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Florida

  • October 22, 2018

    2 Insurers Exit $1.3M Construction Defect Coverage Row

    A Florida federal judge on Monday dismissed American Home Assurance Co. and Illinois National Insurance Co. from a lawsuit alleging they failed to indemnify the general contractor in a condominium association's construction defects suit that led to it paying a $1.3 million settlement, after the insurers reached a deal with the condo association.

  • October 19, 2018

    Couple Sues Accounting Firm Over Woodbridge Ponzi Losses

    An Oklahoma couple claim they lost $335,000, which they invested in the alleged Ponzi scheme run by now-bankrupt Woodbridge Group LLC just before the company collapsed, on the word of an unlicensed investment adviser working for their accounting firm.

  • October 19, 2018

    Fla. Pharmacy Hit With False Claims Suit Over Kickbacks

    The federal government has filed suit against a Florida pharmacy, alleging the business engaged in illegal kickback schemes with marketers that resulted in the federal Tricare program paying more than $21 million in reimbursements for prescriptions induced in violation of the False Claims Act.

  • October 19, 2018

    Customer Seeks Class Approval In Raymond James Fee Suit

    A Florida woman seeking to form a class to pursue claims that Raymond James charged unauthorized and unreasonable commissions via a “processing fee” rebutted the financial services company's arguments that the allegations require intensive individual analysis during a hearing Friday.

  • October 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Stop Deportation Of Honduran Woman

    The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a Bureau of Immigration Appeals decision not to reopen a Honduran national's removal proceedings, ruling that even if her counsel had been more effective, she likely still would have been ordered deported.

  • October 19, 2018

    Jay Peak Receiver, Ex-Owner Ink Deal In $350M EB-5 Suit

    The receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Friday to approve a settlement ending the suit against a former ski resort owner over a $350 million investment fraud scheme, calling the deal an "important step" in allowing the receiver to sell the property and compensate investors.

  • October 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Ga. Can't Copyright State Code Annotations

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the state of Georgia cannot claim copyright ownership over annotations made to its official legal code, ruling that people should have "unfettered access to the legal edicts that govern their lives."

  • October 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Belmont, NYC Labor Office, Coastline

    Belmont Savings Bank has reportedly loaned $11.5 million for a Florida self-storage project, the New York City Office of Labor Relations is said to be leasing 53,718 square feet in Manhattan's Financial District, and a Coastline Management venture has reportedly paid $33.2 million for a Florida apartment complex.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-Trump Aide Adds Podcast Host To $100M Gizmodo Suit

    A former aide to President Donald Trump on Thursday added a podcast host who called him a “baby-killer” on Twitter to his $100 million defamation lawsuit in Florida federal court, which claims that Gizmodo Media Group website Splinter “ruined his life” when it ran a story that said he tried to slip a woman he’d impregnated an abortion pill.

  • October 18, 2018

    Battle Brews Over Atty's Admission In Woodbridge Ch. 11

    A battle is brewing in the litigation over The Woodbridge Group of Companies’ Chapter 11 plan concerning the pro hac vice admission in Delaware of an attorney representing a group of noteholders who oppose the plan, as unsecured creditors claim he violated ethical rules by not properly disclosing conflicts that exist among his clients. 

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-J&J Employee Says She Was Fired For Whistleblowing

    A former Johnson & Johnson employee sued the company Wednesday, claiming she was fired for drawing attention to improper practices and unlawful kickbacks at J&J's Vision Care Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.

  • October 18, 2018

    $1M In Hotel Damage Wasn't Due To Hurricane, Insurer Says

    Hurricane Irma didn’t cause more than $1 million in damage to part of a Florida hotel, a subsidiary of insurance company MS Amlin said Wednesday, arguing that most of the issues existed long before the September 2017 storm or were the result of shoddy construction work.

  • October 18, 2018

    Jailed Fla. Atty Turned Wannabe Drug Informant Disbarred

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday permanently disbarred a now-jailed criminal defense attorney who attempted to gain leniency on drunk driving charges by arranging to have a package containing heroin sent through the mail, in hopes of become a police informant.

  • October 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Impulsive, Casey Wasserman

    WeWork has reportedly taken 57,000 square feet on Broadway in New York, Impulsive Group is said to have dropped $20.8 million on a Florida resort and marina, and sports and entertainment mogul Casey Wasserman is reportedly looking to get $125 million for his Los Angeles home, which would be a record sale.

  • October 18, 2018

    Burger King Workers Invoke Adam Smith In No-Poach Row

    Employees at Burger King slapped the fast food chain with a proposed class action over its intra-franchise no-poaching agreements in Florida federal court Thursday, invoking free-market founding philosopher Adam Smith's warning of more than two centuries ago that employers will do whatever it takes to keep wages down.

  • October 18, 2018

    Citibank IDs Garnished Accounts In Wine Co. Investor Row

    Citibank has told a Florida federal judge that a controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company ordered to pay a $28.7 million arbitration award to a Delaware investor for breaching a stock repurchase agreement has about $96,600 in cash across several accounts subject to garnishment, plus shares in a handful of companies.

  • October 18, 2018

    Hinshaw Targets Fla. Health Prowess With Wilson Elser Hire

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has added a former Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP attorney as a health care partner in its Miami office, with the aim of helping its national practice group offer clients support in the state and expanding its work in a number of growth areas in the industry.

  • October 18, 2018

    Horizon Wants DLA Piper DQ'd In Hemophilia Treatment Row

    Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. has sought to disqualify DLA Piper LLP from representing a group of specialty pharmaceutical companies who sued Horizon for allegedly refusing to pay for health plan members' hemophilia treatments, arguing that the law firm was still representing Horizon when it decided to take the case.

  • October 18, 2018

    HIG Growth Grabs $970M For Latest Investment Fund

    The growth equity division of private equity firm HIG Capital on Thursday wrapped up its latest fund after securing $970 million from limited partners, with plans to focus on tech-enabled business services, software, digital ad-tech, e-commerce, internet services, health care and industrial technology.

  • October 17, 2018

    NY Times Urges Judge To Unseal Docs In Trump Dossier Row

    The New York Times asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to unseal documents filed by both sides of a Russian tech executive’s defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Trends In State And Local Equal Pay Efforts

    Brian Murphy

    In the face of relative inaction by the federal government, state and local governments are increasingly combating the gender pay gap with various legislative efforts. Employers must be cognizant not only of laws existing in their jurisdictions, but also of those in others, say Brian Murphy and Jonathan Stoler of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A State Of Flux For Derivative Actions In Florida

    Andrew Polenberg

    While the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act allows LLC members to bring a derivative action without first making a demand, the same cannot be said of the Florida Business Corporation Act. And a recent proposal to amend the FBCA doesn't do enough to create a uniform demand futility rule, says Andrew Polenberg of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Assignment Of Benefits Faces A New Hurdle In Florida

    Margo Meta

    A Florida state appeals court's decision last month in Restoration 1 v. Ark Royal weakens assignment-of-benefit claims, holding that an insurer may require all insureds and mortgagees to provide written consent prior to executing an assignment-of-benefits agreement, says Margo Meta of Ball Janik LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    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 Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Class Arbitrability Questions After 11th Circ. JPay Ruling

    Gilbert Samberg

    One may ask whether the Eleventh Circuit’s recent decision in JPay v. Kobel correctly addressed the issue of “clear and unmistakable” consent when it comes to the delegation of class arbitrability. However, with respect to many class arbitration-related matters, a second issue looms, says Gilbert Samberg of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.