RJ Reynolds and a smoker’s widower reached a settlement Tuesday in the middle of a punitive damages portion of a Florida trial, just one business day after the jury found Reynolds responsible for the smoker's fatal lung cancer and awarded the widower $2 million compensatory damages.
Florida law firm Shutts & Bowen LLP said Tuesday that a partner will be returning to its Tallahassee office after serving as general counsel to former Florida Gov. Rick Scott for nearly two years.
A prominent Miami real estate developer's explosive allegations that another developer bribed a juror to secure a $1.5 million verdict in previous litigation over their joint ownership of a private jet belongs in the original trial court, a judge ruled at a hearing Tuesday in Miami.
Florida's attorney general said Tuesday that the state has secured an agreement with the Dollar and Thrifty car rental companies forcing them to refund customers who were charged administrative fees for cashless tolls in Florida without sufficient disclosures.
A Johnson & Johnson unit will pay $120 million to end a wide-ranging investigation into whether it misled customers about the longevity and efficacy of its hip replacement devices, attorneys general in New York and Texas announced Tuesday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis filled the final vacant seat on the Florida Supreme Court Tuesday with the appointment of Carlos Genaro Muñiz, who is serving as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education and will be the first Nicaraguan-American on the state’s highest court.
Nationstar Mortgage asked the Florida Supreme Court for clarification Friday on its recent reversal of a precedent-setting appeals court decision that said a mortgage holder could not invoke an attorneys' fees provision after prevailing in a foreclosure suit because the noteholder failed to establish standing.
A woman challenging a Florida law allowing insurers to deny personal injury protection claims for people injured in car crashes who don’t seek treatment within 14 days told a Florida federal judge Friday that State Farm can’t escape her putative class suit, arguing that an order in a related state court case doesn't preclude her claims.
Lennar has reportedly paid $17 million for a Miami development site, Baptist Health South Florida is said to have bought a former Toys R Us store for $15.8 million, and Bridge Development Partners has reportedly dropped $68 million on a Los Angeles warehouse complex.
The trustee for The Limited Stores Co. LLC’s Chapter 11 has sued companies owned by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc., saying the companies took $42 million from the struggling women’s clothing retailer and sent it into bankruptcy.
A court-appointed receiver won approval from a Florida federal court Friday to move forward with a settlement agreement with foreign liquidators and a plan to sell assets of companies linked to a Chilean fugitive accused of bilking securities investors out of $7.4 million.
A former independent contractor for Florida-based health care management consulting company CareOptimize filed a $110 million suit Thursday accusing the company of ruining her relationships with clients by telling them she was subject to noncompete agreements and that she was sick and could not work.
In this round of Health Hires, Norton Rose Fulbright, K&L Gates LLP, Fox Rothschild LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC all brought on new health care attorneys, and chronic wound care service provider Healogics named its general counsel.
A Florida federal judge’s warning to a woman that she may regret refusing a $500,000 settlement offer in her suit against Royal Caribbean over her teenage daughter's salmonella death proved prescient when the suit was tossed.
Citing a commitment to listen to the will of the people, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the State Legislature should remove a smoking ban on medical marijuana or he will drop the state's defense of the policy in a pending lawsuit.
Deutsche Bank has reportedly loaned $68 million for a Manhattan condo tower, Essence Communications is said to be taking 29,000 square feet in Brooklyn and WeWork is reportedly leasing 146,000 square feet in Miami.
Coupon and customer data firm Catalina Marketing Corp. received final approval of its $275 million debtor-in-possession financing Thursday in Delaware after resolving the objection of joint venture partner The Nielsen Company.
Iberia Airlines avoided having to pay substantial damages to a Florida woman injured when a May 2015 flight from Madrid to Milan experienced severe turbulence, after a federal jury in Miami found Wednesday that the Spanish airline bore minimal responsibility.
The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended an attorney who is facing charges of burglarizing his former firm's office and stealing from the firm's storage unit.
A Florida federal court on Wednesday entered a $27 million judgment against Philip Morris USA Inc. for a now-deceased smoker, ending a four-year attempt by the tobacco giant to overturn a 2014 jury's $20 million punitive damages award.
Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.
It’s been nine and a half years since the last U.S. recession, and the economy still appears to be going strong. But there are signs trouble may not be far off. The good news for states is that most seem reasonably well prepared for it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.
Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.
Last year, the circuit split on computer fraud insurance coverage continued, with courts slightly favoring coverage for phishing scams, but oversimplifying those decisions into a simple coverage versus no-coverage distinction would be a mistake, says Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP.
The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.
Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.
Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
The allegations in State of Indiana v. Medical Informatics Engineering — the first federal lawsuit filed by multiple state attorneys general over a data breach based upon alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations — provide some guidance on adequate network security, say Hanley Chew and Tyler Newby of Fenwick & West LLP.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, highlighting the conflict between states’ rights to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment and the restrictions in the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause on states’ power to regulate interstate commerce, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper LLP.
Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.