A Florida federal judge gave a company that owns oxygen generator patents a lesson in how to use YouTube when ruling that a video uploaded to the site was accessible enough to count as prior art in a patent dispute, and in turn took the chance to inform the masses just how easy it is to find skateboarding cats on the internet.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday approved the construction of an offshoot of the $3.5 billion Southeast Market gas pipelines project that's intended to serve a new Florida power plant, but FERC commissioners were once again divided over what constitutes a proper climate change analysis of a project.
The Federal Trade Commission has reached two multimillion-dollar settlements with a student debt relief company and a law firm it says separately scammed consumers out of millions of dollars by promising to reduce or eliminate their loan debt, the FTC announced Thursday.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday overturned a $10 million jury verdict against a former Bolivian president and a government minister over civilian deaths during protests in 2003, ruling that the victims’ families had failed to show evidence supporting their claim that the killings were part of a plan implemented by the officials.
A Tampa foreclosure defense attorney who ignored court orders and failed to tell clients about settlement offers “clearly has an emotional problem,” according to a report made available Wednesday by a referee who recommended a one-year suspension and counseling.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges Wednesday against two Florida businessmen who allegedly used companies they owned in Florida and Costa Rica to run a $25 million tech support scam that victimized more than 40,000 people in several countries.
A dispute over tip calculations for servers at a Walt Disney World restaurant landed in federal court as the entertainment giant removed a union's complaint seeking to vacate an arbitration award from Florida state court, according to a filing entered Wednesday.
An entertainment website that allegedly used without permission risqué photos of Melania Trump from her early career as a model said Tuesday that the photo syndication company suing for copyright violations has no standing because it does not own the copyrights to the photos.
A years-long coverage spat between American International Group Inc. and an excess insurer over multimillion-dollar payouts tied to the 2008 Imperial Sugar Co. explosion is back to square one, after the Eleventh Circuit found that a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit in the first place.
The Boca Raton, Florida-based real estate arm of private equity firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP revealed on Wednesday that it has clinched its largest ever investment fund after raising $1.8 billion, with plans to invest in opportunities related to senior housing, medical offices and student housing.
John Morgan, the personal injury lawyer who backed Florida's 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, invoked Gov. Rick Scott's U.S. Senate hopes as he urged him to drop the state's appeal of a court decision late Friday that overturned a ban on smoking the drug.
Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.
U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.
Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.
Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.
A group representing public environmental workers asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday to enforce wastewater discharge permit limits for the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, saying the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s “chronic non-enforcement” has left the river struggling with excessive pollution.
An attorney representing Colombian nationals in multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded Colombian paramilitaries urged a Florida federal court on Saturday to bar Conrad & Scherer LLP from representing some of the individuals, arguing the firm does not have the power to represent them.
A Florida patent owner has alleged that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board flouted its own rules by agreeing to review the validity of every claim being challenged within its patent — as the U.S. Supreme Court now requires — despite having evaluated just a single one of the patent’s claims.
Courts should consider what counts as proper service to imprisoned taxpayers, the Eleventh Circuit indicated in an opinion, dismissing a case on technical grounds instead of its merits.
Lloyd's of London won't get another shot at preventing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. from collecting on a $10 million directors and officers policy issued to a failed bank, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up the case.
How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.
Resolution of the standing issues raised in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA may have implications not just for this case, but for whether PDVSA may be bound by the Venezuelan government to any future debt restructuring, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
The documents filed thus far in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA make clear that the standing issues in this case are complicated. The case also presents questions as to whether it will have implications for financial creditors of PDVSA and the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Preemption must be kept in mind as one approaches any medical device litigation; however, it need not be feared. Despite what some observers may say, the preemption shield is not as large as it might seem, and plaintiffs attorneys can still preempt the preemption defense with careful planning, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.
Device companies defend their products by pointing to surgeons’ off-label uses, as if that shields companies from product liability. But courts are increasingly looking carefully at the facts surrounding allegations of noncompliance with the conditions companies agreed to when obtaining premarket approval, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.
The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.
The top securities regulator in Massachusetts recently issued consent orders halting five initial coin offerings, reminding virtual currency market participants that they must be mindful of state regulators as well. This “sweep” is likely only the tip of the iceberg for ICOs in Massachusetts and in other states, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Essex Ins. Co. v. Barrett Moving & Storage addressed the question of how to distinguish brokers from carriers under the Carmack Amendment. The opinion offers guidance for transportation and logistics companies on when the amendment applies to a particular shipment, says Al Teel of Burr & Forman LLP.