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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.