Florida

  • February 21, 2018

    Woodbridge Seeks Ch. 11 Judge's OK For Calif. Consent Order

    The Woodbridge Group asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge late Wednesday to approve its entry into a consent order with California regulators barring the company from future securities sales, without admitting wrongdoing but also without a right to further state hearings.

  • February 21, 2018

    Meet The Forthright Judge Who Crushed A $350M FCA Verdict

    When a Florida federal judge nuked a $350 million False Claims Act verdict last month, the eye-popping reversal was announced in an opinion teeming with bare-knuckle prose — the sort of ruthless writing that has made the judge a local legal legend.

  • February 21, 2018

    Duo Settles With SEC For Selling Outlandish Patent Stocks

    Two Florida men facing fraud charges settled a related case with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, agreeing to be barred from penny stock offerings and securities trading to resolve civil claims that they pilfered $2.5 million selling penny stocks based on dubious nanotechnology patents.

  • February 21, 2018

    Feds’ 'Sanctuary' Funding Cut Threat Illegal, Fla. City Says

    West Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday urged a Florida federal court to enter an order temporarily barring the Trump administration from withholding or clawing back federal funds because of the municipality’s so-called sanctuary city policies, arguing the government’s move would violate federal laws and the U.S. Constitution.

  • February 21, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Argentine Woman Wins Removal Review At 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that a drug trafficking conviction against an Argentine woman did not constitute an aggravated felony because the Florida narcotics statute was categorically overbroad, granting her petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision that disqualified her from cancellation of removal.

  • February 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Angelo Gordon, GGP

    Blackstone is said to have sold an Illinois office property for $47 million, Angelo Gordon has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $64 million, and mall real estate investment trust GGP is said to have bought an Illinois Macy's store for $25 million and leased it back to the retailer.

  • February 20, 2018

    Miami-Dade Sues Marlins For Cut Of Profits From $1.2B Sale

    Miami-Dade County sued the Miami Marlins on Friday, claiming the Major League Baseball team is withholding a 5 percent cut of profits from the team’s $1.2 billion sale under the terms of a 2009 contract for public financing of the team’s $600 million stadium.

  • February 20, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Atty's Appeal Of Essay Sanction

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an attorney's appeal of a sanctions order to write a 5,000-word essay on the consequences of ignoring court orders, and to pay attorneys' fees.

  • February 20, 2018

    Woodbridge Ponzi Defendant Seeks Toss Of SEC Charges

    Ponzi-scheme suspect Robert Shapiro asked a Florida federal court Tuesday to dismiss the Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against him, saying the mortgage notes he sold were not securities.

  • February 20, 2018

    Medical E-Records System Maker Counters Rival's $30M Suit

    Electronic medical records company ZenCharts LLC responded Friday to a $30 million suit by rival Kipu Systems, denying claims it ripped off Kipu's cloud-based records system and adding its own counterclaims that Kipu has interfered with its legitimate efforts to build a superior system.

  • February 20, 2018

    Monat Products Cause Irritation And Hair Loss, Suit Says

    Hair products manufacturer Monat was hit with a proposed class action Tuesday in Florida federal court alleging the company misrepresents that its products are safe and can aid in hair regrowth, when in reality they can cause irritation and hair loss.

  • February 20, 2018

    Traffic Ticket Firm Seeks Sanctions For $11M Antitrust Suit

    A traffic ticket law firm asked a Florida federal court Monday to sanction traffic ticket services startup TIKD for filing an $11.4 million antitrust lawsuit against the firm and The Florida Bar, calling the case an effort to “try to legitimize its own unlicensed practice of law.”

  • February 20, 2018

    Justices Let Stand Health Workers' Convictions in $63M Fraud

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to take up the appeal of two Florida mental health counselors who tried to get new trials after they were convicted of conspiracy for their roles in a $63 million Medicare and Medicaid fraud and kickback scheme.

  • February 20, 2018

    Unions Say Disney World Withheld $1K Tax Cut Bonuses

    Unions representing Disney World workers filed a federal labor complaint on Monday claiming Disney has improperly withheld $1,000 bonuses announced by the company after Congress passed the GOP tax cut bill.

  • February 20, 2018

    Atty Relishes Role As Longtime Foe Of Tort Reform Laws

    Getting a tort reform or other state law ruled unconstitutional is no easy task, but Robert Peck has managed to make a career out of it, traveling across the country and helping to smash roadblocks for the personal injury plaintiffs bar, including a seminal take-down of Florida’s cap on noneconomic damages.

  • February 16, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays Call Foul On Concessionaire's Dismissal Bid

    Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays urged a Florida federal court Friday to deny concessionaire Centerplate's bid to escape the ball club's breach of contract suit over an expiring 20-year pact, saying it has provided no basis and relies on “unfounded accusations.”

  • February 16, 2018

    SDFL Adopts Guidelines For Cooperation On Int'l Bankruptcies

    The Southern District of Florida's bankruptcy court has adopted guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts in cross-border insolvency matters that practitioners say will help courts efficiently handle the increasing number of Chapter 15 cases filed in the region as its ties to Latin America continue to strengthen.

  • February 16, 2018

    Massage Envy Ducks EEOC Suit Over Ebola Fear-Driven Firing

    A Florida federal judge tossed EEOC claims that a Massage Envy franchise owner illegally fired an employee with plans to visit Ghana on fears she would return with the Ebola virus, finding Thursday she did not qualify as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • February 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge Should Be Removed For Campaign Offenses: Panel

    Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended Thursday that a state judge be removed after finding him guilty of violating several judicial rules in a series of incidents, led by his posting of false information about an election opponent on his own campaign website.

  • February 16, 2018

    Uber Driver Can't Sue Over Gun-Carrying Ban, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge on Friday tossed an Uber driver’s proposed class action alleging the rideshare giant’s rule prohibiting drivers and passengers from carrying a gun violates their constitutional rights, finding that the driver has not claimed he’s been harmed by the policy and therefore can’t sue.

Expert Analysis

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • A 'More Than Peanuts' Sentence Of Food Company Officials

    Robert Hibbert

    In U.S. v. Parnell, the Eleventh Circuit recently upheld the longest criminal sentences ever imposed in a food safety case. The court's opinion underlines the abiding significance of the criminal sanction within the food safety landscape, say Robert Hibbert and Hilary Lewis of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Key Recent Changes To Lobbying, Campaign Finance Rules

    Melissa Laurenza

    The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching, bringing with them anticipated increases in political activity along with public scrutiny. Melissa Laurenza and Samuel Olswanger of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP examine recent changes to federal and state lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws and analyze their significance.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • FERC Ruling Smooths Path For Municipal Electric Systems

    Harvey Reiter

    Communities dissatisfied with their local utilities sometimes explore formation of their own municipally run electric systems, but usually face fierce resistance from the utilities they would displace. Municipalization can be a long road, but a recent ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may make the process easier, says Harvey Reiter of Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.