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Florida

  • 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.

  • August 14, 2018

    Ex-Colombia Anti-Corruption Chief, Atty Admit To Bribery

    Colombia’s top anti-corruption official and an attorney pled guilty Tuesday to charges filed in Florida that they laundered money and solicited bribes to obstruct an investigation into a former Colombian governor who is now cooperating with U.S. authorities.

  • August 14, 2018

    Smoker's Death Shouldn't Pause Arguments, 11th Circ. Told

    The attorney for a now-deceased ex-smoker who was fighting for the reinstatement of $20 million in punitive damages against Philip Morris USA Inc. told the Eleventh Circuit Monday that her death is no reason to postpone the oral arguments set for Wednesday, dryly noting that the tobacco company’s “compassionate response is touching.”

  • August 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Columbia, Chiron, JPMorgan

    Columbia Property Trust is reportedly in talks to form a venture to purchase Ares Management's stake in a New York office project, Chiron Investments is said to have dropped $16.5 million on a former Miami nightclub, and JPMorgan has reportedly loaned $138 million for a Miami condo tower project.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability.

  • August 13, 2018

    Relator Dismissed From GE Healthcare False Claims Act Suit

    A Florida federal judge decided it was the “end of the line” Monday for a former GE Healthcare employee in his False Claims Act suit claiming the company used false records to sell improperly made drugs, refusing to extend the deadline to find a new attorney but leaving the door open for government-led claims.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo.

  • August 13, 2018

    SEC Hits 2 Aegis Oil Agents Over $42M In Unregistered Sales

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued two individuals Monday for allegedly selling $42 million in unregistered securities in the form of “joint venture units” in oil and gas development projects by Texas-based oil companies Aegis Oil LLC and 7S Oil & Gas LLC.

  • August 13, 2018

    States Push Back Against Dismissal Bids In Opioid MDL

    Dozens of states slammed a bid by drugmakers and distributor McKesson Corp. to dismiss claims that they fueled the opioid crisis, telling an Ohio federal judge who is overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation that a state's ability to protect the health of its citizens must not be restricted.

  • August 13, 2018

    Cruise Line Partly Escapes Suit Over Child's Sex Assault

    Norwegian Cruise Line has ducked a negligence claim in Florida federal court in a suit over a 12-year-old girl's alleged sexual assault by an employee who used his master key to enter her cabin, with the judge saying the plaintiffs failed to state a claim for negligent hiring, retention, monitoring and supervising.

  • August 13, 2018

    Microcap Co. Exec Settles SEC's Claims Of $11M Fraud

    The chief executive of microcap company eCareer Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay more than $700,000 to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claims that his business defrauded more than 400 investors out of $11 million by selling unregistered shares and misrepresenting the company, according to a judgment entered Monday in Florida federal court.

  • August 13, 2018

    AirBnB Claims Immunity From Miami Apartment Owners' Suit

    AirBnB Inc. told a Florida appeals court Monday that it should not have to face a lawsuit from Miami apartment complex owners fighting illegal short-term rentals in their buildings, saying the company is immune from liability for publishing third-party conduct under the Communications Decency Act.

  • August 13, 2018

    Hospice Urges High Court To Avoid FCA Pleading Dispute

    A Florida-based hospice chain Monday pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid wading into a long-simmering dispute over how precisely False Claims Act suits must be pled, asserting that a circuit split on the issue has mostly evaporated.

  • August 13, 2018

    Gay Bias Split Too Recent For Justices' Review, County Says

    A Georgia county accused of firing a gay man because of his sexual orientation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to decline review of an Eleventh Circuit ruling ending the man's suit and instead let the country's appeals courts work through a fresh divide over whether federal law bars discrimination against gay workers.

  • August 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Melo, Brookfield

    Blackstone Group is reportedly in late-stage talks to sell a portfolio of properties in India for $285.9 million, Melo Group is said to have bought a Miami multifamily development site for $12.93 million and Brookfield Asset Management has reportedly secured a buy option for the land underneath a Manhattan office tower it's leasing.

  • August 13, 2018

    Foley & Lardner Beats DQ Bid In Fla. Legal Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal court refused to disqualify Foley & Lardner LLP from representing a Florida chiropractic clinic in a legal malpractice suit, finding defendants Bock Hatch Lewis & Oppenheim LLC and member David Oppenheim’s bid untimely and their arguments insufficient for such a “harsh sanction.”

  • August 13, 2018

    11th Circ. Tosses Atty Sanction In Trucking Co. OT Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday threw out a sanction for a Miami Beach lawyer and his client stemming from a trucking company overtime pay case, saying a decision last fall about conflicting positions taken by a litigant in separate judicial proceedings called for a reversal.

  • August 10, 2018

    How The Legal Industry Lets Down Lawyers With Disabilities

    The dissolution of a five-year-old bar group marks the latest setback for disabled attorneys, who often find little support while navigating an inhospitable industry.

  • August 10, 2018

    Gaining Access: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Stories

    In a series of interviews, lawyers tell Law360 how even well-intentioned professors can create barriers, how inclusivity can help a firm’s litigation prowess, and how “inspirational” can be a dirty word.

  • August 10, 2018

    Arctic Cat Can't Get Presuit Damages In Jetski IP Row

    A Florida federal judge on Friday granted Sea-Doo maker Bombardier’s bid to limit the damages it owes ATV maker Arctic Cat for infringing its patented steering technology to the years after Arctic Cat filed suit, ruling that Arctic Cat failed to give notice of the infringement before that.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Flood Of MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered and denied a petition for an MDL proceeding to centralize flood insurance claims arising from recent hurricanes. The decision shows the careful line the panel must walk when considering petitions featuring cases with a variety of circumstances, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • How FCC Ruling Could Impact Viability Of TCPA Fax Cases

    Lewis Wiener

    In Scoma Chiropractic v. Dental Equities, a junk fax case brought against MasterCard International, a Florida federal court recently issued a stay pending a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission. The decision may have ripple effects in other pending Telephone Consumer Protection Act actions, say Lewis Wiener and Alexander Fuchs of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.