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  • June 15, 2018

    Hi-Tech Deserves $40M Sanctions, FTC Tells 11th Circ.

    The Federal Trade Commission asked the Eleventh Circuit to uphold $40 million in sanctions against Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. and two executives for allegedly violating an injunction barring them from making unsubstantiated weight-loss claims, saying they knew they were flouting the order.

  • June 15, 2018

    Letter For Defendant Spells Trouble For Miami-Dade Judge

    A public reprimand has been recommended for a Florida state judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme, according to a formal complaint Friday by the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission.

  • June 15, 2018

    EPA Promises To Ensure Lead Paint Inspectors Are Trained

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promised to ensure workers checking for lead paint at renovation projects are properly trained and credentialed after a whistleblower-prompted investigation found the agency used unqualified inspectors in the Southeast during the Obama administration, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Conrad & Scherer Owe Ex-Client $20M, Fla. Judge Says

    Private equity investor and former Conrad & Scherer LLP client Douglas Von Allmen won a judgment against his former attorneys on Thursday when a Florida judge ruled that the firm still owes him the $20 million he loaned them.

  • June 15, 2018

    Consumers Rip Car Dealer's Late Bid To Trim TCPA Class

    A class of consumers suing used car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. for allegedly sending unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, urged a Florida federal court Thursday to deny the dealer's requests for clarification of a recent ruling and for redefinition of the class.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Wins Fight With League Over Disability Benefits

    A Florida federal judge on Friday gave a former National Football League player a win in his suit against the league’s benefits program, ruling the decision to deny him disability benefits for failing to show up to medical examinations was unreasonable.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, KKR bought Envision Healthcare for $9.9 billion, Gebr. Knauf KG bought rival USG Corp. for $7 billion, Blackstone bought Investa Office Fund for $2.3 billion and Royal Caribbean Cruises scooped up Silversea Cruises for $1 billion.

  • June 15, 2018

    Quicken Slams 'Repeat' TCPA Plaintiff's Suit In Dismissal Bid

    Quicken Loans Inc. on Thursday urged a Florida federal judge to toss a putative class action claiming the mortgage lending company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited telemarketing calls, arguing that the consumer failed to adequately plead his claims.

  • June 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Walgreens, KKR, Trammell Crow

    Walgreens Boots Alliance is reportedly close to taking more than 200,000 square feet of Chicago office space, a KKR joint venture is said to have dropped $250 million on a Miami office tower and developer Trammell Crow has reportedly picked up a Florida retail center for $30.1 million.

  • June 15, 2018

    Miami Beach Hotel Accused Of Seizing Control Of Operations

    A hotel management company contends that a Miami Beach boutique hotel has illegally seized control of operations and has refused to pay its fees on a five-year management agreement, according to a suit lodged in Florida federal court.

  • June 15, 2018

    Aetna Hit With Class Suit Over Wilderness Therapy Coverage

    Aetna Life Insurance Co. has flouted the terms of two of its health plans by denying coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment at wilderness programs and residential treatment centers, according to a proposed class action filed in Florida federal court Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ticket-Fighting App Tells Fla. Justices It's Not Practicing Law

    TIKD Services LLC blasted the Florida Bar's latest arguments in its case against the traffic ticket defense startup for the unlicensed practice of law, telling Florida's highest court in a filing posted Friday that the arguments are hollow and protectionist.

  • June 15, 2018

    Health Hires: Honigman, Arnold & Porter, GrayRobinson

    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has named a health care fraud pro to co-chair its white collar practice, Arnold & Porter has scored an attorney fresh out of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and another health expert has joined GrayRobinson PA.

  • June 15, 2018

    Seminoles Seek Quick Win Against IHS Over Health Funding

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked a D.C. federal court for a win in its suit alleging the Indian Health Service won't pay about $160,000 in overhead and administrative costs to fund the tribe's medical services as required.

  • June 15, 2018

    Citi To Pay States $100M For Libor Rigging

    A Citigroup Inc. unit has agreed to pay $100 million to 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia for manipulating its U.S. Dollar London Interbank Offered Rate submissions in order to dodge bad publicity, prosecutors said Friday.

  • June 14, 2018

    GEICO Customers Get Quick Win In Car Tax Payment Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday granted a quick win to a class of GEICO customers alleging the insurance company failed to pay for sales tax and transfer fees on leased vehicles when they were totaled, saying contracts did not make a distinction between owned or leased vehicles.

  • June 14, 2018

    Ex-NFLers' Tax Credit Scheme Suit Against Chuhak Trimmed

    Scandal-plagued Chuhak & Tecson PC may be off the hook in one proposed class action by a group of former NFL players and others over a tax credit scheme that sent a partner to prison, after a Florida federal court tossed some claims because they conflicted with a federal statute and said it may dismiss the rest as unripe.

  • June 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Google, Robbins Property

    WeWork is reportedly leasing 60,000 square feet in New York, Google and Trammell Crow are said to have picked up three California parcels for $9.5 million, and Robbins Property has reportedly dropped $43 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • June 14, 2018

    Shareholder Suit Against Rayon Co. Moved From Tenn. To Fla.

    A Tennessee federal judge on Thursday agreed to transfer a shareholder suit against rayon producer Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. to the Middle District of Florida, ruling that the shareholder dispute over the Jacksonville, Florida-based company’s alleged failure to respond to market changes in pricing belongs in the Sunshine State.

  • June 14, 2018

    Fla. Justices Urged To Stay Out Of Public Records Dispute

    Florida urged the state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday not to take up an appeal by two law firms that say an appellate court erred in upholding a public records exemption protecting certain personal information held by the state’s financial services agency for participants in two real estate insurance programs.

Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

    Alan Guy

    As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • Lack Of Sameness Doomed INRatio Class Certification

    Michelle Hart Yeary

    Last month a federal court in California declined a second attempt to certify a class action against the makers of handheld devices used to monitor blood clotting. The case demonstrates that when key questions of law or fact affect only some members of the putative class, but not all, class certification is not sustainable, says Michelle Yeary of Dechert LLP.