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Florida

  • 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.

  • June 20, 2018

    Judicial Nominees Talk Cocaine, Incest At Bizarre Hearing

    At times echoing a law school classroom, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday probed judicial nominees for the Fourth Circuit and a Florida district court about the limits of government power, asking about the ability to crack down on cocaine use and stop incest.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ocwen Wants Out Of Investment Funds' Compliance Fight

    Ocwen Financial Corp. and its executives on Tuesday said a group of Owl Creek investment funds have based their claims over a decline in stock value amid the mortgage servicer's alleged compliance failures on inactionable statements and asked a Florida federal judge to toss the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Rum, Cannabis And The 4th Amendment: A History Lesson

    Collin Wedel

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently made his first move against legal marijuana by reversing the U.S. Justice Department’s policy of not enforcing federal cannabis laws in states that had legalized it. Sessions might be wise to study how a crackdown on contraband rum helped incite the American Revolution and influenced the U.S. Constitution, says Collin Wedel of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Single Factor Income Apportionment: Inconsistent Standard

    Glenn Newman

    A majority of states claim that in-state sales are sufficient nexus to collect corporate income tax from businesses physically located across state lines, but income apportionment methods are inconsistent. Companies need to be prepared for the day one state seeks to collect a share of income tax that's already been paid to another, says Glenn Newman of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Importance Of Attorney Etiquette In The Courtroom

    Christina Marinakis

    It’s difficult to say whether an attorney’s social etiquette has any impact on the verdict outcome, but the fact that jurors continually tell us about counsel’s irksome behaviors suggests that, at the very least, these behaviors distract jurors from the issues on which they should be concentrating, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • A Shift On Employee Title VII Protections At 6th Circ.

    Michael Pepperman

    While the Sixth Circuit held in 2006 that Title VII didn't cover sexual orientation discrimination, the court's recent decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes is part of the current trend of courts broadly construing the meaning of “sex discrimination” and increasing workplace protections under federal law for LGBT employees, say attorneys with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.