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Florida

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    11th Circ. Says FCA Relator Barred From Forfeiture Case

    Criminal forfeiture law prevents False Claims Act whistleblowers from intervening in related forfeiture proceedings when the government chooses prosecution over intervening in a related FCA case, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Katten, GrayRobinson Steer $275M Baggage Delivery Co. Deal

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP led parking, ground transportation and event logistics company SP Plus in its $275 million purchase of airline baggage delivery service Baggage Airline Guest Services, which was guided by GrayRobinson PA, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Brazilian Who Owes $500K Arbitral Award Can Be Sued In Fla.

    A Florida federal judge has shut down a bid by a Brazilian man to nix a lawsuit filed by a Rio de Janeiro investment firm looking to enforce a more than $500,000 arbitration award, finding his many contacts in Florida give the court jurisdiction over him.

  • October 17, 2018

    Creditors Say Fla. Insurance Co. Fraudulently Dumped Assets

    A trustee for creditors of ATIF Inc. filed suit Tuesday in Florida bankruptcy court alleging the bankrupt title insurance underwriter’s 2015 transfer of assets worth millions of dollars to Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. was a fraudulent attempt to avoid paying creditors.

  • October 17, 2018

    Construction Cos. Claim No Relation To $2.5M Tax Liability

    Global construction company dck international LLC and its affiliates have asked a Florida federal court to reject a $2.5 million demand from the Internal Revenue Service for assessed payroll tax liability, arguing they are not an alter ego of other companies the agency assessed.

  • October 17, 2018

    We Don't 'Rubber Stamp' Gov't On Immigration, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declared that it does not "rubber stamp" the federal government's decisions in immigration cases, as the court vacated the Board of Immigration Appeals' denial of a man's bid to reopen his deportation proceedings.

  • October 17, 2018

    FCC Deregulation Hobbling Hurricane Recovery, Group Says

    Public Knowledge, a nonprofit public interest group, said Wednesday that the slow pace of repairs to Florida’s communications services in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael can be blamed on phone service deregulation by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • October 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TPA, Thor, New Wave Loans Residential

    TPA Group has reportedly landed $11.5 million in financing for a Florida warehouse project, a Thor Equities venture is said to have scored a $305 million loan for three New York office and retail properties, and New Wave Loans Residential has reportedly loaned $8.3 million for the recent purchase of a Florida automotive property.

  • October 17, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Chooses Florida For New Legal Services Hub

    Baker McKenzie plans to launch a global service center in Tampa, Florida, to build on the success of its existing hubs in the Philippines and Northern Ireland, the global law firm said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    4th Circ., Fla. Court Picks Glide Through Sparse Hearing

    President Donald Trump's choices for a Fourth Circuit seat and district court seats in Florida and Alabama cruised through a sparsely attended nominations hearing Wednesday, after Democrats objected to holding the hearing at all.

  • October 17, 2018

    Lens Makers Look To Nix Price-Fixing Claims From MDL

    Several major contact lens manufacturers urged a Florida federal judge on Tuesday to slice two types of antitrust claims off sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing them of conspiring to keep prices high, calling the consumers' arguments fatally flawed.

  • October 16, 2018

    Netflix Wants Author's 'Narcos' Copyright Suit Tossed

    Netflix said Tuesday that a Florida federal court should dismiss a copyright infringement suit over its popular series “Narcos” because the Colombian ex-journalist claiming parts of the series resemble her memoir about her romantic relationship with drug kingpin Pablo Escobar didn’t allege that the show’s producers had access to her work.

  • October 16, 2018

    Ex-Foley Partner Disbarred In Fla. For Insider Trading

    The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred Tampa attorney Walter “Chet” Little, who was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this year for insider trading after admitting he took advantage of confidential client information while serving as a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • October 16, 2018

    Florida Policy Won't Cover NJ Car Crash, Court Says

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday declined to revive a motorist’s suit against another driver over a car crash, ruling the motorist’s out-of-state insurance policy invalid in the Garden State, thus barring him from seeking damages against the other driver.

  • October 16, 2018

    Hard Rock Says It 'Did The Right Thing' By Dropping TM Suit

    Hard Rock Cafe said Monday that it should not be punished after it “did the right thing” and dropped a trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, sharply criticizing the smaller company for seeking repayment of nearly half a million dollars in legal bills.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up.

  • October 16, 2018

    Debt Collector's Attys Warned Over Bid To Ditch FDCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday denied Simm Associates' bid to dismiss a proposed class action claiming Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations for charging excessive fees and warned the debt collector's counsel over a lack of candor in the cases they cited.

  • October 16, 2018

    Ex-Trump Aide Says Gizmodo 'Ruined His Life' In $100M Suit

    Jason Miller, a former aide to President Donald Trump, filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo Media Group in Florida federal court Monday, claiming that the website Splinter “ruined his life” by running a story that he tried to slip a woman he’d impregnated an abortion pill.

  • October 15, 2018

    21st Century Oncology Gets Stipulated Dismissal of FCA Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice and a Florida whistleblower agreed Monday to drop their False Claims Act suit against bankrupt 21st Century Oncology Inc. over an allegedly dirty $2.5 billion contract linked to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, after a parallel adversary proceeding in Florida bankruptcy court was tossed in May.

Expert Analysis

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5.5 Ways To Remove GILTI From Your State Tax Base

    Zal Kumar

    In many states, the lack of specific guidance addressing the inclusion of global intangible low-taxed income, or GILTI, is causing concern that GILTI will be includible in the state tax base. Attorneys from Mayer Brown LLP highlight several possible avenues for removing GILTI from the state tax base.

  • Try Using Neutrals For State Court ESI Disputes

    Robert Wilkins

    According to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, cooperating with opposing counsel to resolve electronically stored information disputes is not required in litigation that is not designated as complex, unless provided for by an individual judge or in certain circuits. But mandated or not, this is a best practice in any state court action, says Robert Wilkins of Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs PA.