• March 13, 2018

    GAO Says Bidder's Brevity Ended Its Air Force Protest

    An unsuccessful bidder on a U.S. Air Force support services contract effectively abandoned its protest by providing only a terse response to the service's in-depth explanation for its decision, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Tuesday.   

  • March 13, 2018

    Fla. City Settles Ex-Workers’ Age, Gender Bias Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a putative class suit alleging the city of Naples, Florida, used staff reductions to discriminate against female and older employees, after the parties said they had agreed to settle the dispute.

  • March 13, 2018

    Marketing Firm Found In Default In Fla. Timeshare Exit Suit

    A Florida federal court entered a default judgment Tuesday against a marketing firm named in a suit alleging it illegally interferes in Westgate Resorts Ltd.’s contracts with timeshare owners, handing down its order after Westgate said the marketing firm’s owner refused to defend himself in the action.

  • March 13, 2018

    Investors Sue Comerica In $1.2B Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme

    Two investors in the Woodbridge Ponzi scheme have hit Comerica Bank with a proposed class action in Florida federal court, saying the bank was either negligent or “knowingly provided substantial assistance” to the suspected $1.2 billion fraud that was run almost entirely from Comerica accounts.

  • March 13, 2018

    Sentences Trimmed For 2 Fla. Women In $74M Medicare Fraud

    A Florida federal judge has reduced the prison terms of two women involved in a $74 million home health care fraud scheme, approving a request from federal prosecutors who said they had provided “substantial assistance” since pleading guilty.

  • March 13, 2018

    Pensioner Fights Adventist Health's ERISA Suit Exit Bid

    An Adventist Health System pension participant on Monday pushed back at the faith-based hospital organization’s bid to exit her suit that claimed it underfunded employee retirement plans by millions, saying the organization breached its duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • March 12, 2018

    Oil Bribery Scheme Defendant's Server Must Stay In US

    A Florida federal judge on Friday blocked the shipment to Swiss authorities of a computer server belonging to one of the dozens of defendants named by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA in its suit alleging a long-running scheme by international oil companies to steal its information and bribe its employees.

  • March 12, 2018

    Rays' Suit Against Stadium Concessionaire Stays In Play

    A lawsuit by the Tampa Bay Rays against longtime concessionaire Centerplate is possibly “too detailed,” a Florida federal judge said Monday, but he found the pleadings sufficient and denied the company's motions to dismiss the breach of contract case and strike certain allegations.

  • March 12, 2018

    Pastor, Partner Must Pay $9M To Settle Fraud Allegations

    A Florida federal judge on Monday ordered a fund run entirely by a North Carolina man and a convicted pastor-turned-fraudster to pay $9 million to settle claims it duped Florida churchgoers and their associates out of $2 million.

  • March 12, 2018

    Developer, Neighbors Settle Fla. Condo Project Suit For $22M

    The developer of the luxurious Privé at Island Estates condo towers near Miami will accept $21.6 million from a neighboring homeowners association to avoid further litigation after he won a $26.7 million verdict for the HOA's breach of an agreement to not oppose the project, according to his attorney.

  • March 12, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Wharton, Jamestown, Elin Nordegren

    Wharton Properties is reportedly taking over REIT SL Green's $100 million investment in three New York office and retail properties, Jamestown is said to have paid $118.6 million for a Washington, D.C., apartment building and Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods' ex-wife, has reportedly listed her North Palm Beach, Florida, home for $49.5 million.

  • March 12, 2018

    Enviros Threaten To Sue EPA Over Sulfur Dioxide Pollution

    Three environmental groups threatened Monday to haul the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into court, accusing the agency of dragging its feet on state plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide pollution in Illinois, Florida and other locations.

  • March 12, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms Delta, AirTran Win In Bag-Fee MDL

    In a one-sentence order Friday, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a Georgia federal judge's summary judgment for Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. in passengers' long-running multidistrict litigation alleging the airlines colluded to institute a fee on first-checked bags.

  • March 12, 2018

    Pharmacist, Employee Get Prison For $30M Tricare Fraud

    A Florida federal judge on Friday sentenced a pharmacy owner and his “right-hand man” to 17 and 15 years, resepectively, in prison for bilking Tricare and a federal employee benefit scheme out of more than $30 million through a conspiracy to fill unnecessary prescriptions.

  • March 12, 2018

    DOJ Rebuts Fla. Bar's Bid To Escape TIKD's Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday weighed in on an $11.4 million antitrust suit filed by traffic ticket services startup TIKD, saying the Florida Bar can’t duck out of the suit by claiming it is an arm of the state that is exempt from Sherman Act claims.

  • March 12, 2018

    Fla. Gov. Appoints State Rep. To Judgeship

    Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Rep. Larry E. Metz, R-Yalaha, to a seat on the bench of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, the governor announced Sunday.

  • March 12, 2018

    Closed Qualcomm Office Creates Venue In IP Row, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge found on Thursday that Qualcomm’s shuttered office in Orlando, which closed “within weeks” of a smartphone patent suit being filed against it, was sufficient to establish venue for the San Diego-based company.

  • March 12, 2018

    Consumers Seek Cert. In Miami Airport 'Exit Fees' Suit

    Consumers suing Venezuelan airline Avior Airlines CA over surprise “exit fees” they allegedly had to pay before boarding flights at Miami International Airport asked a Florida federal judge to certify their proposed class action Friday, saying they have common-enough claims for breach-of-contract damages.

  • March 12, 2018

    Clorox Swallows Vitamin Maker In $700M Deal

    A Florida-based private equity-owned health and wellness company that makes and sells vitamins in stores and online has agreed to be purchased by the Clorox Co. for $700 million, the company said Monday.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • FERC Ruling Smooths Path For Municipal Electric Systems

    Harvey Reiter

    Communities dissatisfied with their local utilities sometimes explore formation of their own municipally run electric systems, but usually face fierce resistance from the utilities they would displace. Municipalization can be a long road, but a recent ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may make the process easier, says Harvey Reiter of Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Florida Waiver Ruling Reinforces Substance Over Form

    Tirzah Lollar

    A Florida federal court's recent ruling that Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP had waived work-product protection over witness interview notes compiled during an internal investigation of client General Cable Corp. eliminates — as other courts have — the distinction between providing an oral summary to the government and providing similar information in written form, say Tirzah Lollar and Kristen Eddy of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Lessons For Data Breach Lawyers From Product Liability

    Michael Ruttinger

    Lawyers in data breach litigation can learn from their contemporaries in more established fields such as product liability, where the law has developed well-established approaches to many of the same issues that will arise in the merits stage of data breach cases, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Appointment Of CFPB Director Causes Rift Among State AGs

    Stephen Piepgrass

    With challenges to the president’s pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the federal courts, opposing contingents of state attorneys general have weighed in with filings as amici curiae. The controversies have centered largely on whether the Consumer Financial Protection Act or the Federal Vacancies Reform Act controls the appointment, say Stephen Piepgrass and Robert Claiborne Jr. of Troutman Sanders LLP.