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  • June 14, 2018

    Trump Pick For Okla. Judgeship Advances Over Dems' Gripes

    A judge on the shortlist for future U.S. Supreme Court openings made progress Thursday toward an Oklahoma federal court post, despite complaints from Democrats about his previous attacks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and his lack of American Bar Association vetting.

  • June 14, 2018

    Skadden Reps Royal Caribbean In $1B Silversea Cruises Buy

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on Thursday said it will pay $1 billion to take a majority stake in privately held luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises Ltd., with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guiding the buyer.

  • June 13, 2018

    11th Circ. Again Won’t Toss Medicare Fraud Conviction

    The Eleventh Circuit for the second time refused to let the former owner of a Florida mental health hospital dodge her conviction in a Medicare fraud and kickback scheme, ruling that testimony by a patient recruiter in a related trial is not enough to undermine the verdict against her.

  • June 13, 2018

    Related Group Wants Ball Janik DQ'ed In Defect Litigation

    The Related Group told a Florida appeals court Wednesday that Ball Janik LLP should be disqualified from representing a Fort Myers condominium association in litigation over construction defects because the firm has represented both the association and subcontractors involved in the dispute.

  • June 13, 2018

    Fla. Jury Awards Deaf Costco Worker $775K In Disability Row

    A Florida federal jury has issued a $775,000 verdict against Costco for not providing adequate accommodations to a deaf employee, but found that the retailer didn’t discriminate or retaliate against the worker based on her disability when it fired her.

  • June 13, 2018

    Renter Slams 'Absurd' Dismissal Bid In Avis Insurance Row

    A consumer suing Avis Budget Car Rental LLC in a long-running class action over alleged insurance coverage fraud told a Florida federal court on Tuesday that the car rental company’s recent bid to toss the case relied on the “absurd” and contradictory position that she did not have standing to state a claim.

  • June 13, 2018

    Sens. Question If SEC Official Abused Role In Remarks To Citi

    Six Democratic senators have asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s inspector general to look into reports that outgoing Commissioner Michael Piwowar lit into Citigroup Inc. executives during a private meeting at the agency after the bank rolled out firearm sales restrictions for retail clients in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

  • June 13, 2018

    Photo Co. Fights to Keep Suit Over Melania Pics Alive

    A photo syndication company asserting copyright protections over racy pictures of first lady Melania Trump from her early modeling career urged a Florida federal court on Tuesday to keep the lawsuit alive, saying that it is the owner of the copyrighted works at issue.

  • June 12, 2018

    Miami Pop Artist Must Pay Rent While Fighting Lease

    A Florida judge on Sunday rejected Miami-based pop artist Romero Britto’s request to deposit rent for his Miami Beach art gallery into a court registry while he takes his landlord to court over crime and nuisance in the area that he says have driven away customers.

  • June 12, 2018

    Consumers Say Miami Airport 'Exit Fees' Suit Belongs In Fla.

    Consumers suing Venezuelan airline Avior Airlines CA over surprise “exit fees” they allegedly paid before boarding flights at Miami International Airport told a federal judge Monday that their case was properly filed in Florida and meets the Class Action Fairness Act’s jurisdictional requirements.

  • June 12, 2018

    Feds Seek Actions To Force Fla. Clinic To Pay Future Taxes

    The U.S. government contested a federal court's refusal to force an orthopedic clinic in Florida to comply with its future payroll tax obligations, telling the Eleventh Circuit on Monday that the decision was akin to granting the clinic an unlimited line of credit.

  • June 12, 2018

    ABA Revokes Accreditation From For-Profit Ariz. Law School

    In what the American Bar Association says may be the first time an operating law school’s accreditation approval has been involuntarily revoked, the organization announced last week that it is withdrawing its stamp of approval from for-profit Arizona Summit Law School and giving the school 10 days to appeal.

  • June 12, 2018

    CFTC Says Fla. Woman Stole $870K In Precious Metals Fraud

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a civil enforcement action in Florida federal court on Tuesday alleging that the sole officer of a Boca Raton-based company defrauded three customers out of $870,000 in illegal, off-exchange retail commodity transactions for precious metals that they never received.

  • June 12, 2018

    SEC Claims Fla. Couple Defrauded Investors In Shopping App

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a temporary restraining order and emergency asset freeze to stop an allegedly ongoing investment fraud scheme purportedly carried out by a South Florida couple who claimed to be developing an internet shopping application, the agency announced Monday.

  • June 12, 2018

    Fla. Judge Urges Takata MDL Attys To Pick Up The Pace

    A Florida federal judge urged attorneys on Tuesday in the multidistrict litigation over faulty Takata Corp. airbags to move the cases along, and said the suggested fall 2019 date for a trial on plaintiffs’ economic loss claims might not be soon enough.

  • June 12, 2018

    Locke Lord Adds FINRA Arbitrator, Greenberg Traurig Alum

    Locke Lord LLP has added a former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrator and mediator with nearly 30 years of securities industry experience as a partner in its West Palm Beach, Florida, office.

  • June 11, 2018

    US Extradites Ex-Panama Prez To Face Criminal Charges

    The U.S. shipped former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli home from Miami on Monday, almost exactly a year after the Central American nation requested his extradition to face charges that he conducted illegal surveillance and embezzled public money.

  • June 11, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Expropriation Suit Against Venezeula

    The Eleventh Circuit reversed the dismissal of a suit brought by a mother and son claiming Venezuela expropriated their petrochemical company in violation of international law, remanding the case to Florida federal district court in light of a recent high court decision.

  • June 11, 2018

    Fla. Judge Halts Nominations For Jacksonville Judge Seat

    A judge in Tallahassee, Florida, stopped interviews early Monday morning for judicial candidates for a position opening up on the bench in the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court that a local attorney says should be filled by an election, not a gubernatorial appointment.

  • June 11, 2018

    Drug Cos. Unleash Opioid MDL Counterattacks

    Drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies are launching counterattacks in multidistrict litigation over the devastating opioid crisis, according to newly filed documents that contain aggressive and wide-ranging assaults on bellwether suits in the historic MDL. Here, Law360 summarizes test cases filed by local governments and the drug companies’ attacks on them.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • FDA's Hand Can't Be Forced On 'Natural' Tobacco Labeling

    Robert Claiborne

    A federal court in Florida last month dismissed a case challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s allowance of the word “natural” in the product packaging and labeling of Natural American Spirit cigarettes. The plaintiff in this case was attempting to use the courts to force regulatory action against another party not before the court, say Robert Claiborne Jr. and Bryan Haynes of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol

    Brett Taylor

    Many health claims have been made for cannabidiol, a substance derived from the cannabis plant. But producers and retailers of cannabidiol should understand that, while it may be permitted under some state laws, it remains illegal under federal law. They must also avoid claims of benefits that are unsubstantiated, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Treatment Of International Income

    Jeffrey Friedman

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Its international tax provisions — including the transition tax, the foreign-source dividends received deduction, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and others — have far-reaching implications for state tax systems that broadly conform to the IRC, and present significant compliance burdens for taxpayers, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation: Part 11

    Alan Ellis

    In my interviews with judges for this series on sentencing, some of the more interesting insights have come from those who were formerly criminal defense lawyers, says attorney Alan Ellis.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Diabetic Care RX Case Is A Warning Sign For Private Equity

    Christopher Hewitt

    The United States government recently sent shock waves through the private equity industry by charging a PE firm for its portfolio company’s alleged health care fraud in U.S. v. Diabetic Care RX. Four measures can help private equity firms mitigate their risk so they avoid the same fate, say Christopher Hewitt and Jayne Juvan of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.