Florida

  • December 7, 2017

    Eye Doc Blasts Feds' Loss Calculations Before Sentencing

    Counsel for a politically connected Florida ophthalmologist convicted of overbilling Medicare by $32 million urged a district court to toss the government's loss calculations Thursday as the sides made final arguments before sentencing, suggesting prosecutors have met the burden of proof for only $64,000 in false claims.

  • December 7, 2017

    11th Circ. Won't Give LabMD 2nd Bite At Tiversa Fraud Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a computer hacking and trespass suit that LabMD filed against Tiversa in Georgia federal court as part of the parties' wide-ranging dispute over the exposure of a LabMD patient data file, agreeing with a lower court that there was no evidence that a Pepper Hamilton LLP partner who represented Tiversa intentionally deceived the court.

  • December 7, 2017

    Air Force Contractor, Subcontractor Settle $9M Suit

    U.S. Air Force contractor Space Coast Launch Services LLC reached an undisclosed settlement in Florida federal court Thursday with space launch operations support subcontractor Yang Enterprises Inc. in the subcontractor's breach of contract suit accusing Space Coast of underpaying it $9 million, according to settlement conference minutes.

  • December 7, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Allegro, ShopOne

    WeWork is reportedly close to a deal to lease two floors in Chicago, Allegro Senior Living is said to have landed a $44.5 million loan for a senior living project in Florida, and ShopOne Centers REIT has reportedly picked up a New Jersey grocery-anchored shopping center for $26.5 million.

  • December 7, 2017

    Puma Exec's Brother Traded On Cancer Drug Info, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday filed a suit in Florida federal court accusing the brother of a Puma Biotechnology Inc. executive of reaping $107,000 in illegal profits through insider trading based on conversations between the two related to the development of a cancer drug.

  • December 7, 2017

    Philip Morris Wants Redo Over Atty's 'Predatory' Comparison

    Philip Morris USA Inc. asked the Eleventh Circuit Wednesday to order a new trial in an Engle progeny case that resulted in more than $20 million in damages, arguing that plaintiff’s counsel made improper closing arguments that compared the tobacco company to a “predatory stranger stalking children.”

  • December 7, 2017

    SEC Wants Bankrupt Woodbridge Sanctioned Over Emails

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission renewed its call for sanctions against real estate development and investment firm Woodbridge Group of Cos. LLC for failing to produce emails from two executives, arguing Thursday that recent declarations filed in the firm's bankruptcy tear apart the company's excuses for not producing the documents.

  • December 7, 2017

    Feds Say Ballplayer Smuggler Can't Walk Free During Appeal

    The federal government shot back Wednesday at a bid by a sports trainer to evade prison while he appeals his conviction over a scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S. illegally, telling a Florida federal judge it is unlikely the Eleventh Circuit will rule in his favor.

  • December 7, 2017

    Fed. Reform Means Scores Of Tax Decisions Await States

    A swift march toward tax reform by the U.S. Congress means state legislatures, which gavel in next month, will be faced with responding to a giant overhaul of the federal tax code.

  • December 6, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Must Turn Over 'Oral Downloads' To SEC

    A Florida federal magistrate judge found Tuesday that Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP waived work product protection when it gave “oral downloads” of material from its internal investigation of General Cable Corp. to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and now must disclose that material to two former GCC executives being sued by the regulator for accounting fraud.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bank Tells 11th Circ. Irrelevant Evidence Backed $3M Ruling

    One of Guatemala's largest banks urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a $3.3 million jury verdict a Miami-based corporate finance advisory firm won against it for reneging on contract fees, saying the trial court's judgment was based on irrelevant evidence it should have excluded.

  • December 6, 2017

    Animal Groups Ask 11th Circ. For Redo In Captive Orca Suit

    An Eleventh Circuit panel questioned animal rights groups at length Wednesday on what would be the fate of the Miami Seaquarium's captive orca, Lolita, if it grants their appeal for a new trial in their suit challenging her treatment and they were to prevail.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bankrupt Real Estate Firm Gets SEC Suit Halted

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday paused a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into real estate development and investment firm Woodbridge Group of Cos. LLC after the firm filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday.

  • December 5, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 4 Names For District Seats

    Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Monday sent the names of four potential nominees — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for the three vacancies on the Middle District of Florida bench.

  • December 5, 2017

    Plan To Move Miami Tennis Tournament Hits Possible Snag

    IMG Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday appeared poised to score a win for a long-term deal to move its Miami Open tennis tournament to the Miami Dolphins' stadium, but a last-minute change by the county before approving two needed agreements had the company questioning if the plan will clear the net.

  • December 5, 2017

    11th Circ. Won't Review 'Mutability' In Dreadlocks Bias Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday declined to reconsider as a full court a ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect wearing dreadlocks because they are not an “immutable” characteristic of blackness, despite a lengthy dissent arguing a panel misread the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Price Waterhouse decision.

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Dolphins Coach Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Paul Weiss Suit

    An attorney for former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner told an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday that attorney Ted Wells and his firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP distorted facts in an investigative report that blamed him for fostering a culture of bullying and taunting a player who ended up leaving the team.

  • December 5, 2017

    Lighthouse Counts As US Soil, Cuban Migrants Tell 11th Circ.

    An attorney for a group of Cubans refused asylum after landing at an abandoned Florida Keys lighthouse urged an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday to reverse that decision, arguing the district judge should not have deferred to the U.S. Coast Guard on whether the lighthouse was considered U.S. soil.

  • December 5, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: SL Green, Randy Rissman, Florida Power

    A venture that includes real estate investment trust SL Green has reportedly landed a $195 million loan for a New York retail property, Tiger Electronics founder Randy Rissman is said to be nearing a deal to buy a Chicago office property and Florida Power & Light Co. has reportedly bought more than 1,300 acres of land in northern Florida.

  • December 5, 2017

    Tax Preparers Sanctioned For Behavior, Mocking Discovery

    A Florida federal magistrate judge on Monday sanctioned two tax return preparers and their companies after the U.S. last month accused them of mocking the discovery process and signing documents with a curse word in the government’s case accusing them of filing false federal tax returns.

Expert Analysis

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.