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  • December 8, 2017

    'Real Housewives' Star Hit With $30M Defamation Suit

    The former business partner of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga has filed a $30 million defamation suit against Gorga, the show's executive producer Andy Cohen and NBC Universal, claiming they falsely accused her in public of stealing merchandise from the boutique she co-owned with Gorga.

  • December 8, 2017

    Bock Hatch Must Return Docs It Was Given In Error, Court Told

    A chiropractic clinic urged a Florida federal judge Friday to force Bock Hatch Lewis & Oppenheim LLC to return unredacted mediation discussions inadvertently turned over as part of a malpractice suit.

  • December 8, 2017

    Fla. Justices Stay Case To Mull Judge's Facebook Friendship

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday paused lower court proceedings in a suit seeking to get a judge disqualified for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, indicating the court might take up the case.

  • December 8, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: LeBron James, Fla. Lots, Hubb NYC

    LeBron James has reportedly dropped $23 million on a second home in West Los Angeles, a pair of contiguous lots in Florida have reportedly sold for a combined nearly $30 million, and Hubb NYC is said to have picked up multiple retail condos in New York from a venture that includes private equity shop Carlyle Group for nearly $24 million.

  • December 7, 2017

    Eye Doc Blasts Feds' Loss Calculations Before Sentencing

    Counsel for a politically connected Florida ophthalmologist convicted of overbilling Medicare by $32 million urged a district court to toss the government's loss calculations Thursday as the sides made final arguments before sentencing, suggesting prosecutors have met the burden of proof for only $64,000 in false claims.

  • December 7, 2017

    11th Circ. Won't Give LabMD 2nd Bite At Tiversa Fraud Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a computer hacking and trespass suit that LabMD filed against Tiversa in Georgia federal court as part of the parties' wide-ranging dispute over the exposure of a LabMD patient data file, agreeing with a lower court that there was no evidence that a Pepper Hamilton LLP partner who represented Tiversa intentionally deceived the court.

  • December 7, 2017

    Air Force Contractor, Subcontractor Settle $9M Suit

    U.S. Air Force contractor Space Coast Launch Services LLC reached an undisclosed settlement in Florida federal court Thursday with space launch operations support subcontractor Yang Enterprises Inc. in the subcontractor's breach of contract suit accusing Space Coast of underpaying it $9 million, according to settlement conference minutes.

  • December 7, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Allegro, ShopOne

    WeWork is reportedly close to a deal to lease two floors in Chicago, Allegro Senior Living is said to have landed a $44.5 million loan for a senior living project in Florida, and ShopOne Centers REIT has reportedly picked up a New Jersey grocery-anchored shopping center for $26.5 million.

  • December 7, 2017

    Puma Exec's Brother Traded On Cancer Drug Info, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday filed a suit in Florida federal court accusing the brother of a Puma Biotechnology Inc. executive of reaping $107,000 in illegal profits through insider trading based on conversations between the two related to the development of a cancer drug.

  • December 7, 2017

    Philip Morris Wants Redo Over Atty's 'Predatory' Comparison

    Philip Morris USA Inc. asked the Eleventh Circuit Wednesday to order a new trial in an Engle progeny case that resulted in more than $20 million in damages, arguing that plaintiff’s counsel made improper closing arguments that compared the tobacco company to a “predatory stranger stalking children.”

  • December 7, 2017

    SEC Wants Bankrupt Woodbridge Sanctioned Over Emails

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission renewed its call for sanctions against real estate development and investment firm Woodbridge Group of Cos. LLC for failing to produce emails from two executives, arguing Thursday that recent declarations filed in the firm's bankruptcy tear apart the company's excuses for not producing the documents.

  • December 7, 2017

    Feds Say Ballplayer Smuggler Can't Walk Free During Appeal

    The federal government shot back Wednesday at a bid by a sports trainer to evade prison while he appeals his conviction over a scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S. illegally, telling a Florida federal judge it is unlikely the Eleventh Circuit will rule in his favor.

  • December 7, 2017

    Fed. Reform Means Scores Of Tax Decisions Await States

    A swift march toward tax reform by the U.S. Congress means state legislatures, which gavel in next month, will be faced with responding to a giant overhaul of the federal tax code.

  • December 6, 2017

    Miami Could Attract Hedge Funds If SALT Deductions Axed

    For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani’s greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he’s sensing an opportunity to finally overcome it.

  • December 6, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Must Turn Over 'Oral Downloads' To SEC

    A Florida federal magistrate judge found Tuesday that Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP waived work product protection when it gave “oral downloads” of material from its internal investigation of General Cable Corp. to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and now must disclose that material to two former GCC executives being sued by the regulator for accounting fraud.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bank Tells 11th Circ. Irrelevant Evidence Backed $3M Ruling

    One of Guatemala's largest banks urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a $3.3 million jury verdict a Miami-based corporate finance advisory firm won against it for reneging on contract fees, saying the trial court's judgment was based on irrelevant evidence it should have excluded.

  • December 6, 2017

    Animal Groups Ask 11th Circ. For Redo In Captive Orca Suit

    An Eleventh Circuit panel questioned animal rights groups at length Wednesday on what would be the fate of the Miami Seaquarium's captive orca, Lolita, if it grants their appeal for a new trial in their suit challenging her treatment and they were to prevail.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bankrupt Real Estate Firm Gets SEC Suit Halted

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday paused a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into real estate development and investment firm Woodbridge Group of Cos. LLC after the firm filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.