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Florida

  • September 7, 2018

    Fla. Justices Approve Greyhound Racing Ban Ballot Language

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday approved the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in the state that will go to voters in November.

  • September 7, 2018

    Williams Parker Picks Up Dunlap & Moran Real Estate Pro

    Former Dunlap & Moran PA partner Thomas B. Luzier has joined the real estate group at Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, Florida, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Fla. Tech Startup Says Dutch Co. Misappropriated Property

    A Miami technology startup has accused a Dutch company started by one of its founders of misappropriating confidential information and other property used in its business, according to a lawsuit filed in Florida state court.

  • September 7, 2018

    NFL Sued For Using Athletes' Images In Pro Bowl Promos

    A sports marketing firm has told a Florida federal court that the NFL and a chapter of the National Football League Alumni Association used the names and pictures of ex-NFL and NBA players and a former boxing champion to promote Pro Bowl events without permission.

  • September 7, 2018

    Sidley Austin Atty Must Answer Questions In Investor Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday ordered a Sidley Austin LLP partner to respond to questions he’d previously declined to answer during a deposition in a putative class action brought by a Linkwell Corp. investor claiming that two mergers allowed former executives to walk away with Linkwell’s main revenue generator while freezing out shareholders.

  • September 7, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Deutsche Bank, Citi, Allergan

    A Deutsche Bank affiliate has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $71.3 million, Citi is said to have loaned $480 million for a Brooklyn office complex and Allergan USA has reportedly leased 17,296 square feet in Manhattan.

  • September 7, 2018

    Saul Ewing Atty Creates New Zoning For Largest US Mall

    Mall of America owner Triple Five Group recently cleared a major hurdle in the approval process for its planned mega-mall in Miami — which is slated to be the nation's largest — after Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP helped the developer create a new retail-entertainment zoning category the project plans to use.

  • September 6, 2018

    Fla. High Court Addresses Med Mal Presuit Challenges

    In a closely watched case, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday revived a medical malpractice suit over a young woman's death, addressing several questions about how courts should handle challenges to presuit medical expert opinions required under state law.

  • September 6, 2018

    11th Circ. Preserves Building Co.'s Fraud Win Over Ex-Exec

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed a win for Firestone Building Products Co. LLC in its suit against a former employee who allegedly orchestrated a scheme to submit false invoices for sales in Brazil that never happened in an attempt to boost his bonus compensation.

  • September 6, 2018

    11th Circ. OKs Tobacco Loss On Engle Concealment Claims

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the due process rights of tobacco companies are not violated when juries in smokers’ trials rely on the original Engle jury’s determinations to find for individual plaintiffs on their claims that the companies concealed the health risks of smoking to the public.

  • September 6, 2018

    Hospitality Co. Hit With Class Action Over Data Breach

    Aimbridge Hospitality LLC has removed to Florida federal court a proposed class action brought in state court by a former laundry attendant who claims her personal information was leaked in a data breach, with the hotel operator arguing that damages could total more than $5 million.

  • September 6, 2018

    SEC Charges Ex-Raymond James Manager Over EB-5 Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged a former Raymond James & Associates branch manager in Florida federal court with helping the onetime owner of Vermont ski resort Jay Peak bilk EB-5 immigrant investors out of $21 million and then trying to hide their tracks.

  • September 6, 2018

    2nd Brit Held Over Alleged $17M Bar Works Ponzi Scheme

    A businessman already heading to prison for a massive Florida condominium fraud has become the second British national accused in the $17 million alleged Bar Works Ponzi scheme, according to charges unsealed in Manhattan on Thursday.

  • September 6, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Alabama Nursing Home Workers' FLSA Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday revived 44 Alabama nursing home staffers’ claims they were forced to work through unpaid lunch breaks in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 6, 2018

    Senate Confirms 8 Trump District Court Nominees

    The Senate voted to confirm eight nominees to federal district courts Thursday afternoon, pushing the number of district judges confirmed under President Donald Trump to 41.

  • September 6, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Ronn Torossian, Bridge, Berkowitz

    5WPR founder Ronn Torossian has reportedly paid $16.9 million for a condo in Manhattan, a Bridge Investment Group venture is said to be close to a deal to pay roughly $113 million for a Chicago office tower and Berkowitz Development Group has reportedly landed $12 million in financing for a Florida retail project.

  • September 5, 2018

    Fla. Ruling Could 'Nix' Homeowner Assignments Of Benefits

    In a decision that lawyers say could have a significant impact on long-standing insurance practices in Florida, a state appeals court Wednesday ruled that homeowners' insurance policies may require signatures of all insureds and mortgagees to validate an assignment of claim benefits to a third party.

  • September 5, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Affirms DQ Of Ferraro Firm In Engle Case

    A Florida appeals court weighed in Wednesday on the ongoing fight to disqualify a law firm battling Philip Morris in dozens of smokers’ lawsuits, ruling that the trial court did not err when it disqualified the firm because it had hired a lawyer who had done work for the cigarette company.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ford Gets Initial OK On $300M Deal To Exit Takata MDL

    A Florida federal judge granted preliminary approval on Wednesday to a $299.1 million deal for Ford Motor Co. to exit multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags and hasten the removal of dangerous air bag inflators from 6 million affected vehicles.

  • September 5, 2018

    South Florida Fair Has Immunity Against Man's Injury Suit

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that South Florida Fair and Palm Beach Expositions Inc. is entitled to limited sovereign immunity, which shields it from tort claims stemming from a man who was attacked by teenagers at the fair.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Flood Of MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered and denied a petition for an MDL proceeding to centralize flood insurance claims arising from recent hurricanes. The decision shows the careful line the panel must walk when considering petitions featuring cases with a variety of circumstances, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • How FCC Ruling Could Impact Viability Of TCPA Fax Cases

    Lewis Wiener

    In Scoma Chiropractic v. Dental Equities, a junk fax case brought against MasterCard International, a Florida federal court recently issued a stay pending a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission. The decision may have ripple effects in other pending Telephone Consumer Protection Act actions, say Lewis Wiener and Alexander Fuchs of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.