• March 15, 2018

    3 Fla. Home Health Co. Owners Charged With Medicare Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the arrests of three Miami-area owners of a now-defunct home health agency on charges of orchestrating a scheme that defrauded Medicare through their business.

  • March 15, 2018

    Zarco Einhorn DQ'd In Miami Restaurant Tipping Row

    Miami's River Yacht Club successfully disqualified Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito PA and two of its attorneys who are litigating a tip credit suit against the chic restaurant after arguing before a Florida federal court the law firm had previously represented the restaurant in a similar case.

  • March 15, 2018

    Court Says Condo Owner Doesn't Have To Arbitrate Claims

    A Florida appeals court ruled Thursday that a man feuding with his condominium association over a boat lift does not have to first go through arbitration before filing his suit because his claims are exempted from the state law requiring arbitration for disputes with condo associations.

  • March 15, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Christian Chinese Man's Asylum Bid

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday revived the asylum bid of a Chinese national, finding the U.S. government had not met its burden to prove that he could reasonably relocate within China to avoid further persecution because of his practice of Christianity.

  • March 15, 2018

    Reservations.com Wants Insurer To Cover Hidden Fees Fight

    Hotel booking site Reservations.com said that Scottsdale Indemnity Co. has a duty to defend it in a proposed class action accusing the company of hiding booking fees from customers, telling a Florida federal court Thursday that the insurer’s refusal to provide coverage is a breach of duty.

  • March 15, 2018

    FERC Reapproves Fla. Pipeline Amid Split Over GHG Review

    A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reauthorized the $3.5 billion Southeast Markets natural gas pipeline to Florida, with the agency's two Democratic commissioners saying FERC failed to adequately analyze the project's greenhouse gas emissions impacts as required by the D.C. Circuit when it nixed the agency's original approval.

  • March 15, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Senate Panel OKs 10th Circ., Fla., Del. Court Picks

    President Donald Trump’s picks for the Tenth Circuit and district court seats in Florida and Delaware moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, all with at least some bipartisan support.

  • March 14, 2018

    Venezuela's Oil Co. Can't Copy Bribery Defendants' Docs

    The Florida federal judge overseeing Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA’s suit over an alleged bribery scheme said Wednesday he would modify a temporary restraining order to prohibit all defendants from destroying any records related to business with it, but stopped short of granting the oil company’s request to immediately access defendants’ servers and documents.

  • March 14, 2018

    GM, Fiat, VW, Mercedes Hid Takata Airbag Defect, Suits Say

    General Motors LLC, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen Group of America and Mercedes-Benz USA LLC knowingly misrepresented that vehicles made with Takata airbags were safe even though the airbags posed an explosion risk, claim three proposed class actions filed Wednesday as part of multidistrict litigation in Florida federal court.

  • March 14, 2018

    New Partner Will Lead Holland & Knight Joint Venture Team

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Wednesday that it has added Steven D. Lear, a prominent attorney in corporate and real estate transactions, to its Miami office, from which he will lead the firm's National Joint Venture Practice Team.

  • March 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fla. Apartments, Kendall, Kinsale

    A Miami apartment building has reportedly traded hands for $14.6 million, Kendall College is said to be looking to sublease nearly 170,000 square feet in Chicago and Kinsale Partners has reportedly bought a Florida office building for $14.75 million.

  • March 14, 2018

    Fla. Judge Restores FWS Permit To Raze Miami Forest

    A Florida federal judge lifted a block Tuesday on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit issued to a Walmart-anchored residential and commercial project outside Miami, paving the way for bulldozers to cut down more than 80 acres of wildlife habitat.

  • March 14, 2018

    Jay Peak Receiver Seeks OK On $1.5M Deal With Contractor

    The court-appointed receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Tuesday to approve a $1.5 million settlement agreement with contractor PeakCM LLC, which represents a discount from the company's initial $2.75 million in claims.

  • March 14, 2018

    Insurer Loses 11th Circ. Fee Bid After Winning Coverage Row

    The Eleventh Circuit said Monday that Mid-Continent Casualty Co. cannot recoup legal fees in a construction-design policyholder’s coverage suit over underlying copyright litigation, because the types of claims in the suit made Mid-Continent ineligible for recovery regardless of a settlement offer the insurer had said earned it the fees.

  • March 14, 2018

    115 Face Felony Charges In $5M Fla. Food Stamp Investigation

    More than 100 individuals in the Jacksonville, Florida, area have been charged with felonies for their involvement in a $5 million food stamp trafficking scheme, state Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Blockchain Will Improve Int'l Dispute Resolution, Group Says

    A first-of-its-kind blockchain application being developed specifically for the international dispute resolution community, which is set to be unveiled Wednesday at a conference in Brazil, could help make international arbitration quicker and less expensive, according to the startup behind the project.

  • March 13, 2018

    Airline Says Consumers' Notice Broke Rules In 'Exit Fees' Suit

    Venezuela-based Avior Airlines CA said Tuesday that consumers suing over alleged surprise "exit fees" violated court rules when they filed a notice pertaining to the denial of a dismissal bid in a similar case, and have asked the Florida federal court to strike it.

  • March 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Extell, Crown, Oxford

    Extell Development has reportedly sold $107 million of preferred shares in its $4 billion Manhattan residential condo tower project, Crown Acquisitions is said to have purchased a Miami retail building for $25.65 million, and Oxford Properties Group is said to have landed a $180 million loan from Deutsche Bank for its recent New York mixed-use purchase.

  • March 13, 2018

    Amazon Settles With Job Applicants Over Background Checks

    Amazon.com job applicants told a Florida federal judge Tuesday that they had settled their claims against the e-commerce giant over consumer background checks they said were performed without following strict legal requirements.

  • March 13, 2018

    Judge Schedules First 3 Trials In Abilify MDL

    A Florida federal court settled upon a random order for the first three cases that will be tried in multidistrict litigation over side effects of the antipsychotic drug Abilify after consumers who brought the suits were unable to reach an agreement with the drugmakers Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Takeaways For Lenders From Recent TCPA Decision

    Eve Cann

    As Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases rarely result in favorable trial outcomes for creditors and loan servicers, there are several key practice points from a Florida federal court’s recent decision in Larry Harrington v. RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing, say Eve Cann and Keith Andress of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.

  • 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.