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Florida

  • January 16, 2019

    Dairy Makers Get Tolling Args Tossed From Milk Price Suit

    A Florida federal judge handed a win to Land O'Lakes and other dairy makers in a suit brought by a pair of grocery chains alleging the dairies drove up the price of milk, saying that the statute of limitations should not be paused.

  • January 16, 2019

    Becker & Poliakoff Launches Opportunity Zone Practice

    Becker & Poliakoff PA has launched a multidisciplinary opportunity zone practice to help clients navigate investing in the new low-income zones established by the 2017 tax reform law, the firm announced.

  • January 16, 2019

    11th Circ. Won't Send Divorced Man's Kids To Switzerland

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Georgia federal court’s determination that a German man may not have his children returned to Switzerland, as his divorce agreement authorized their mother to take them to the United States.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-NFL Player's Bid For Injury Benefits Denied By Fla. Judge

    Former NFL defensive lineman Darren Mickell’s yearslong suit against the league’s retirement plan hit a brick wall on Tuesday, after a Florida federal court denied his bid to overturn the plan’s decision that he didn’t qualify for certain disability benefits.

  • January 16, 2019

    CBP Escapes Suit Over Falsifying Gay Asylum Seeker's Docs

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a gay Mexican man’s suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of denying his bid for asylum after failing to give him a chance to present his fear-based claims and falsified paperwork for his deportation, ruling that the court has no jurisdiction in the case.

  • January 16, 2019

    Fla. Medical Spa Hit With TCPA Suit Over Unwanted Texts

    A Miami-area medical spa was hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Florida federal court, alleging that it sent unwanted telemarketing text messages, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 15, 2019

    Oxbow Carbon Must Pay Up In Chancery Records Dispute

    A Delaware vice chancellor ordered Oxbow Carbon LLC to pay $60,000 in fees to minority investors who won an order compelling the sale of William Koch’s multibillion-dollar energy company and then sued for records on its payments to the founder's personal attorney at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • January 15, 2019

    Hunton Andrews DQ Bid Under Fire In Crash Coverage Suit

    Ranger Construction Industries Inc. slammed Allied World National Assurance Co.'s bid to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for allegedly using inadvertently disclosed confidential documents in a pending case, saying Tuesday the insurer is trying to turn its own errors into a "reason to rob Ranger of its chosen counsel."

  • January 15, 2019

    11th Circ. Jettisons NASA Worker’s Army Base Injury Award

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday vacated an injury award in a suit blaming the federal government for injuries a NASA civilian employee suffered in an auto collision due to a U.S. Army base security guard’s alleged negligence, saying the government is immune to liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

  • January 15, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Rilea, Pan Am Equities, LIT Industrial

    Rilea Group has reportedly bought part of a Florida shopping center for $10.37 million, Pan Am Equities is said to have purchased a New York apartment building for $90 million, and LIT Industrial reportedly picked up a Miami warehouse from Tropical Shipping for $32.6 million.

  • January 15, 2019

    Miami Atty Humiliated Ex-Partner, Ethics Complaint Says

    The Florida Bar filed an ethics complaint Monday against Miami-area divorce attorney Daniel Kaplan, saying he disparaged and humiliated other attorneys, including in connection with a legal dispute with his former partner Eduardo Rasco, and violated a related court order.

  • January 15, 2019

    Florida's GrayRobinson Picks Up DC Lobbying Firm

    GrayRobinson PA is acquiring Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Eris Group LLC, extending the Florida firm’s lobbying capabilities beyond the state and helping it serve clients at a federal level, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2019

    Group Owes SEC $6.6M In Woodbridge Securities Probe

    Three people and two companies owe the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission more than $6.6 million after a Florida federal judge on Monday entered judgment against them for allegedly selling unregistered securities of Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, which collapsed last year after the SEC charged it with running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

  • January 15, 2019

    3 Firms Shepherd $275M Deal For PE-Backed AppRiver

    Security technology company Zix Corp. has agreed to buy cloud-based cybersecurity services provider AppRiver from private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for $275 million in cash, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal steered by Baker Botts LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ex-Bankrate Exec’s 5-Year Sentence For $25M Fraud Halved

    A former Bankrate Inc. executive’s five-year sentence for his role in a $25 million fraudulent accounting scheme was cut in half by a Florida federal judge on Monday after prosecutors pushed for a sentence reduction based on his extensive cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • January 14, 2019

    Atty Central To Marijuana Penny Stock Fraud Plot, Gov't Says

    A Florida-based securities attorney was a central figure in a plot to defraud investors who bought penny stock in a company involved in hydroponic marijuana growing equipment, prosecutors told a Colorado federal jury Monday at the start of his trial.

  • January 14, 2019

    Devout Dishwasher Fired For Resting Sundays Wins $21.5M

    A Florida federal jury on Monday handed down a $21.5 million verdict against Park Hotels & Resort, formerly known as Hilton Worldwide Inc., in a suit brought by a dishwasher alleging religious discrimination when she was fired after refusing to work on a Sunday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Jones Walker Snags Fowler Rodriguez Team In Merger

    Jones Walker LLP has absorbed the founding partner of fellow New Orleans-anchored international dispute firm Fowler Rodriguez, along with a group of attorneys versed in working with domestic and international maritime, energy and insurance clients on issues including infrastructure deals, immigration, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration.

  • January 14, 2019

    Pineapple Farm Blasts Del Monte Fee Award In 11th Circ.

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm urged the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to reverse a ruling ordering it to pay a Monaco-based Del Monte unit’s attorneys’ fees after unsuccessfully challenging a more than $29.3 million arbitration award, saying the lower court erred by imposing the sanctions without jurisdiction and without a finding of bad faith.

  • January 14, 2019

    Doorstep Delivery FLSA Suit Settled After Decertification

    Doorstep Delivery has been able to settle a driver’s Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service claiming that he was misclassified as an independent contractor and not properly paid overtime.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Preemption In Pharmaceutical Cases: 2018 In Review

    Connor Sheehan

    2018 marked another interesting year in the shifting landscape of pharmaceutical drug preemption, with important cases concerning newly acquired information, generic drugs, innovator liability, clear evidence, serious adverse events and marketing claims, says Connor G. Sheehan of Dunn Sheehan LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 4

    Metisse Lutz

    In the final installment of their four-part series, attorneys at Grant Thornton LLP look at two of the year's SALT incentive "megadeals" and review an Illinois Supreme Court decision that resolved uncertainty surrounding a statutory property tax exemption and may prove instructive for other jurisdictions.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.