Florida

  • March 29, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Signature Bank, Foundry, Jennifer Lopez

    Signature Bank has reportedly loaned $60 million for a Manhattan office property, Foundry Commercial is said to have traded joint venture partners at a Florida building in a $57.4 million deal, and Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly dropped more than $15 million on a New York Park Avenue residence.

  • March 29, 2018

    Referee Recommends Disbarment For Tribe's Former Attys

    A Florida state judge recommended Wednesday that the Florida Supreme Court permanently disbar the former general counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and impose a 10-year ban on another tribe attorney for perpetrating “massive fraud” on state and federal courts.

  • March 29, 2018

    Ex-City Atty Wrong To Suggest Self For Posts, Court Says

    A Florida appeals court on Thursday reversed part of a $10,000 civil penalty recommended by the state’s Commission on Ethics against the former city attorney for North Port, but said he acted corruptly when, just before his contract was set to end, he convinced the city commission to create two new positions and hire him without considering anyone else.

  • March 29, 2018

    Fifth Third Accused Of Charging Double Fees For ATM Use

    Fifth Third Bank was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in Florida federal court by a consumer who claims the bank charges out-of-network ATM fees for checking account balances without properly disclosing them.

  • March 28, 2018

    Fla. Cancer Centers Accused Of Illegally Dividing Up Market

    Two Florida cancer treatment centers were hit Monday with a putative class suit claiming they had an illegal agreement to restrict competition and monopolize the market for oncology services in Southwest Florida.

  • March 28, 2018

    Fla. Judge Orders Ag. Dept. To Pay $17M Citrus Canker Award

    A Florida judge has ordered the state’s agriculture commissioner to pay a $16.9 million judgment to nearly 12,000 homeowners in Lee County whose backyard citrus trees were destroyed under the state’s effort to eradicate the plant disease citrus canker.

  • March 28, 2018

    Prada Ordered To Hold Off Arbitration Over Alligator Suit

    A fed-up Florida federal judge on Wednesday slapped down fashion house Prada’s bid to quickly move to arbitration in Milan a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by a goods shipper over a purchase agreement for alligator eggs and hatchlings, ordering Prada to respond to the suit’s allegations.

  • March 28, 2018

    Publix Gets Woman’s $1.5M Slip-And-Fall Award Tossed

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $1.5 million jury verdict for a 70-year-old woman who sued Publix Super Markets Inc. after falling at one of its stores, as the appeals panel found no evidence the store had prior knowledge of an alleged hazardous condition that led to her fall.

  • March 28, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Construction Co. Acted Recklessly In Fatal Fall

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday refused to let a Georgia construction company off the hook for an employee’s fatal fall while on the job, agreeing with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration finding that the accident was the result of a “willful” safety violation.

  • March 28, 2018

    Canadian Investor Snags Stake In Orlando MLS Franchise

    A Canadian investor, steered by an O'Melveny & Myers LLP team, has scored a minority stake in Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City SC, the team announced Wednesday.

  • March 28, 2018

    Fla. Court Urged To Review Gas Station's Liability For Crash

    A woman suing Racetrac gas stations for injuries she sustained in a car accident asked the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a state appeals court decision she claims unfairly shields the company for causing a roadway hazard that led to the crash.

  • March 28, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Summit, IBM, Greystar

    Summit Commercial Real Estate Group has reportedly bought a Florida medical office building for $14.1 million, IBM is said to have reached a deal to lease 27,699 square feet in New York, and Greystar has reportedly landed a $51.5 million construction loan for a Florida senior living project.

  • March 28, 2018

    Chiquita MDL Plaintiffs Can Depose Colombian Witnesses

    A Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded right-wing Colombian paramilitaries granted the plaintiffs’ request to depose 13 people in Colombia, including former paramilitary leaders and banana company executives.

  • March 28, 2018

    DOJ, West Palm Beach Settle 'Sanctuary City' Dispute

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that it has reached a settlement agreement with West Palm Beach, Florida, over its so-called sanctuary city policies, under which the city will inform its workers that they are not restricted from sharing immigration information with immigration officials.

