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  • August 16, 2018

    JPMorgan Lends $138M For Miami Condo Tower Project

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has loaned $138.1 million to Two Roads Development for a Miami luxury condo tower project, according to an announcement on Thursday from Walker & Dunlop Inc., which arranged the financing.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    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 Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Judge's Suit Over Disbarment

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision to toss a former Florida state judge's lawsuit over the state's Judicial Qualification Commission’s recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court that she be removed from the bench, as well as affirming her subsequent disbarment by the state bar.

  • August 15, 2018

    Crypto Co. Hit With Default Judgment For Bilking Investors

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday entered a default judgment against Monkey Capital LLC, which a group of investors say pocketed $1.17 million worth of cryptocurrency investments meant for an initial coin offering and the launch of a private cryptocurrency exchange that never happened.

  • August 15, 2018

    Appeals Court Stops Contempt Proceedings Against 2 Attys

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday barred a trial court from continuing indirect criminal contempt proceedings for two attorneys for lender Ditech Financial LLC for violating a discovery order in a foreclosure suit, finding there was no evidence the lawyers had advised the company to violate the order.

  • August 15, 2018

    Insurers Sue RV Maker After 'Spontaneous Fire' In Vehicle

    Recreational vehicle manufacturer Newmar Corp. removed to federal court Wednesday claims brought by four insurance companies seeking reimbursement for coverage of payments they made to vehicle owners after an RV made by Newmar spontaneously burst into flames and damaged other vehicles at a Florida storage facility.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs Jury Instructions In Hurricane Repair Row

    A Florida appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s jury instructions and evidentiary rulings in a trial between two condo associations and an insurance agent over a construction bond needed to repair hurricane damage, rebuffing the associations’ argument that the trial court cost them a larger verdict.

  • August 15, 2018

    Challenge To Beckham's Miami Stadium Referendum Tossed

    Soccer legend David Beckham's proposal to build a $1 billion soccer stadium, retail-office complex and public park on city-owned land in Miami survived an initial legal challenge Wednesday, as a state judge dismissed a challenge to a referendum asking voters to amend the city charter to allow negotiations.

  • August 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lewis Swezy, Ford Motor Credit, WeWork

    Developer Lewis Swezy has reportedly landed $36 million in financing for a Miami apartment complex, Ford Motor Credit is said to have loaned $14.48 million for a Lincoln dealership project in Miami, and WeWork is reportedly leasing nearly 70,000 square feet in New York.

  • August 14, 2018

    Fla. Woman Wins $4.6M In Sex Abuse Suit Against Her Parents

    A Florida jury has awarded $4.6 million in a suit brought by a woman who accused her father of sexually abusing her for 16 years while her mother negligently failed to prevent the abuse, her lawyers announced Tuesday.

  • August 14, 2018

    SEC Strikes Deals In Municipal Bond 'Flipping' Scheme

    Two companies allegedly posed as retail investors to buy municipal bonds, then illegally sold them at a profit to broker-dealers, according to lawsuits filed in Florida and California federal courts by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, but the SEC said it had already settled with the majority of the scheme's alleged participants.

  • August 14, 2018

    Consumer Reporting Biz Violated FCRA, Fired Workers Say

    Consumer reporting agency Global HR Research removed a putative class action to Florida federal court Monday that alleges it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by providing clients access to consumer reports for employment purposes without obtaining certification they would comply with the law.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Woodbridge Says Creditor Claims Aren't Backed By Liens

    Bankrupt real estate venture Woodbridge Group of Cos. LLC on Tuesday told a Delaware bankruptcy court that an adversary complaint lodged by noteholders in its Chapter 11 case should be tossed because the noteholders don't have any liens on the property at the center of the dispute.

  • August 14, 2018

    Chiquita MDL Judge Narrows Claims Against Executives

    A Florida federal court presiding over multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded a right-wing Colombian terrorist organization trimmed claims Monday against several defendants in two cases but declined to fully dismiss either one.

  • August 14, 2018

    Miami's Suit Over Marlins Sale Heads Back To State Court

    A Florida federal judge has agreed with Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami that their suit against the Miami Marlins belongs in state court, ruling Tuesday that the dispute over the team’s $1.2 billion sale was removed to federal court prematurely.

  • August 14, 2018

    Citizen Can't Challenge Immigrant Detention, Fla. County Says

    A Florida county on Monday urged a Florida federal court to toss a U.S. citizen’s challenge to the constitutionality of its policy of cooperating with detainer requests issued by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, arguing the Honduran native lacks standing to bring the case.

  • August 14, 2018

    Cruise Ship Not Liable For Trivia Game Accident: 11th Circ.

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a negligence suit against Celebrity Cruises that was brought by a passenger injured while playing a music trivia game aboard a ship, finding the cruise operator had no duty to warn passengers about the potential risks of the game.

  • August 14, 2018

    Ex-Fla. Justice Challenges Bundling Of Ballot Measures

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead filed a petition Tuesday asking the Florida secretary of state to justify a plan to bundle unrelated proposed constitutional amendments for voters on the November ballot.

  • August 14, 2018

    11th Circ. Axes Tax Fraud Conviction Over Incomplete Record

    The Eleventh Circuit vacated a woman's convictions and sentence for filing false income tax returns, wire fraud and identity theft Tuesday, saying a lower court inadequately constructed a change-of-plea hearing for which there was no record.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Sidewalks: The Next Mobility Frontier

    Michele Satterlund

    Sidewalks are an increasingly integral part of how people and goods are transported. While some jurisdictions are banning certain technologies from their sidewalks, others are recognizing the importance of expanding mobility options, says Michele Satterlund, an attorney with McGuireWoods LLP and lobbyist with McGuireWoods Consulting.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Federal Inaction And State Activity: Student Loan Edition

    David Gettings

    As a result of waning federal involvement, states have increased their roles in the regulation and litigation of private student loans, and servicers and lenders now confront an amorphous environment policed by a diverse cast. And with student loan defaults rising, state enforcement activities may not be the only increase in litigation the industry sees, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Website Accessibility Suits Threaten Omnichannel Sales

    Alan Behr

    Retailers and others with consumer websites that support physical sales facilities are being hit with lawsuits claiming that their websites exclude the visually impaired in violation of federal law. But thus far, federal courts have disagreed on whether a website is a “place of public accommodation,” say Alan Behr and Rachel Bandli at Phillips Nizer LLP.