Florida

  • 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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Bar Wants Ex-President Off $11.4M Antitrust Suit

    A former Florida Bar president should not continue representing a traffic ticket services startup suing the organization and a law firm for $11.4 million for allegedly undermining its business, the bar told a Florida federal court, arguing the use of confidential legal information he received in that role violates a fiduciary duty.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Compounding Pharmacy Can't Escape Tricare FCA Suit

    A Florida federal judge refused Monday to dismiss the federal government’s False Claims Act suit against a compounding pharmacy accused of overbilling Tricare for prescriptions, saying the government had sufficiently backed its allegations against both the company and its owner.

  • December 4, 2017

    UF Blocked Law Professor's Sabbatical Pay, Jury Told

    Counsel for a University of Florida law professor told a Florida jury during Monday opening statements that the school promised the professor a paid sabbatical to settle a discrimination lawsuit, but violated the deal by blocking Boston University from paying him $102,000 to teach during the sabbatical.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Norwegian Cruise CEO Wants $95M From Co., Successor

    A former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO asked jurors in Miami for $95 million in damages Monday against his former employer and another ex-CEO for allegedly killing his chances in the industry with defamatory statements and cutting him out of profit-sharing revenue.

  • December 4, 2017

    Feds Can't Skirt $33M Brain Damage Verdict, Family Says

    The parents of an infant who suffered irreversible brain damage during a botched delivery performed by a doctor at a federally funded health clinic told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that the government shouldn’t get back portions of a $33 million verdict if the boy dies earlier than expected.

  • December 4, 2017

    TPG Sweetens Deal For Medical Device Co. Exactech To $737M

    Florida-based Exactech Inc. on Monday said that private equity giant TPG Capital raised its offer price for the orthopedic implant device maker in a deal now valued at $737 million, just weeks after the companies agreed to a tie-up valued at $625 million.

  • December 4, 2017

    Food Cos. Can't Flee Suit Claiming Squid Sold As Octopus

    A Miami-based food vendor and its supplier can't escape a proposed consumer class action accusing them of misrepresenting their squid as octopus in an effort to boost profits, a California federal court ruled Friday as the proposed class amended its initial complaint.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Justices Won't Weigh Loss Of $24B Win By Smoker's Wife

    The Florida Supreme Court declined Monday to take up the appeal of a smoker's widow who had her $23.6 billion win against R.J. Reynolds overturned in a lower appeals court, sending the parties back to the trial court for a new trial.

  • December 1, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Conviction For Fla. Mortgage Fraudster

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday affirmed the conviction and nearly 22-year sentence of a Florida man found guilty of duping the government out of $25 million through a mortgage fraud scheme, finding the evidence was sufficient and backing the trial court's actions during and after his trial.

  • December 1, 2017

    Fla. ‘Spongebuddy’ Co. Part Of Penny Stock Scam, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday hit the operators of a Florida entertainment business with a suit in Florida federal court alleging they used a penny stock scheme to scam mostly elderly investors out of at least $5.4 million to raise money for a product called the Spongebuddy, a sponge-like glove they planned to market.

  • December 1, 2017

    NY Atty Gets 3 Years For Role In Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has sentenced a New York attorney to three years in prison for his role in a pump-and-dump scheme in which co-conspirators issued shares in fraudulent shell companies and sold them to investors at a profit, according to court records released Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    Fla. Judge Accused Of Steering Mediation Work To Adviser

    Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission charged a Broward County judge late Thursday with improperly steering lucrative mediations to an attorney who volunteered as her campaign manager and recommended she be suspended without pay for 30 days.

  • December 1, 2017

    Insurer Can't Bar Post-Loss Benefit Assignments: Fla. Panel

    A Florida appeals court on Friday upheld an insurance regulator's refusal to let Security First Insurance Co. roll out new policy language that would have restricted the policyholder's ability to assign insurance benefits to a third party after a loss has occurred, finding that the proposed language is impermissible under state law.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Copyright Registration Debate May Head To High Court

    Alexander Kaplan

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to reverse a recent Eleventh Circuit decision and settle a disagreement over the copyright registration requirement for lawsuits alleging infringement. While circuit splits are relatively rare in copyright law, this divide is deepening, says Alexander Kaplan of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • A New Approach To Climate Analysis Under NEPA?

    Avi Garbow

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and FERC’s response, point to the National Environmental Policy Act as possibly the next legal battleground over how federal agencies consider climate change, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Florida Amendment 7 Objections Are On Life Support

    Corey Lapin

    Although the citizens of Florida voted to amend the state's constitution in 2004 to allow nearly unfettered access to records of “adverse medical incidents,” defendants have continued to use new and refined theories in response to Amendment 7 discovery requests. The recent ruling in Edwards v. Thomas may put an end to many of these tactics, says Cory Lapin of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Congressional Forecast: November

    Richard Hertling

    After months of talk, speculation and behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Republican tax reform proposal is expected to be released to the public this week. The stakes surrounding it are high; failure to pass the bill could put at risk Republican control of Congress in the 2018 elections, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.