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Florida

  • January 22, 2019

    Reynolds Settles With Smoker's Widower After $2M Verdict

    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.

  • January 22, 2019

    Ex-Fla. Governor’s General Counsel Rejoins Shutts

    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.

  • January 22, 2019

    Trial Court To Review Miami Developer's Juror Bribery Claim

    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.

  • January 22, 2019

    Fla. AG Strikes Deal With Dollar, Thrifty Over Toll Fees

    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.

  • January 22, 2019

    J&J To Pay States $120M For False Hip Implant Promos

    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.

  • January 22, 2019

    Education Department GC Named Fla. Supreme Court Justice

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Nationstar Asks Fla. High Court To Revisit Attys' Fees Case

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Driver Slams State Farm's Bid To Toss Fla. PIP Statute Suit

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Baptist Health, Bridge

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Limited's Ch. 11 Trustee Sues Sun Capital Over $42M Transfer

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Sale Of Fugitive's Cos.' Assets OK'd In $7.4M Fraud Case

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Fla. Co. Soured Clients On Ex-Contractor, $110M Suit Says

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Health Hires: Norton Rose, K&L Gates, Fox Rothschild

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Royal Caribbean Death Suit Nixed After Plaintiff Rejects Deal

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Fla. Gov. Wants Legislature To Cut Medical Pot Smoking Ban

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Deutsche Bank, Essence, WeWork

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Catalina Marketing Reaches Deal On $275M DIP Loan

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Iberia Avoids Major Damages In Trial Over Turbulence Injury

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Fla. Atty Accused Of Breaking Into Firm's Office Suspended

    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.

  • January 17, 2019

    Smoker Finally Gets $27M Judgment Against Philip Morris

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    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.

  • State Net

    How States Are Preparing For The Next Recession

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    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.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

    J. Stephen Bennett

    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.

  • 5 Fraud Insurance Decisions Sure To Shape 2019

    Patricia Carreiro

    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.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    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.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    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.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    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.

  • 5 Lessons From State AGs' HIPAA Data Breach Suit

    Hanley Chew

    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.

  • 21st Amendment Vs. Commerce Clause At The High Court

    Alva Mather

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    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.