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  • June 11, 2018

    Agent Sues For Commission On Spurs Player's $94.3M Deal

    The agent who represented San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard as he transitioned to the NBA from college is suing his former agency for allegedly stiffing him on commissions he says he is owed as a result of negotiating various player and coaching contracts, including a 2015 contract that guaranteed the player $94.3 million, according to a complaint filed in Florida federal court on Monday.

  • June 11, 2018

    New Fla. Bar Prez Will Focus On Criminal Justice Reform

    Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Michelle Suskauer will officially take the reins of the Florida Bar on Friday for a one-year term in which the former public defender plans to focus on two initiatives that hit close to home for her: criminal justice reform, and helping lawyers in small practices be more productive and profitable.

  • June 11, 2018

    Ga., 10 Others Win Injunction Over Clean Water Act Rule

    Georgia and 10 other states won a preliminary injunction in Georgia federal court Friday barring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the highly contested Waters of the United States rule, which they allege is overly broad.

  • June 11, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: 601W, Rose Associates, FCP

    Developer 601W has reportedly scored another $48 million in financing for a Chicago tower, real estate firm Rose Associates is said to have reached a deal to sublease 24,650 square feet in New York and Federal Capital Partners has reportedly picked up an Orlando apartment complex for $23.6 million.

  • June 11, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Will Merge With Fla. Firm Broad And Cassel

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Florida-based Broad and Cassel LLP will combine at the beginning of August, the firms announced on Monday, creating a consolidated firm with more than 725 attorneys nationwide and a strong footprint in the southeastern U.S.

  • June 11, 2018

    Pa. Atty Again Loses Bid For Review Of Disbarment In Fla.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a rehearing for a disbarred Pennsylvania-based attorney who claimed the state of Florida was wrong to move forward with disbarment, even after learning that he hadn't received the notices of disciplinary proceedings against him.

  • June 11, 2018

    Sequor Law Picks Up 2 Bankruptcy Attys From GrayRobinson

    Sequor Law has added two former GrayRobinson PA shareholders, including one of the founding members of that firm’s Miami office, to its own Miami-based bankruptcy practice, the firm has announced.

  • June 11, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Rethink Delta, AirTran Bag-Fee Ruling

    The full Eleventh Circuit on Friday refused to revisit a recent decision rejecting class claims that Delta and AirTran Airways colluded to institute a first-checked baggage fee, allowing its original decision to stand.

  • June 8, 2018

    CBP Fabricated Docs To Deport Gay Asylum Seeker, Suit Says

    A gay Mexican man is seeking justice in Florida federal court for the purported harms caused by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s denial of his bid for asylum, claiming that the agency failed to give him a chance to present his fear-based claims and falsified paperwork for his deportation.

  • June 8, 2018

    Miami Judge’s Ethics Case Over Hotel Stays Will Be Revisited

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday rejected a recommendation of a public reprimand and fine for a Miami-Dade County judge who failed to disclose free hotel stays she enjoyed with her husband, who has been accused of taking bribes while directing Miami Beach's building department.

  • June 8, 2018

    Fla. Panel Rejects Class Bid In Red-Light Camera Case

    A Florida appeals court ruled Friday that a lower court properly found that the "voluntary payment defense" applies to a man's suit seeking refunds of fines paid under an invalid Orlando red-light camera ordinance and that the long-standing doctrine trips up his bid for class treatment.

  • June 8, 2018

    Miami-Dade Says Marlins Are 'Obfuscating' In $1.2B Sale Row

    Miami-Dade County urged a Florida federal court not to let the Miami Marlins clarify the country where a company within its new corporate family is based — a key component of the baseball team’s bid to send a $1.2 billion sale dispute to international arbitration — saying the Marlins are manipulating the truth.

  • June 8, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: NYC Holiday Inn, NES, Florida Power

    A Holiday Inn in Long Island City, Queens, could fetch as much as $40.8 million in a sale, NES Financial has reportedly bought a Miami warehouse for $5.25 million, and Florida Power & Light is said to have paid $19.3 million for 1,287 acres of land in Palm Beach County.

  • June 8, 2018

    Fla. High Court Rejects 30-Day Suspension For Racial Slurs

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday rejected a proposed 30-day suspension for Judge Stephen Millan and ordered a hearing to determine more appropriate sanctions for the judge’s use of racial slurs to describe black defendants and family members in his courtroom.

  • June 8, 2018

    Tennis Player Wants $10M Injury Suit Back In State Court

    Professional tennis player Madison Brengle asked a Florida federal court on Friday to remand to state court her claims that required anti-doping tests injured her serving arm and impacted her career, arguing that she has no arbitration clause with the International Tennis Federation and other defendants in the suit.

  • June 7, 2018

    Car Dealer Aims To Narrow Class In TCPA Suit Over Texts

    Used car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. has asked a Florida federal judge to clarify a recent ruling she made in a class action alleging it sent unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and pushed for a narrowing of the class.

  • June 7, 2018

    Pulse Shooting Survivors Sue Club Security, Orlando Police

    More than 35 survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre filed a suit in Florida federal court Thursday alleging a security officer left his post and kept a safe distance, and that arriving police also mishandled the mass shooting and hostage situation.

  • June 7, 2018

    Immigration Judges May Waive Inadmissibility, 11th Circ. Says

    An immigration judge has the authority to issue a waiver of inadmissibility if an individual is applying for a temporary nonimmigrant visa, the 11th Circuit held Thursday in the case of a Haitian with a criminal history who sought to apply for a U visa.

  • June 7, 2018

    Fla. Hotel Hit With Class Action Over Automatic Gratuities

    A consumer filed a putative class suit Thursday in Miami accusing the Mondrian South Beach Hotel of deceptively charging automatic gratuity fees at its restaurants, bars and food areas.

  • June 7, 2018

    FTC Facing Data Security Conundrum Post-LabMD

    The days of the Federal Trade Commission requiring companies to carry out holistic data security overhauls to resolve government probes over privacy lapses are numbered, attorneys said Thursday after the Eleventh Circuit tossed a cease-and-desist order against a defunct cancer-screening lab for being too vague.

Expert Analysis

  • Florida Taxpayer Advocate Office Gains New Independence

    Mark Holcomb

    Recent changes by the Florida Legislature provide an opportunity for the state's taxpayer rights advocate to become a voice for all taxpayers — not just those in dire straits — and spur meaningful reforms, says Mark Holcomb of Dean Mead & Dunbar.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Blue States' Deduction Strategies

    Gary Botwinick

    What do you do when it seems that Washington is out to get you? If you are a lawmaker or governor in New York, California, New Jersey or any of several other blue states that relies on significant income or property taxes to pay your state’s bills, you get creative, says Gary Botwinick of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • A Survey Of Fla. Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims Against Banks

    Andrew Steif

    Although Florida’s federal and state courts have long held that banks or financial institutions do not owe their customers a fiduciary duty, a large percentage of cases filed by customers contain causes of action for breach of fiduciary duty. Andrew Steif of Holland & Knight LLP reviews the general standard for such claims and surveys the cases decided under it.

  • Opinion

    State AGs Must Fill The CFPB Void, But That's Not Enough

    Karl Racine

    With Mick Mulvaney gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the burden of standing up to giant, deep-pocketed financial institutions falls more heavily on state attorneys general. But in the end, such efforts can’t replace the power the CFPB has to protect consumers across all states equally, says District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history, demonstrating that the idea has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.