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  • December 11, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: 3650 REIT, Butters, Freshwater

    3650 REIT and Quadrant Capital have reportedly provided $36 million in financing, some of which is commercial-backed securities debt, for a Las Vegas grocery-anchored retail property; Butters Construction & Development is said to have paid $15 million for a Florida site; and Freshwater Group has reportedly bought various Miami apartment and condo units for $12.1 million.

  • December 11, 2018

    Climate Report Proves Carbon Regs Must Stick, EPA Told

    The dire conclusions in the blockbuster climate change report recently released by the Trump administration contradict White House efforts to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles and power plants and the proposals should be yanked immediately, dozens of state attorneys general and city and county attorneys said Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    AGs Ask SSA To Set Up ID Theft Prevention Database, Fast

    A coalition of 43 state attorneys general urged the Social Security Administration to make a priority of establishing a nationwide database for electronically matching names and dates of birth to Social Security numbers, in order to fight “synthetic identity theft” where legitimate numbers get tied to fake identities.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fla. Man Ordered To Pay Gov't $23M Over Debt-Relief Scam

    A Florida federal judge awarded the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida attorney general a win and $23 million in their lawsuit accusing a man of running a scheme that defrauded 10,000 financially distressed consumers by using illegal telemarketing calls to sell bogus credit-card debt elimination and reduction services.

  • December 10, 2018

    Intent Is Focus At Trial On Royal Caribbean Passenger Death

    Florida federal jurors were shown five seconds of gritty video that captured a passenger's fatal fall from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in December 2016 during the first day of a trial Monday that tasks them with deciding whether the incident was accidental or intentional.

  • December 10, 2018

    Ship Has Sailed On Royal Caribbean Injury Suit: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a Florida federal court's ruling granting summary judgment for Royal Caribbean in a personal injury lawsuit, finding that the suit was filed too late based on what was clearly stated in the cruise company’s ticket contract.

  • December 10, 2018

    11th Circ. Drops Seminole Tribe's Suit Over Fla. Utility Tax

    The Eleventh Circuit has declined to revive the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s suit fighting the application of a state tax to electricity it uses for federally regulated activities, holding that the tribe lost its chance to raise the claims after failing to do so properly in an earlier challenge.

  • December 10, 2018

    Motorcyclist Restarts Suit Over 21st Century Benefits Denial

    A motorcyclist won another shot at his lawsuit against 21st Century Centennial Insurance Co. for denying accident benefits, as a Florida state appeals court found Friday that an exclusion the company cited could be read as applying only to four-wheeled vehicles.

  • December 10, 2018

    Xenia Drops $53.5M On Rebranded Waldorf Astoria In Atlanta

    Real estate investment trust Xenia Hotels & Resorts has acquired the former Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Atlanta for $53.5 million, rebranding it as the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead, the company said Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: BankUnited, Oppenheimer, Landmark

    BankUnited has reportedly loaned $26.5 million for the purchase of a Florida building, Oppenheimer & Co. is said to be taking 13,055 square feet on Third Avenue in Manhattan, and Landmark Development has reportedly paid $30 million for a Florida development site where it may build residential, retail and office space.

  • December 10, 2018

    Fla. Atty Guilty Of Laundering, Fraud In 'Shell Factory' Ring

    A Florida lawyer accused of helping make 20 fraudulent shell companies look legit was convicted Friday in federal court on 33 counts, including money laundering, securities fraud and wire fraud.

  • December 10, 2018

    DC Metro Concrete Conspirator Gets Year In Prison

    A Florida man who pled guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge for his role in falsifying data about the strength of concrete used in a D.C. Metro rail project will spend a year and a day behind bars, a Virginia federal judge said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Judge Favors Spector Roseman To Lead Stock Drop Suit

    A Florida federal magistrate judge recommended Thursday that Spector Roseman & Kodroff PC be named lead counsel in an investor class action alleging misleading statements by health care administration company Mednax led to drops in its stock price, after choosing the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee in a contest to be lead plaintiff.

  • December 7, 2018

    VW Tells 9th Circ. Counties' Emissions Claims Preempted

    Volkswagen AG has told the Ninth Circuit that counties in Florida and Utah cannot revive their claims the German automaker violated local rules by tampering with emissions software in certain diesel vehicles, insisting they’re preempted by the Clean Air Act.

  • December 7, 2018

    Texas AG, Others Tell High Court Trump Can End DACA

    A coalition of 10 states led by Texas and a group of nonprofits led by Citizens United have each filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the move by President Donald Trump’s administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • December 7, 2018

    Morgan & Morgan Can't Nix $5M Legal Malpractice Verdict

    A Florida state judge has rejected Morgan & Morgan PA’s bids to vacate or reduce a $5 million jury award in a legal malpractice suit accusing a firm attorney of botching a medical malpractice suit over a baby's brain damage.

  • December 7, 2018

    Paul Hastings Guides $900M JV Fund Buy Of Orlando Resort

    Paul Hastings LLP has represented a joint venture of funds managed by Trinity Real Estate Investments LLC and Elliott Management Corp. in the acquisition of the Grande Lakes Orlando Resort in Florida, a 409-acre complex that includes two luxury hotels, the law firm said Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Bank Slams Bid To Shelter Owner In Jay Peak Fraud Case

    People's United Financial Inc. asked a Florida federal judge Thursday to deny a receiver's bid to protect Ariel Quiros, allegedly the architect of a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud scheme involving Vermont ski resort Jay Peak, saying there is no legal basis to reward Quiros by sheltering him from further claims.

  • December 7, 2018

    Zumba Says Online Retailers Are Hawking Bootleg Merch

    Exercise company Zumba Fitness LLC has filed a suit in Florida federal court alleging a group of custom merchandise websites including well-known platforms Redbubble and Teespring are selling unauthorized products using its trademark brand name and logo.

  • December 7, 2018

    Receiver In $7.4M Fraud Case Wants Stalking Horse Bid OK’d

    The court-appointed receiver for a group of companies linked to a Chilean fugitive accused of bilking securities investors out of $7.4 million asked a Florida federal court on Friday to approve BryanDB LLC as a stalking horse bidder for company assets, with an opening bid of $1.5 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Triggering Civil Authority Coverage After A Natural Disaster

    Tracey Jordan

    As hurricane season continues, insured business owners in affected areas are likely to seek coverage for loss of business income. It's important to recognize that for business income insurance to cover losses caused by a civil authority order, the order must be a result of actual property damage, says Tracey Jordan of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Fla. Insurers Should Beware Expanded Bad Faith Standards

    Rory Jurman

    The Eleventh Circuit's decision in Bannon v. Geico essentially establishes that Florida insurers have an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations where it is clear that liability lies mostly with their insureds. However, it is unclear what apportionment of fault will trigger the insured's duty, say Rory Jurman and Vanessa Alvarez at Fowler White Burnett PA.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Protecting Florida Medical Plaintiffs’ Access To Courts

    Joe Taraska

    The Florida Supreme Court's recent decision in Morris v. Muniz is intended to help protect the right of victims of medical malpractice to pursue justice. The decision will help to bring the pre-suit investigatory process back to its statutory intent — to weed out frivolous cases, without denying access to the courts for well-founded ones, says Joe Taraska of Morgan & Morgan.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Florida Courts Are Prepared For A New Wave Of Foreclosures

    Victor Petrescu

    For Florida practitioners who experienced the foreclosure crisis that swept through the state beginning in 2008, the recent uptick in foreclosure filings may feel ominous. However, Florida's foreclosure jurisprudence has evolved at an incredible pace, capable of expediting the process tremendously if another crisis arises, says Victor Petrescu of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.