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Florida

  • December 5, 2018

    Colombian Gets 15 Years For Role In Fatal Smuggling Scheme

    A Colombian man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Florida federal court for his role in purporting to smuggle three Cubans into the United States, leading to the rape and death of one of the individuals and the death of a second, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Fla. Court Sanctions Atty For 'Egregious' Attacks On Judges

    A Florida state appeals court sanctioned a foreclosure defense attorney Wednesday for filing briefs that digressed into an attack on the court's integrity, which they said violated not just Florida Bar rules but also “the most elementary norms of civility and professionalism.”

  • December 5, 2018

    Yacht Co. Blasts Comerica Sanctions Bid In $4.4B Suit

    An attorney and a Canadian yacht-building company accused by Comerica Bank of pursuing a "scurrilous" $4.4 billion racketeering lawsuit sought to sink the bank's sanctions bid in Florida federal court Tuesday, labeling it a "ludicrous submission" that plays with facts that pushed the company to seek bankruptcy protection.

  • December 5, 2018

    Airbnb Loses Round As Fla. Court Lifts Bar On Miami Ban

    A Florida state appeals court ruled Wednesday that the city of Miami could enforce its ban on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods and target residents renting rooms and homes through Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms, reversing an injunction blocking the ban as overly broad.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    States Launch First Coordinated HIPAA Suit Over Data Breach

    Attorneys general from Indiana, Florida, Arizona and several other states joined forces Tuesday to hit a medical software provider targeted in a 2015 hack, which exposed millions of patient records, with the first ever multistate data breach suit based on alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

  • December 4, 2018

    Progressive Settles $23M Bad Faith Case As Trial Nears

    Progressive and the family of a child hit by a policyholder's car announced a settlement Tuesday in Florida federal court in a case accusing the insurer of exposing the policyholder to a $22.7 million judgment by failing to coax him to complete critical paperwork.

  • December 4, 2018

    Scottie Pippen Claims Atty-Comedian Trashed Fla. Mansion

    NBA Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen hit a South Florida attorney-comedian and her husband with a lawsuit in state court Monday, accusing them of trashing his $10 million mansion, stealing cutlery and allowing their pets to urinate all over the property.

  • December 4, 2018

    Cellphone Users Get Cert. In Pizza Hut TCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge has certified a class of cellphone users who claim that Pizza Hut franchises breached the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting them unsolicited advertisements after their friends had passed on the users' numbers during a promotion.

  • December 4, 2018

    Fla. Broker To Serve 6½ Yrs For $16M Precious Metals Fraud

    Former Fort Lauderdale, Florida, broker Salvatore Colonna was sentenced to 6½ years in prison and ordered to pay $13.1 million in restitution for his role in a $16 million precious metals and securities fraud scheme, the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and the IRS announced Tuesday.

  • December 4, 2018

    Fla. Bar Escapes Traffic Ticket Startup's Antitrust Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday dismissed traffic ticket services startup TIKD's multimillion-dollar antitrust suit claiming the Florida Bar conspired with a law firm to try to put it out of business.

  • December 4, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Destroyed Storm Video, Audio: Passengers

    Passengers suing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in Florida federal court accused the cruise line on Monday of hiding or destroying video and audio recordings that would be valuable evidence in their proposed class action over injuries they allegedly suffered on a cruise that got caught in a hurricane-strength storm.

  • December 4, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Suit Over Protein Powder Labels

    Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. will get another shot at rival supplement maker HBS International Corp. over the allegedly misleading labeling on its HexaPro protein powder mix, after the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday reversed the dismissal of Hi-Tech's Lanham Act claims.

  • December 4, 2018

    Enviros Say Feds' Deepwater Horizon Review Delay Unlawful

    Three conservation groups suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service over a post-Deepwater Horizon disaster assessment of the effects of oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on endangered species asked a Florida federal court Monday to rule that the agencies’ eight-year delay violates federal law.

  • December 4, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: KLA Elementary, S3 Capital, Toys R Us

    KLA Elementary has reportedly landed an $18.72 million loan for a Miami school project, S3 Capital is said to have loaned $75 million for a Bronx multifamily project and a store in Florida formerly occupied by bankrupt retailer Toys R Us has reportedly sold for $6.5 million.

  • December 4, 2018

    Alleged HIPAA Lapses Spark $500K Deal With Fla. Doc Group

    A Florida physician contractor has agreed to settle possible Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations stemming from the disclosure of more than 9,000 patients' health information to a third-party company without making sure certain protections were in place, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

  • December 4, 2018

    Fla. Sheriff Detained US Citizen On ICE Request, Suit Says

    A U.S. citizen was mistaken for an unauthorized immigrant and held in jail by a Florida sheriff’s office past his release date for a probation violation to comply with an immigration detainer issued against him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Epstein Ducks Victim Testimony With Eve-Of-Trial Settlement

    Convicted billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday settled a dispute with the attorney who represented his teenage victims, avoiding a trial that was to have featured testimony from the women.

  • December 4, 2018

    Carlton Fields Picks Up K&L Gates Litigator In Miami

    Carlton Fields said Monday it has added a K&L Gates LLP trial lawyer as a shareholder in its business litigation and white collar crime practice groups in Miami.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Has The 11th Circ. Become Consumer-Friendly?

    Austin Whitten

    Based on the Eleventh Circuit's recent interpretation of Spokeo in Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier, Austin Whitten of Pittman Dutton & Hellums PC examines whether the venue may be the most favorable for plaintiffs with consumer protection claims where no “actual” damages are alleged.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Alternative Resolution Can Streamline Construction Disputes

    Stephanie Chaissan

    Alternative dispute resolution schemes, such as those set forth in Florida law, present an efficient resolution mechanism for construction conflicts. Furthermore, two recent cases in North Carolina and Maryland have reaffirmed courts' preferences for arbitration, says Stephanie Chaissan of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.