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  • June 21, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Florida Power, EQ Office, Scott McNealy

    Florida Power has reportedly dropped $10 million on 400 acres of land in the state, Blackstone subsidiary EQ Office is reportedly looking to get $300 million for a New York office tower, and former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy is reportedly seeking $96.8 million for his Palo Alto, California, mansion.

  • June 21, 2018

    Google Urged To Drop Huawei Collab Over Security Concerns

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has asked Google to rethink its relationship with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which some American intelligence officials have flagged as a national security threat.

  • June 21, 2018

    Fla. Gov. Gets 6 Names For Jacksonville Judicial Seat

    A Florida Judicial Nominating Commission has sent Gov. Rick Scott the names of six candidates for a seat opening up in Jacksonville that is the subject of litigation by a local attorney who says the post should be filled by election, not gubernatorial appointment.

  • June 21, 2018

    Fla. Judge Decertifies Class In Doorstep Delivery FLSA Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled that a Doorstep Delivery driver who brought a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service had not shown he and his fellow drivers are similarly situated enough to warrant keeping their class certification.

  • June 21, 2018

    Union Stonewalled Disney Workers On Dues, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday affirmed a judge’s findings a Teamsters union local representing workers at Walt Disney World and certain Florida UPS locations obstructed workers’ efforts to resign their union memberships and stop paying dues.

  • June 21, 2018

    SEC Says Suit Alleging Microcap Schemes Not Time-Barred

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to strike the affirmative defenses of a securities lawyer accused of running a pair of microcap schemes with undisclosed “blank check” companies, rebuffing her assertions that the SEC’s claims are time-barred.

  • June 21, 2018

    Marketing Co. Owner's Refund Claims Nixed In Tax Shelter Suit

    A Florida federal court Thursday granted the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss two counts in a marketing company owner's refund action for $2.5 million in penalties he paid over a tax shelter transaction.

  • June 21, 2018

    Rubio Pushes Tough Line On Chinese Tariffs, Tech Sanctions

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded recently announced tariffs on Chinese imports Thursday while slamming the Trump administration’s reversal on a decision to lock telecommunications company ZTE out of the U.S., saying firm measures are needed to address intellectual property theft and national security threats posed by China.

  • June 21, 2018

    Florida Construction Co. Prez, VP Face 20 Years For Fraud

    The president and vice president and of a Florida-based construction company have been charged with defrauding low-income housing development program Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development and face up to 20 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said on Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    ‘Church Girls’ Say Fla. Band Must Atone For Identical Name

    A Pennsylvania indie rock group named Church Girls has hit an identically named band with a trademark infringement suit in Florida federal court, saying the Florida group took its name, copied its album art and then called its members “egomaniacs” on Facebook for asserting their trademark.

  • June 21, 2018

    GOP Sen. Blocks Ga. Justice Tapped By Trump For 11th Circ.

    Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has become the first Republican to hold up one of President Donald Trump’s judicial picks, blocking the Eleventh Circuit nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant for a second time in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Fla. Investor Cops To Rigging Home Foreclosure Auctions

    A Florida real estate investor on Wednesday pled guilty for his part in a $16 million conspiracy to rig bids in online auctions on homes foreclosed following the 2008 financial crisis, the latest in the government's long-running foreclosure sales investigation.

  • June 21, 2018

    Feds, Fla. Carrier Settle Deceptive Marketing Investigation

    A Florida-based telecommunications carrier has agreed to a $140,000 fine to end a federal investigation into allegations the company overcharged customers and changed their preferred telephone service provider without authorization.

  • June 21, 2018

    Kirkland, Sidley Guide PE Firm Siris’ $2B Internet Co. Buy

    Private equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire a provider of internet services and online marketing solutions in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, an offer that was guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.

  • June 20, 2018

    Fla. Nursing Home's Suspension For Irma Failures Affirmed

    A Florida appellate panel ruled Wednesday that a license suspension for a nursing home where 12 patients died last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was proper, saying the emergency suspension imposed by state health officials was supported by detailed allegations of an immediate and serious danger to patients.

  • June 20, 2018

    $22M Arbitral Award In Panama Canal Row Upheld

    A Florida federal judge refused to vacate a more than $22 million arbitral award against a Panama Canal contractor after ruling that the bid by the designer and builder of a set of locks on the waterway to toss the award came too late.

  • June 20, 2018

    Shutts & Bowen Adds Akerman, Shook Litigators In Miami

    Shutts & Bowen LLP said Tuesday it has picked up two new partners from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and Akerman LLP, who will join the firm’s business litigation practice group in Miami.

  • June 20, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Gives Bechtel Win In Asbestos Dispute

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a trial court should have entered judgment in favor of Bechtel Corp. in a dispute with a former worker who won a $21 million jury verdict against the company and Florida Power & Light Co. over asbestos exposure.

  • June 20, 2018

    Evoqua Unit Drops $132M On PE-Backed Water Treatment Biz

    Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. said Wednesday that one of its units has inked a $132 million deal to acquire a water treatment company from private equity firm Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. Inc.

  • June 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Evercore, Digital Currency, StateTrust

    Evercore is reportedly close to a lease deal to take roughly 170,000 additional square feet in New York, Digital Currency Group is said to have leased nearly 12,000 square feet in New York, and StateTrust Group has reportedly dropped $13 million on a vacant office building in Florida.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 11th Circ. Offers Key Guidance To Shipping Cos.

    Al Teel

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Essex Ins. Co. v. Barrett Moving & Storage addressed the question of how to distinguish brokers from carriers under the Carmack Amendment. The opinion offers guidance for transportation and logistics companies on when the amendment applies to a particular shipment, says Al Teel of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.