Florida

  • 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.

  • December 5, 2017

    11th Circ. Won't Review 'Mutability' In Dreadlocks Bias Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday declined to reconsider as a full court a ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect wearing dreadlocks because they are not an “immutable” characteristic of blackness, despite a lengthy dissent arguing a panel misread the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Price Waterhouse decision.

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Dolphins Coach Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Paul Weiss Suit

    An attorney for former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner told an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday that attorney Ted Wells and his firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP distorted facts in an investigative report that blamed him for fostering a culture of bullying and taunting a player who ended up leaving the team.

  • December 5, 2017

    Lighthouse Counts As US Soil, Cuban Migrants Tell 11th Circ.

    An attorney for a group of Cubans refused asylum after landing at an abandoned Florida Keys lighthouse urged an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday to reverse that decision, arguing the district judge should not have deferred to the U.S. Coast Guard on whether the lighthouse was considered U.S. soil.

  • December 5, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: SL Green, Randy Rissman, Florida Power

    A venture that includes real estate investment trust SL Green has reportedly landed a $195 million loan for a New York retail property, Tiger Electronics founder Randy Rissman is said to be nearing a deal to buy a Chicago office property and Florida Power & Light Co. has reportedly bought more than 1,300 acres of land in northern Florida.

  • December 5, 2017

    Tax Preparers Sanctioned For Behavior, Mocking Discovery

    A Florida federal magistrate judge on Monday sanctioned two tax return preparers and their companies after the U.S. last month accused them of mocking the discovery process and signing documents with a curse word in the government’s case accusing them of filing false federal tax returns.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Bar Wants Ex-President Off $11.4M Antitrust Suit

    A former Florida Bar president should not continue representing a traffic ticket services startup suing the organization and a law firm for $11.4 million for allegedly undermining its business, the bar told a Florida federal court, arguing the use of confidential legal information he received in that role violates a fiduciary duty.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Compounding Pharmacy Can't Escape Tricare FCA Suit

    A Florida federal judge refused Monday to dismiss the federal government’s False Claims Act suit against a compounding pharmacy accused of overbilling Tricare for prescriptions, saying the government had sufficiently backed its allegations against both the company and its owner.

  • December 4, 2017

    UF Blocked Law Professor's Sabbatical Pay, Jury Told

    Counsel for a University of Florida law professor told a Florida jury during Monday opening statements that the school promised the professor a paid sabbatical to settle a discrimination lawsuit, but violated the deal by blocking Boston University from paying him $102,000 to teach during the sabbatical.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Norwegian Cruise CEO Wants $95M From Co., Successor

    A former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO asked jurors in Miami for $95 million in damages Monday against his former employer and another ex-CEO for allegedly killing his chances in the industry with defamatory statements and cutting him out of profit-sharing revenue.

  • December 4, 2017

    Feds Can't Skirt $33M Brain Damage Verdict, Family Says

    The parents of an infant who suffered irreversible brain damage during a botched delivery performed by a doctor at a federally funded health clinic told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that the government shouldn’t get back portions of a $33 million verdict if the boy dies earlier than expected.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Fla. Congresswoman Gets 5 Years For Charity, Tax Scam

    Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced Monday in Jacksonville, Florida, to five years in federal prison for diverting money raised for a sham education charity and filing false tax returns.

  • December 4, 2017

    TPG Sweetens Deal For Medical Device Co. Exactech To $737M

    Florida-based Exactech Inc. on Monday said that private equity giant TPG Capital raised its offer price for the orthopedic implant device maker in a deal now valued at $737 million, just weeks after the companies agreed to a tie-up valued at $625 million.

  • December 4, 2017

    Food Cos. Can't Flee Suit Claiming Squid Sold As Octopus

    A Miami-based food vendor and its supplier can't escape a proposed consumer class action accusing them of misrepresenting their squid as octopus in an effort to boost profits, a California federal court ruled Friday as the proposed class amended its initial complaint.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Justices Won't Weigh Loss Of $24B Win By Smoker's Wife

    The Florida Supreme Court declined Monday to take up the appeal of a smoker's widow who had her $23.6 billion win against R.J. Reynolds overturned in a lower appeals court, sending the parties back to the trial court for a new trial.

  • December 2, 2017

    Senate Passes $1.4 Trillion Tax Cut Legislation

    The U.S. Senate passed an expansive tax cut bill early Saturday that is projected to add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, after garnering enough support from faltering and fiscally conservative Republicans.

  • December 1, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Conviction For Fla. Mortgage Fraudster

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday affirmed the conviction and nearly 22-year sentence of a Florida man found guilty of duping the government out of $25 million through a mortgage fraud scheme, finding the evidence was sufficient and backing the trial court's actions during and after his trial.

  • December 1, 2017

    Fla. ‘Spongebuddy’ Co. Part Of Penny Stock Scam, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday hit the operators of a Florida entertainment business with a suit in Florida federal court alleging they used a penny stock scheme to scam mostly elderly investors out of at least $5.4 million to raise money for a product called the Spongebuddy, a sponge-like glove they planned to market.

  • December 1, 2017

    NY Atty Gets 3 Years For Role In Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has sentenced a New York attorney to three years in prison for his role in a pump-and-dump scheme in which co-conspirators issued shares in fraudulent shell companies and sold them to investors at a profit, according to court records released Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    Fla. Judge Accused Of Steering Mediation Work To Adviser

    Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission charged a Broward County judge late Thursday with improperly steering lucrative mediations to an attorney who volunteered as her campaign manager and recommended she be suspended without pay for 30 days.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Tension Between Legal Marijuana Use And Employer Rights

    Jonathan Crotty

    Earlier this year Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that provides certain patients the right to use marijuana for medical purposes. However, the law specifically states that employers are not required to accommodate medical marijuana use in any respect, which is a conflict that causes confusion and consternation for legal marijuana users and their employers, say Jonathan Crotty and Sarah Douglas of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • 11th Circ. Just Got More Attractive For Business Bankruptcy

    Paul Steven Singerman

    The initial hurdle in every case involving bar order litigation is whether the bankruptcy court has jurisdiction to enter the proposed bar order. The Eleventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Fundamental Long Term Care offers the clearest statement to date of the law upholding the power of bankruptcy courts to issue bar orders, say attorneys with Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Testing Judicial Control Over Attorney Conduct At Depositions

    Mark Shifton

    While few depositions feature such entertaining colloquies by counsel as are found in Corsini v. U-Haul, obstructive conduct at depositions continues to run rampant in many circles. And courts are increasingly open to taking a greater role in policing improper conduct, say Mark Shifton and Mila Shtelmakher of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.