York for nearly $7 million and a venture that includes RSE Capital has reportedly dropped $56 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • July 20, 2018

    Norwegian Cruise Line Looks To Arbitrate Wrongful Death Suit

    Norwegian Cruise Line removed to Florida federal court Thursday a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a Filipino employee who died while participating in a rescue drill aboard a cruise ship, saying the claims must be arbitrated in the Philippines pursuant to the terms of his employment contract.

  • July 20, 2018

    How A Fla. Ruling Ignited A Surge In Online ADA Suits

    In the year since a Florida federal judge became the first to find that a company’s website violated a visually impaired customer’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ruling has been both an inspiration and “bully stick," spurring a surge in litigation that attorneys say could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 20, 2018

    Tribe Asks 11th Circ. To Review Tax Ruling's $3.4M Impact

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider its position that one of its members should be taxed on funds intended for her husband and children, saying that the ruling, if applied to other members, would increase the tribe’s tax withholding obligations by about $3.4 million annually.

  • July 20, 2018

    Blind Man Sues Miami Heat Over Website ADA Violations

    A blind Florida man filed a putative class action in Florida federal court on Thursday accusing the NBA’s Miami Heat of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to make its online merchandise store accessible to the visually impaired.

  • July 20, 2018

    Facing Fees, Hard Rock Drops 'RockStar' TM Case For Good

    Hard Rock Cafe is moving to permanently drop a failed trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, days after a federal judge said the hospitality giant would need to repay the smaller company’s legal bills if it wanted to retain the right to restart the case in the future.

  • July 20, 2018

    Health Hires: Wilson Sonsini, Ropes & Gray, Kirkland & Ellis

    Life sciences intellectual property lawyers made big moves recently, with Wilson Sonsini snapping up an administrative patent judge for its team and Ropes & Gray and Cantor Colburn getting IP attorneys from Fitzpatrick Cella and Locke Lord. Additionally, Kirkland and O'Melveny built up their transactions practices and Baker Donelson grew its health care team.

  • July 19, 2018

    News Org. Asks 11th Circ. To Revive FOIA Suit For 9/11 Docs

    A Florida news organization urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive its bid for access to documents related to potential Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, arguing there is evidence the FBI’s response to the records request was not done in good faith.

  • July 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Dissent Seeks Clarity On Title VII And Gay Workers

    A sharp dissent that called out the Eleventh Circuit for failing to revisit an aging ruling that said Title VII doesn't prohibit firing workers for being gay not only faulted the court's four-decade-old precedent for failing to provide an explanation for its conclusion but invited the Eleventh Circuit, and perhaps others, to wade into a debate that has so far divided the courts. 

  • July 19, 2018

    Fla. Eases Path For Military-Spouse Attys To Practice In State

    For attorneys married to military service members, an assignment of their spouse to a Florida base no longer will mean facing the dilemma of having to live apart from their significant other or likely giving up their practice, under new rules approved Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Party Line Splits Senators On Kavanaugh Records Requests

    The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared four U.S. Circuit Court and three district court nominees Thursday, but the panel's main focus was the clash between Republican members trying to limit document requests on U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh and Democrats pushing for more access.

  • July 19, 2018

    Fla. Battery Co. Exec Pays $50K To End SEC Suit

    A former executive at a lithium-battery manufacturer agreed Wednesday in Florida federal court to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a $50,000 fine to end allegations that he and another executive made misleading financial statements in an effort to inflate stock prices.

  • July 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Quash IRS Summons Of Law Firm Accounts

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a decision refusing to quash an Internal Revenue Service summons to see a Florida law firm’s escrow and trust account records as part of an investigation into the attorney’s personal tax liabilities, ruling that Supreme Court precedent forecloses the attorney’s privacy arguments.

  • July 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Fla. Mall, United Refining

    WeWork is reportedly taking 96,000 square feet at a Hines property in California, a Florida mall has reportedly traded hands for $23.2 million, and oil firm United Refining is said to be leasing more than 20,000 square feet from REIT SL Green in New York.

  • July 19, 2018

    Woodbridge Noteholders' Elder Abuse Claim Could Top $2B

    Attorneys representing a group of noteholders of bankrupt real estate developer The Woodbridge Group LLC announced Thursday that they added claims for elder abuse in their adversary complaint against the debtors that could balloon the claims of the noteholders above $2 billion.

  • July 19, 2018

    Junior Tennis Star Asks Fla. Court To Void Agent Contract

    Up-and-coming American tennis player Alexa Noel has asked a Florida state court to let her out of a lifetime player representation agreement with a Bahamas-based company, arguing the company did not follow the proper steps in finalizing the deal as required because she was a minor when she signed it.

  • July 19, 2018

    Dismissal After Theft Of Atty's Files Too Harsh, Court Rules

    For the second time, a Florida state appeals court has revived a woman's personal injury case that was tossed by a trial judge because her attorney missed a number of pretrial deadlines, finding that outright dismissal was too harsh a sanction given the attorney's case files were stolen from her office "literally overnight."

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • How FCC Ruling Could Impact Viability Of TCPA Fax Cases

    Lewis Wiener

    In Scoma Chiropractic v. Dental Equities, a junk fax case brought against MasterCard International, a Florida federal court recently issued a stay pending a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission. The decision may have ripple effects in other pending Telephone Consumer Protection Act actions, say Lewis Wiener and Alexander Fuchs of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Dental Photos Case Shows Copyright Threshold Has Bite

    Matthew Nelles

    A Florida federal court's decision last month involving a dentist’s before-and-after patient photos enhances the body of law where courts have determined that an author’s work was not sufficiently creative to establish a valid copyright, says Matthew Nelles of Berger Singerman LLP.