Florida

  • March 20, 2018

    Minor League Wage Fight A Class Issue, Unions Tell 9th Circ.

    Unions representing minor league hockey players, sports officials and nonsports professionals urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold class certification for minor league baseball players in a wage-and-hour suit against Major League Baseball and its teams, saying that the only way the players can adequately litigate their claims is as a class.

  • March 20, 2018

    AAR Denies DynCorp Claim That Trade Secret Deal Is Far Off

    AAR Airlift Group told a Florida federal court on Monday that DynCorp’s suit accusing an AAR unit of stealing secrets to score a $10 billion U.S. Department of State counternarcotics services contract should only be reopened to enforce a settlement, contradicting DynCorp’s claim that the parties were far from reaching agreement.

  • March 20, 2018

    Fla. Owners Want Compensation For Banned Bump Stocks

    A group of bump fire stock owners filed a putative class suit in Tallahassee, saying that Florida's new gun control law that will bar ownership of bump stocks fails to compensate gun owners who already own these rapid-fire accessories for their soon-to-be-illegal property.

  • March 20, 2018

    Marriott Front Desk Workers Drop OT Suit

    A proposed class of front desk workers in Florida federal court on Monday dropped their Fair Labor Standards Act action claiming Marriott International Inc. and 10 related entities shorted workers on overtime and benefits, backing out after Marriott claimed the lead plaintiff has no standing to sue entities that didn’t employ her.

  • March 20, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

    Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.

  • March 19, 2018

    Fla. High Court Urged To Reverse Foreclosure Fees Precedent

    A Florida woman is urging the state's highest court to reverse a precedent-setting appeals court decision that said she could not invoke an attorneys' fees provision after prevailing in a foreclosure suit because the noteholder failed to establish standing, arguing that position encourages wrongful actions.

  • March 19, 2018

    Fla. OKs Budget With Cash For Two Citrus Canker Judgments

    A lengthy legal fight ended for thousands of Florida homeowners Friday when Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2018-19 state budget, including $52 million for judgments they won as compensation for Florida's having cut down their healthy citrus trees in an effort to eradicate the plant disease citrus canker.

  • March 19, 2018

    Newly Filed Miami Bridge Collapse Suit Won't Be The Last

    A cyclist who was injured last week when a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami filed suit Monday, the first of what experts say will be dozens of cases stemming from the tragic accident that killed six people.

  • March 19, 2018

    FTC Settles With Registration Cos. Claiming Gov't Ties

    The Federal Trade Commission reached a deal Friday whereby operators of a registration service for motor carriers will pay $900,000 and are enjoined from claiming government affiliation, after allegedly misrepresenting their association with the U.S. Department of Transportation to get small trucking businesses to pay them for registrations.

  • March 19, 2018

    DynCorp Wants AAR Trade Secret Case Revived After Impasse

    DynCorp asked a Florida federal judge Friday to reopen its suit accusing a unit of AAR Airlift Group of stealing its secrets to score a $10 billion U.S. Department of State counternarcotics services contract, saying the parties hadn’t been able to come to terms on a previously announced settlement deal.

  • March 19, 2018

    Chiropractors, Attys Say Geico Fraud Claims Lack Specifics

    Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC, a pair of law firms and several other parties on Friday filed a flurry of motions to dismiss Geico’s $15 million suit over allegedly fraudulent insurance claims, contending the company had not backed up its claims with specifics.

  • March 19, 2018

    Fla. Man Charged With H-2B Visa Fraud

    A Florida resident has been arrested and charged with visa fraud in federal court after allegedly filing false H-2B visa certification and immigration petitions that allowed more than 300 people from Jamaica into the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Friday.

  • March 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Amazon, Citi

    WeWork reportedly leased 55,000 square feet in Hong Kong, Amazon executives are said to be traveling to Chicago later this week to discuss a possible second headquarters in the Windy City, and Citi is said to have loaned $28 million for a recent retail purchase in Orlando.

  • March 19, 2018

    Miami Marlins Push For Arbitration In Suit Over $1.2B Sale

    The Miami Marlins asked a Florida federal court Friday to compel arbitration in their dispute with Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami over the governments' claims on a cut of the profits from the recent $1.2 billion sale of the Major League Baseball team.

  • March 19, 2018

    Autoliv Must Face Ga. Fatal Crash Suit, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit reinstated part of a lawsuit against seat belt manufacturer Autoliv Japan Ltd. on Friday, ruling Georgia law doesn’t exempt the company from liability for the death of a driver whose family claims that his seat belt failed when he ran off the highway and crashed.

  • March 19, 2018

    Ex-Air Force Officer Can Recant Plea Over Bad Counsel

    A Florida federal judge set the stage for trial Friday by allowing a retired U.S. Air Force officer to withdraw part of his guilty plea over an alleged $5.4 million bribery scheme involving government contracts, as the officer convinced the court he got bad advice from his counsel.

  • March 16, 2018

    Fla. Property Investors Urge Cert. In $157M Fraud Suit

    Investors urged a Florida federal court Friday to grant class certification in their suit claiming they lost nearly $157 million invested through Cabot Investment Properties LLC as a result of an embezzlement scheme run by its executives and allegedly supported by property manager CBRE Inc. and others.

  • March 16, 2018

    Split 11th Circ. Upholds Bias Verdict In Promotion Row

    A heavily fractured Eleventh Circuit panel delivered a long-awaited decision in a woman’s discrimination suit alleging she was passed over for promotion because of her gender, on Friday upholding a jury’s finding of bias and affirming a decision to remove punitive damages from the verdict.

  • March 16, 2018

    Summary Judgment Denial Clears Path For Abilify Trials

    A Florida federal judge late Thursday released a redacted version of an order denying a bid for summary judgment from Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Meyers Squibb in multidistrict litigation over alleged side effects of the anti-psychotic drug Abilify, paving the way for trials in consumers' cases this summer.

  • March 16, 2018

    Miami Renter Battles Condo Association Over Fees

    A putative class of renters battling a Miami condominium association over purportedly illegal application and move-in fees argued Friday over whether a reference in the association’s bylaws to compliance with the Florida Condominium Act is enough to show the association knew it was violating the law.

Expert Analysis

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.