  • March 27, 2018

    Fla. Ordered To Revamp Felon Voter Restoration System

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday ordered the governor to establish a new, uniform system for restoring voting rights to felons after finding that the current process, which gives the governor unfettered discretion, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

  • March 27, 2018

    Del Monte Wants Ex-Fruit Supplier Stopped, Its Execs Jailed

    A large-scale pineapple buyer urged a Florida federal court to jail the executives of its former Costa Rican supplier, accusing the supplier of flaunting a court order to return or destroy its pineapple seeds and stop sales. 

  • March 27, 2018

    Venezuela's Oil Co. Can't Sue In US, Court Told

    A group of defendants in a suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company over an alleged bribery scheme slammed the oil company's injunction bid Monday, telling a Florida federal judge the company lacks standing because the Venezuelan legislature never approved its contract to pursue the claims.

  • March 27, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: EagleBank, Weinstein, Platinum Equity

    EagleBank has reportedly loaned $47 million for a Virginia hotel, Harvey Weinstein is said to have sold a New York Greenwich Village townhouse for $25.6 million and Platinum Equity has reportedly sold a Florida hotel for $18.25 million.

  • March 27, 2018

    Investors Say Hotel Developer Owes $6M For Misstatements

    Various Florida investors were duped into putting money into a hotel renovation project and are seeking $6 million as well as damages, according to a putative class action complaint filed in Florida that claims the recipients of the funds misled the investors on numerous fronts.

  • March 27, 2018

    Engineering Firm Asks Fla. Justices To Take Up Defect Suit

    A marine engineering firm told the Florida Supreme Court that a Palm Beach marina’s claims of defective work are barred by the statute of limitations, urging the court to reinstate a trial court’s summary judgment ruling in its favor.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Aubin Ruling Changes Nothing For Fla. Asbestos Claims

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggested that the Florida Supreme Court’s Aubin v. Union Carbide decision changed products liability law in Florida to the benefit of asbestos plaintiffs. Having litigated thousands of asbestos claims in Florida, we must clarify that Aubin follows the long-standing use of the consumer expectations test in asbestos cases, say attorneys Jonathan Ruckdeschel, Alan Pickert, Anita Pryor and Rebecca Vinocur.

  • What It Means If States Can Set Medicaid Work Requirements

    Caroline Brown

    In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: FCA Case Law

    Brian Dunphy

    Last year, courts issued numerous health care-related decisions interpreting the legal standards under the False Claims Act and assessing the viability of a multitude of FCA liability theories. These decisions will affect the prosecution and defense of FCA cases for years to come, says Brian Dunphy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

    Jonathan Robbins

    Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Trends In FCA Cases

    Kevin McGinty

    The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.

  • An 11th Circ. Update On Motions To End Supervised Release

    Matthew Lee

    In its recent decision in U.S. v. Johnson, the Eleventh Circuit strengthened procedural protections for defendants in criminal cases who seek early termination of supervised release and joined a growing number of circuit courts in holding that district courts may not summarily deny a defendant’s early termination motion, say Matthew Lee and Thaddeus Kirk of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • How Sanctuary City Regs Could Impact Houston Real Estate

    Hilary Tyson

    President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city ban has been enmeshed in litigation since it was enacted, as has similar legislation in the Texas Legislature. But while the future of these regulations may not be certain, they still stand to exact broad impacts, both in Houston and beyond, say Hilary Tyson and Lauren McLaughlin of BoyarMiller.

  • Hotel Malware Attack Raises Unusual Insurance Questions

    Jan Larson

    A Florida district court is poised to decide several interesting questions in St. Paul v. Rosen, offering policyholders guidance on the extent to which traditional insurance policies can protect them from data breaches and on whether policyholders' corporate affiliates can look to their policies for protection, say Jan Larson and Alex Langlinais of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.