Florida

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Exec Pleads Guilty In $150M Brazilian Investment Scheme

    A Florida executive pled guilty Thursday to orchestrating a $150 million investment fraud scheme that swindled investors by raising money to factor accounts receivable in Brazil but instead used the funds to pay other investors and to pay commission to brokers.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Hotel, Golf Club Hit With ADA Suit Over Website

    The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Florida was hit Thursday with a lawsuit alleging it is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website fails to comply with requirements under the law.

  • April 19, 2018

    Hunton Andrews Kurth Adds RE Partners In LA, Miami

    Hunton Andrews Kurth has added former Akerman LLP partner Jane Hinton and former GrayRobinson PA shareholder Jonathan Z. Kurry to its real estate practices in Los Angeles and Miami, the firm announced Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    3 Phishing Insurance Coverage Cases To Watch

    Policyholders and insurers alike are eagerly anticipating guidance from a trio of federal appeals courts on whether email-based "phishing" theft schemes trigger coverage under computer fraud insurance policies. Here, Law360 breaks down the computer fraud coverage cases pending before the Second, Sixth and Eleventh circuits.

  • April 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Hydroelectric Co. Deserved To Lose License

    A hydroelectric company's license to generate power at a Georgia dam was lawfully revoked by a federal agency in response to the company's failure to construct a fishway it promised in exchange for receiving permission to increase its generating capacity, the Eleventh Circuit ruled on Wednesday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's NASA Administrator Pick

    President Donald Trump’s choice to head NASA has cleared the Senate on a razor-thin margin Thursday after months of delays over concerns about the nominee’s lack of scientific credentials.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Motel Can’t Reduce Bond During Appeal Of $12M Verdict

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday rejected a Hialeah motel’s appeal of an order denying its request to post a reduced bond while it fights a $12 million verdict against it for negligent security, ruling that because the motel had an applicable insurance policy, the bond could not be reduced.

  • April 19, 2018

    Margaritaville Developer Dodges Some Investor Claims

    A Louisiana federal court partly granted a restaurant developer's bid to toss a real estate investment firm's $3.4 million suit accusing it of lying about the potential profitability of two new Margaritaville restaurants in New Orleans and Minneapolis, letting the developer off the hook on two claims but keeping the other eight.

  • April 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Henley, Tommy Bahama, Atlas Capital

    U.K. private equity shop Henley has reportedly bought two Florida hotels for $15.4 million, Tommy Bahama is said to have renewed its 14,000 square feet of office space in New York and an Atlas Capital venture has reportedly bought a stake in a Long Island City office and retail building in a deal valuing the property at $400 million.

  • April 18, 2018

    Fla. Court Wants Hearing On Engle Firm Conflict Questions

    Two tobacco giants will get another shot at addressing alleged conflicts at a plaintiffs firm handling Engle progeny cases that hired a lawyer who had previously done related work for one of the companies, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Doctors Can't Relocate Newborn Misdiagnosis Suit: Fla. Court

    A split Florida appeals panel Wednesday denied a venue transfer in a suit accusing doctors of misdiagnosing a newborn baby’s intestinal ailment requiring five corrective surgeries, saying health care providers did not prove “substantial inconvenience” in having the case heard in Miami-Dade County instead of Collier County.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge's Killer Must Die, 11th Circuit Rules

    The Eleventh Circuit Wednesday agreed with a lower court’s decision to uphold the execution, scheduled for Thursday, of pipe bomber Walter Leroy Moody Jr., who killed an Eleventh Circuit judge in 1989, while disagreeing with the lower court’s reasoning.

  • April 18, 2018

    Seminoles Extend Guarantee On Gambling Payments To Fla.

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida reached agreement Wednesday with the state of Florida to amend a 2017 litigation settlement over their exclusive gaming compact that extends the tribe’s commitment to continue making its revenue-sharing payments to the state through May 2019, the governor announced.

  • April 18, 2018

    Dickinson Wright Wins Hearing On Malpractice Suit Evidence

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a trial court should have held an evidentiary hearing on Michigan-headquartered law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC’s motion to dismiss a suit accusing it of participating in a conspiracy involving a fraudulent recapitalization.

  • April 18, 2018

    Consent Forms Enough To Add Party To FLSA Suits: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that individuals who opt into collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act need only file a written consent to become a named party to the case, tackling an issue the appeals court called "a question of first impression in every circuit."

  • April 18, 2018

    Fla. High Court Asked To Clarify Sovereign Immunity Issue

    Two Florida appeals courts issued opinions Wednesday finding they lack jurisdiction to review lower court orders denying motions to dismiss by government entities claiming sovereign immunity because the orders did not explicitly make determinations regarding the agencies’ immunity.

  • April 18, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Reverses $5M Award But Asks For Clarity

    A Florida appellate court on Wednesday reversed a $5 million judgment awarded to a tow truck driver allegedly injured by battery acid spilled in a crash he helped clear, finding Florida’s pollution statutes do not allow for personal injury recovery but requesting the state’s high court to clarify the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    Pharmacy, PE Fund Owner Want Tricare FCA Suit Trashed

    A Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner on Tuesday urged a federal court to toss False Claims Act litigation accusing them of running a $68 million kickback scheme involving medically unnecessary prescriptions for Tricare beneficiaries, contending that the government's allegations are far too generalized.

  • April 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Tishman, Venture X, Acore

    Tishman has reportedly landed $380 million in construction financing for a Brooklyn residential condo project from a lender syndicate that includes Starwood Property Trust, co-working company Venture X is said to be taking 12,500 square feet in West Palm Beach, and Acore Capital has reportedly loaned $43.2 million for a Maryland Westin hotel.

  • April 18, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Upholds $6.3M Philip Morris Verdict

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a $6.3 million verdict against Philip Morris USA Inc. for contributing to the smoking-related lung cancer that killed an Army veteran in 1995 and devastated his wife and daughter.

Expert Analysis

  • Must FERC Weigh GHG Emissions In Pipeline Reviews?

    Jay Costan

    The additional analysis on downstream greenhouse gas emissions required by the D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the potential to further delay an already burdened FERC pipeline approval process, says James Costan of Dentons.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    Resolution of the standing issues raised in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA may have implications not just for this case, but for whether PDVSA may be bound by the Venezuelan government to any future debt restructuring, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    The documents filed thus far in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA make clear that the standing issues in this case are complicated. The case also presents questions as to whether it will have implications for financial creditors of PDVSA and the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 2

    Kip Petroff

    Preemption must be kept in mind as one approaches any medical device litigation; however, it need not be feared. Despite what some observers may say, the preemption shield is not as large as it might seem, and plaintiffs attorneys can still preempt the preemption defense with careful planning, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 1

    Kip Petroff

    Device companies defend their products by pointing to surgeons’ off-label uses, as if that shields companies from product liability. But courts are increasingly looking carefully at the facts surrounding allegations of noncompliance with the conditions companies agreed to when obtaining premarket approval, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Mass. Crackdown Reflects Increased State Regulation Of ICOs

    Christopher Conniff

    The top securities regulator in Massachusetts recently issued consent orders halting five initial coin offerings, reminding virtual currency market participants that they must be mindful of state regulators as well. This “sweep” is likely only the tip of the iceberg for ICOs in Massachusetts and in other states, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.