• December 1, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Ladder Capital, Knotel, Miami Site

    Ladder Capital has reportedly loaned $84 million for a Brooklyn hotel, Knotel is said to be leasing 25,000 square feet in Manhattan, and a 1.65-acre development site in Miami could fetch as much as $20 million in a sale.

  • December 1, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Merck, Mednax, Volkswagen

    Merck’s consumer health business could be valued at around €4 billion in a sale, multiple private equity suitors have interest in buying Florida-based medical services group Mednax, and Volkswagen is in talks to buy a stake in a Russian maker of light commercial vehicles.

  • December 1, 2017

    Fla. Doctor Settles Medicare Billing Fraud Case For $1.95M

    A Florida cardiologist has agreed to pay $1.95 million as part of a settlement with the federal government to resolve False Claims Act charges that accused him of seeking reimbursement from Medicare for medically unnecessary ultrasound tests, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    Lyft, Jobcase Told To Mediate Consumers' Spam-Text Claims

    A Florida federal judge on Friday ordered ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. and employment social network Jobcase to resolve in mediation a proposed class action over allegedly unsolicited spam texts, just three weeks after the suit was filed.

  • December 1, 2017

    Drug Co. Wants FOIA Answers From NIH Over Biotech Ties

    Orphan drug biotech company CTD Holdings Inc. on Thursday accused the National Institutes of Health in Florida federal court of not producing a single document to fill a year-old Freedom of Information Act request about ties the agency has with CTD’s competitor, Vtesse Inc.

  • December 1, 2017

    6th Circ. OKs Ky. Prosecution Of Fla. Pill Mill Workers

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld the conviction of three employees of a Florida pill mill, ruling that it was fair to charge the trio in Kentucky federal court because a large percentage of the clinic’s business was aimed at Kentucky customers who brought the pills back to the state.

  • December 1, 2017

    Bipartisan House Bill Would Kill CFPB Payday Lending Rule

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday began a process to potentially repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s restrictions on payday lenders, but unlike past efforts to eliminate Obama-era regulations, the payday lending legislation comes with bipartisan support.

  • December 1, 2017

    Senate GOP Reaches SALT, Pass-Through Tax Rate Deals

    The Senate’s $1.4 trillion tax cut bill appeared to be nearing final passage in the chamber Friday after agreements were reached to increase the tax benefit for pass-through businesses and permit a deduction for state and local property taxes.

  • November 30, 2017

    Cricket's Website Not Accessible To The Blind, ADA Suit Says

    AT&T subsidiary Cricket Wireless was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in Florida federal court on Wednesday for allegedly discriminating against the visually impaired by not maintaining a website that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

  • November 30, 2017

    Time-Share Exit Co., Counsel Dodge Resort's 'Shotgun' Suit

    A business that helps consumers leave time-share arrangements and its counsel ducked a resort company's claims against them when a Florida federal judge ruled Thursday that the complaint constituted a “shotgun" pleading and dismissed it.

  • November 30, 2017

    DOJ Wants 9/11 FBI Docs Kept Closed At 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday defended the FBI’s “extensive search” for documents related to potential Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks sought by a Florida news organization, urging the Eleventh Circuit not to revive the lawsuit and to upend a mandate requiring identification of agents and sources.

  • November 30, 2017

    Fla. Court Revives Hospitals' Medicaid Rate Challenges

    A Florida appellate court Thursday revived 67 health care institutions' petitions challenging drastic cuts the state's Agency for Health Care Administration made to 2016-17 reimbursement rates for outpatient Medicaid care, finding the agency incorrectly deemed the challenges premature and moot.

  • November 30, 2017

    NRA Pushes For Recusal Of Fla. Supreme Court Justice

    The National Rifle Association on Wednesday urged its members to request that Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente recuse herself from a case in which liberal advocacy groups are challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s authority to appoint the next three justices on the day he leaves office.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ex-Kona Grill Worker Refines Class Bid In OT Suit

    A former sous chef at a Kona Grill restaurant in Florida filed a second, narrower bid Wednesday to gain conditional class certification in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit claiming the Arizona-based chain “willfully misclassified” employees as overtime-exempt to avoid paying them fair wages.

  • November 30, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 10 Names For District Seats

    Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Wednesday sent the state's U.S. senators the names of 10 candidates — including seven state court judges and an acting U.S. attorney — for the five vacancies on the bench of the Southern District of Florida.

  • November 30, 2017

    Sunscreen Vending Machine Co.'s Patent Suit Tossed

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Sunscreen Mist Holdings LLC's suit accusing a rival of infringing its patent for an automatic sunscreen application vending machine and of falsely claiming it was the first of its kind, because it failed to serve the defendant in time.

  • November 30, 2017

    Clarion Sells 13 Marriott Hotels To Skyline For $135M

    Canadian investment firm Skyline Investments Inc. has purchased 13 Courtyard by Marriott hotels located in Florida, Illinois and seven other states from Clarion Partners LLC for $135 million, according to an announcement on Thursday from Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP and a prior announcement from Skyline.

  • November 29, 2017

    Fla. Appeals Court Backs Atty's Exit From Malpractice Suit

    A Florida appeals court affirmed Wednesday a summary judgment releasing an attorney from a legal malpractice suit, saying the lower court properly found that the lawyer had successfully tolled the statute of limitations on his former client's injury claims and should not face negligence allegations.

  • November 29, 2017

    Developer's $16.5M Award Reversed In Row With Fla. County

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $16.5 million award for the Richman Group of Florida Inc. against Pinellas County, ruling that the trial court wrongly concluded the county did not have a rational basis to deny Richman's proposed amendment to the county's land use plan that would have allowed the company to build a residential development.

  • November 29, 2017

    Excel Group Offloads 4 Fla. Hotels For $58.5M

    Private equity shop Excel Group said Tuesday it has sold a portfolio of four Florida hotels totaling 469 rooms to an unnamed buyer for $58.5 million in the firm’s second major transaction this year. Legal counsel Morris Manning & Martin LLP said it guided the sale, which was a joint venture between Excel and investment management company Westport Capital Partners LLC.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Sham Affidavits In Medical Product Liability: Part 2

    James Beck

    When a witness says one thing in a deposition, but later offers an affidavit directly contradicting the prior testimony, with no credible explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the affidavit should be disregarded. James Beck of Reed Smith LLP offers a survey of significant medical product liability cases in which both plaintiffs' experts and plaintiffs themselves have contradicted their own prior statements.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Do Defect Notice Letters Trigger The Duty To Defend?

    Elliotte Quinn

    Following recent oral arguments on a certified question from the Eleventh Circuit in Altman v. Crum, the Florida Supreme Court is set to decide when defense under commercial general liability insurance begins. The decision will be significant because of the state's outsize role in construction defect litigation, says Elliotte Quinn IV of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Hurricane Readiness And Response: The Hospitality Industry

    Karl Heisler

    There are lessons to be learned in how this year's hurricane readiness and response plans stood up to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Many in the hospitality industry are working to incorporate these lessons and revise their readiness plans before the next storm hits, says Karl Heisler of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Adapting To Equal Pay Laws In Flux

    Charles Thompson

    New legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women may undo business practices that, even if benevolently motivated, result in disparate pay. Despite this laudable objective, these laws create a litany of challenges for employers and may necessitate a wholesale revision of policies and practices related to employee compensation, says Charles Thompson of Polsinelli.