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  • August 29, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Henley, Blackstone

    WeWork is reportedly nearing a deal to take as much as 500,000 square feet in New York, Henley's U.S. division is said to have dropped $20 million on a Miami hotel, and a Blackstone affiliate has reportedly bought a Florida grocery-anchored shopping center for $34.5 million.

  • August 29, 2018

    Florida Powerhouse: Bilzin Sumberg

    One of the smallest of this year’s Law360 Florida Powerhouses, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP regularly punches above its weight class, by working on transformational projects like a $2.4 billion passenger train from Miami to Orlando and defending clients in high-stakes mortgage lawsuits.

  • August 29, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Mesh Sling Suit's Injury Notice Beat Time Limit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a woman’s claims that she was injured by a Johnson & Johnson unit’s defective pelvic mesh implant, saying her report of her symptoms did not toll the statute of limitations because she had no reason to blame them on the alleged defect.

  • August 29, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Co. Can't Undo Sex Harassment Rulings

    An Eleventh Circuit panel has backed various decisions from a lower court that ruled against an impulse merchandising-focused company in a former worker’s suit claiming he was sexually harassed by a female supervisor and not paid certain wages.

  • August 28, 2018

    Senate Confirms US Attys For Fla.'s Southern, Middle Districts

    The U.S. Senate confirmed two women, Ariana Fajardo Orshan and Maria Chapa Lopez, as the top prosecutors in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida in a voice vote Tuesday evening.

  • August 28, 2018

    Universal Hits Back At Cert. Bid In 'Warcraft' Text Row

    The companies behind the promotional campaign for the Universal Pictures movie "Warcraft" on Tuesday shot back at a bid to certify a putative class action over an allegedly unlawful text message blast, telling a Florida federal judge that the plaintiffs' "overheated rhetoric" wasn't enough to overcome difficulties with identifying class members or proving they had actually been harmed.

  • August 28, 2018

    Fla. Powerhouses Help State Excel On The Global Stage

    The firms selected as Law360's 2018 Florida Powerhouses reflect the diverse character of the state in their varied histories, sizes and strategies while capitalizing on its rapidly growing industries and status as a crossroads of global business.

  • August 28, 2018

    Atty's Restitution Reduced By $12.2M In Stock Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday reduced by $12.2 million the restitution owed by an attorney for allegedly conspiring with former NFL player Willie Gault to inflate a heart-monitor company's stock, finding the attorney was responsible for only $1 million in losses.

  • August 28, 2018

    Aetna Ducks Pediatrix Suit Over Claims Payments, For Now

    A Florida federal judge on Monday trimmed a suit brought by national pediatric services provider Pediatrix Medical Services Inc. alleging Aetna Inc. has engaged in a systematic scheme to pressure and manipulate medical providers to reduce claims payments.

  • August 28, 2018

    Shook Hardy Picks Up International Arbitration Atty In Miami

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP announced Tuesday that it has added a multilingual international arbitration expert to its Miami office, where he will bring his expertise in resolving disputes in the construction, energy, infrastructure and hospitality industries.

  • August 28, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Pan Am Equities, Sterling Bay, KKR

    Pan Am Equities has reportedly landed $60.6 million in financing for four New York projects, Sterling Bay is said to have picked up a Chicago warehouse for $2.7 million, and a KKR venture has reportedly received $141.5 million in financing for an office tower in Oakland, California.

  • August 28, 2018

    Ambulance Cos. And Clients Ink $21M Deal In Kickbacks Suit

    Several companies in the ambulance industry will together pay more than $21 million to settle allegations that they knowingly submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid programs that ran afoul of federal bribery laws, in violation of the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • August 28, 2018

    Estefan Eatery Takes $2.4M Coverage Bid To 11th Circ.

    Famed musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan's Miami restaurant, Larios on the Beach, asked the Eleventh Circuit to revive its bid for $2.4 million in property damage coverage, asserting that the lower court erred by favoring the insurer based on an argument that wasn't raised by the parties.

  • August 28, 2018

    CVS Ducks Sentry Data's Antitrust Claim, For Now

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday dismissed an antitrust claim from Sentry Data Systems Inc. alleging CVS is unlawfully forcing health care providers to use its 340B Drug Pricing Program administrator Wellpartner LLC, but left intact allegations the pharmacy giant misappropriated trade secrets to steal customers.

  • August 27, 2018

    Title VII Gay Bias Split Needs To Be Settled, Justices Told

    A former Georgia county worker petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to find that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination against gay employees on Friday characterized the county's opposition that a circuit split is too “recent” as meritless and its lack of other arguments “deafening.”

  • August 27, 2018

    11th Circ. Denies Geico's Bid To Nix Cert. In Tax, Fee Dispute

    The Eleventh Circuit won’t let Geico challenge the certification of a class of Florida customers who alleged the insurance company flouted its own contract by failing to pay sales tax and transfer fees on leased vehicles after they were totaled, saying Monday the appeal was unnecessary.

  • August 27, 2018

    TTAB Says 'Keto' TMs Are Merely Descriptive Of Diet Products

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has refused to register "Keto Whey" and other similar “keto” names as trademarks, finding they were merely descriptive for a line of ketogenic dietary supplements.

  • August 27, 2018

    Chancery Trims $161M Spanish Broadcaster Investor Suit

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Monday trimmed claims brought against Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. by 11 funds that had invested in the company and are seeking redemption of $161 million in preferred stock and a bar on company debt additions, finding that the investors wanted relief already sought under breach of contract claims.

  • August 27, 2018

    Colo., Fla. Drivers Get Class Cert. In Tire Defect Case

    A California federal judge has granted state class certification for drivers in Colorado and Florida suing the importer and marketer of allegedly hazardous tires whose defects caused their treads to separate from their casings, but has denied certification of a nationwide class of drivers, citing material differences among the consumer protection laws in various states.

  • August 27, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fortis, WeWork, BofA

    Fortis Property Group is reportedly listing a Long Island condo tower for $113 million, WeWork is said to be leasing nearly 7,000 square feet in New York, and Bank of America has reportedly loaned $20 million for refinance and renovations at a Florida hotel.

Expert Analysis

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 2

    Robert Sparkes

    The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 1

    Robert Sparkes

    Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

  • Opinion

    The Fight Against NPEs, 1 Year After TC Heartland

    Rachel Wolbers

    As the data shows, the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year marked a major milestone in addressing extreme forum selection in patent law, and to some extent the threat of nonpracticing entity litigation abuse faced by startups. But other NPE problems need fixing, say Rachel Wolbers of Engine and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents Inc.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Limited Comfort For Corporate Defendants Post-LabMD Ruling

    Stuart Gerson

    On the face of it, the Eleventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Federal Trade Commission v. LabMD might appear to be a major defeat for the agency and a significant victory for the company. But there is a problem: The panel undertook a cursory and questionable analysis of the scope of the FTC’s jurisdiction and ignored what should be a more fundamental question, says Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker Green.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.