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  • December 6, 2018

    Greenberg Adds 2 Ex-Akerman Attys For Taxes, Benefits

    Two former Akerman LLP partners joined Greenberg Traurig LLP on Thursday, with one returning to the firm’s tax practice after more than 20 years away and the other moving to the firm’s employee benefits and compensation practice.

  • December 6, 2018

    Virginia AG Joins Colleagues In Group Fighting Robocalls

    Virginia's attorney general announced Thursday that he is joining a bipartisan group of 40 attorneys general tasked with reviewing the technology being used by telecommunications companies to combat the widespread practice of robocalling.

  • December 6, 2018

    Justices Unlikely To Curb Dual Prosecutions By States, Feds

    The U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready Thursday to reject a historic challenge to separate prosecutions by states and the federal government for the same offense, as both liberal and conservative justices expressed reservations about overturning “170 years” of precedent.

  • December 6, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Williams Partners Unit Can Quickly Take Land

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Williams Partners LP unit’s move to quickly access landowners’ property and build a pipeline, aligning itself with other circuits by agreeing that pipeline companies can be given immediate access to property after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission greenlights the project.

  • December 6, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lewis Brisbois, Hamleys, Mercantil Bank

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP is reportedly taking 24,000 additional square feet in downtown Los Angeles, British toy retailer Hamleys is said to be close to leasing roughly 30,000 square feet in New York from REIT SL Green and Mercantil Bank has reportedly loaned $10 million for a recent Florida industrial property purchase.

  • December 6, 2018

    RJR Smoker's Damages Award Can't Be Reduced, Court Says

    A Florida state appeals court found Wednesday that a trial court erred in reducing a longtime smoker's damages award against R.J. Reynolds by factoring in her own role in developing lung disease, concluding that the state Supreme Court has since determined that damages for intentional torts in such cases can't be reduced by comparative fault.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    Consumer Class Certified In Contact Lens Price-Fix Row

    A Florida federal judge has certified a class of consumers accusing contact lens makers of fixing prices, saying so many people share complaints against the manufacturers that a single case works far more efficiently than thousands of individual suits.

  • December 5, 2018

    St. Regis Response To Foul Odor Fails Smell Test, Owner Says

    Something other than the sea breeze is in the air in an oceanfront penthouse at the St. Regis Condominium and Hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida, and the response by Marriott and property owner Seldar Holding stinks, the unit's owner claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court in Miami.

  • December 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: E&A, Landmark, Branch Banking & Trust

    E&A Property Management has reportedly bought a Florida grocery store-anchored shopping center for $12.4 million, Landmark Cos. is said to have landed $71 million in financing for a California hotel, and Branch Banking & Trust has reportedly loaned $18.5 million for the recent purchase of a Florida retail center.

  • December 5, 2018

    Colombian Gets 15 Years For Role In Fatal Smuggling Scheme

    A Colombian man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Florida federal court for his role in purporting to smuggle three Cubans into the United States, leading to the rape and death of one of the individuals and the death of a second, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Fla. Court Sanctions Atty For 'Egregious' Attacks On Judges

    A Florida state appeals court sanctioned a foreclosure defense attorney Wednesday for filing briefs that digressed into an attack on the court's integrity, which they said violated not just Florida Bar rules but also “the most elementary norms of civility and professionalism.”

  • December 5, 2018

    Yacht Co. Blasts Comerica Sanctions Bid In $4.4B Suit

    An attorney and a Canadian yacht-building company accused by Comerica Bank of pursuing a "scurrilous" $4.4 billion racketeering lawsuit sought to sink the bank's sanctions bid in Florida federal court Tuesday, labeling it a "ludicrous submission" that plays with facts that pushed the company to seek bankruptcy protection.

  • December 5, 2018

    Airbnb Loses Round As Fla. Court Lifts Bar On Miami Ban

    A Florida state appeals court ruled Wednesday that the city of Miami could enforce its ban on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods and target residents renting rooms and homes through Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms, reversing an injunction blocking the ban as overly broad.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    States Launch First Coordinated HIPAA Suit Over Data Breach

    Attorneys general from Indiana, Florida, Arizona and several other states joined forces Tuesday to hit a medical software provider targeted in a 2015 hack, which exposed millions of patient records, with the first ever multistate data breach suit based on alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

  • December 4, 2018

    Progressive Settles $23M Bad Faith Case As Trial Nears

    Progressive and the family of a child hit by a policyholder's car announced a settlement Tuesday in Florida federal court in a case accusing the insurer of exposing the policyholder to a $22.7 million judgment by failing to coax him to complete critical paperwork.

  • December 4, 2018

    Scottie Pippen Claims Atty-Comedian Trashed Fla. Mansion

    NBA Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen hit a South Florida attorney-comedian and her husband with a lawsuit in state court Monday, accusing them of trashing his $10 million mansion, stealing cutlery and allowing their pets to urinate all over the property.

  • December 4, 2018

    Cellphone Users Get Cert. In Pizza Hut TCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge has certified a class of cellphone users who claim that Pizza Hut franchises breached the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting them unsolicited advertisements after their friends had passed on the users' numbers during a promotion.

  • December 4, 2018

    Fla. Broker To Serve 6½ Yrs For $16M Precious Metals Fraud

    Former Fort Lauderdale, Florida, broker Salvatore Colonna was sentenced to 6½ years in prison and ordered to pay $13.1 million in restitution for his role in a $16 million precious metals and securities fraud scheme, the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and the IRS announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Alternative Resolution Can Streamline Construction Disputes

    Stephanie Chaissan

    Alternative dispute resolution schemes, such as those set forth in Florida law, present an efficient resolution mechanism for construction conflicts. Furthermore, two recent cases in North Carolina and Maryland have reaffirmed courts' preferences for arbitration, says Stephanie Chaissan of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • 11th Circ. Reminds Employers Why Best Practices Matter

    Taylor White

    The Eleventh Circuit's revival of a hostile work environment claim in Smelter v. Southern Homecare Services demonstrates that employers may still face liability even if they have a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason to terminate an employee. However, proper training, investigations and documentation can help limit exposure, says Taylor White of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • State Anti-SLAPP In Federal Court: An Update From Texas

    April Farris

    Can litigants use the powerful Texas Citizens Participation Act in the Fifth Circuit? The upcoming decision in Klocke v. Watson is likely to resolve this question, but that answer could be short-lived if the U.S. Supreme Court resolves the circuit split over state anti-SLAPP applicability, say April Farris and Matthew Zorn of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • What FINRA Stats Tell Us About Elder Abuse Claims

    Joel Everest

    As baby boomers continue to age and the senior population grows in dramatic fashion, statistics from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority support the logical conclusion that an industry trend toward more FINRA arbitrations concerning senior investors is already underway, says Joel Everest of Bressler Amery & Ross PC.

  • Opinion

    Defendants Can't Be Held To Impossible Discovery Standards

    Michelle Hart Yeary

    In a classic case of overreaching, plaintiffs in the Abilify multidistrict litigation recently sought sanctions against the defendant for not preserving emails from more than a decade before the start of the legal action. But their "everything plus the kitchen sink" approach couldn’t mask the lack of merit in any of their arguments, says Michelle Hart Yeary of Dechert LLP.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.