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  • September 5, 2018

    Lens Makers Fight Sanctions Over Defunct Facebook Page

    Johnson & Johnson and Alcon asked a Florida federal judge not to sanction them for allegedly hiding the existence of a Facebook group where they’d supposedly hashed out a price-fixing conspiracy with other companies, arguing the consumers in the multidistrict litigation couldn’t prove they’d hidden it on purpose.

  • September 5, 2018

    Del Monte Should Get Fees In Pineapple Award Row: Judge

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm should have to pay a Monaco-based Del Monte unit's attorneys' fees for mounting a baseless and inadequate challenge against a more than $29.3 million arbitration award issued to the food production and distribution company, a Florida magistrate judge concluded.

  • September 5, 2018

    Florida Powerhouse: Nelson Mullins Broad & Cassel

    The newly merged Nelson Mullins Broad & Cassel is on this year’s list of Law360's Florida Powerhouses for its work on high-profile matters throughout the state, such as a $4.2 billion capital improvement plan for Orlando’s airport and a slew of real estate deals, including $1 billion in affordable housing transactions.

  • September 5, 2018

    Receiver Gives Notice Of SEC Suit Against 1 Global Capital

    A court-appointed receiver on Wednesday gave a Missouri federal court notice of a previously sealed lawsuit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed in late August accusing Florida-based lender 1 Global Capital LLC and its former CEO of fraudulently raising more than $287 million — and misappropriating at least $35 million of that — from thousands of investors over the past four years.

  • September 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: ICBC, Fifteen Group, Florida Penthouse

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is reportedly leasing nearly 100,000 square feet in Manhattan from real estate investment trust SL Green, Fifteen Group Capital is said to have dropped $12 million on a Florida office property and a Florida penthouse has reportedly sold for $30.7 million.

  • September 4, 2018

    Ex-Tenet Execs Blast Delays In Maternity Kickback Case

    Two former executives at Tenet Healthcare Corp. and the former head of a prenatal clinic that served Hispanic immigrants have accused U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors of delaying a $400 million kickback case against them and urged an Atlanta federal judge to dismiss the charges.

  • September 4, 2018

    Apple Seeks To Duck Damages In Smartphone Chip Fight

    Apple Inc. has urged a Florida federal court to foist any damages in a smartphone patent suit onto Qualcomm Inc., saying patent holder ParkerVision Inc.'s infringement claims against both tech giants only apply to Qualcomm chips inside phones and that Apple merely buys the devices.

  • September 4, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TD Bank, Publix, Puma

    TD Bank reportedly loaned $18 million for a mixed-use project in Phoenix, Publix is said to have bought a former Safeway store in Florida for $11 million and sportswear retailer Puma is reportedly leasing nearly 29,000 square feet in Manhattan.

  • September 4, 2018

    Florida Powerhouse: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells' physical presence in Florida consists of just 38 lawyers in a single Miami location, but that team has generated big results in the past year, from helping Wells Fargo escape a city's Fair Housing Act lawsuit to extensive corporate, litigation and arbitration work for governments and private clients throughout Latin America.

  • September 4, 2018

    Sex Victims Must Prove Distress, Billionaire Says In Docs Row

    Billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein asked a Florida bankruptcy court Tuesday to depose three of his victims and compel their mental examinations in connection with a dispute over confidential documents that were allegedly retained by his counsel in violation of a court order.

  • September 4, 2018

    Fla. Atty In $20M Fraud Case Pleads Guilty To Bond-Jumping

    A former Florida attorney apprehended earlier this year after four years on the run in Mexico has pled guilty in Miami to jumping bond ahead of a scheduled trial on charges that he helped dupe more than 700 investors out of $20 million in an investment fraud scheme.

  • September 4, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Claim In Ex-Aaron's Worker FMLA Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday revived claims that retailer Aaron's Inc. retaliated against a former employee by cutting her hours after she took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act for a back injury, but upheld a lower court's decision saying it didn't fire her because of her disability.

  • September 4, 2018

    American Airlines Says Fliers Can't Win Travel Insurance Case

    American Airlines Inc. asked a Florida federal court on Friday to deny a customer's request for a partial win in a proposed class action over the airline's relationship with a third-party travel insurance agency, arguing that the motion "fails badly" and underscores that the customer can't prove the claims in his complaint.

  • September 4, 2018

    Jones Day Bankruptcy Pro Goes To Paul Hastings' NY Office

    Paul Hastings LLP has hired a cross-border bankruptcy specialist from Jones Day, part of the firm’s recent push to bulk up its finance and restructuring practices.

  • August 31, 2018

    Receiver Seeks OK Of Clawback Deals In Alleged $7.4M Fraud

    The court-appointed receiver for companies linked to a Chilean fugitive who U.S. securities regulators say bilked investors out of $7.4 million asked a Florida federal court on Friday to approve hundreds of thousands of dollars in clawback settlements she has reached with various parties.

  • August 31, 2018

    EA Donates $1M To Fla. Shooting Victims In Face Of Lawsuit

    Electronic Arts Inc. donated $1 million on Friday to a GoFundMe campaign it set up to benefit victims of the recent deadly shooting at a video game event in Jacksonville, Florida, just hours after the first lawsuit was filed in Florida state court in connection with the incident.

  • August 31, 2018

    College Board, ETS Face Class Action Over Reused SAT Test

    Educational Testing Service and The College Board have been hit with a putative class action in Florida federal court claiming they failed to provide a fair test-taking environment by reusing previously leaked questions on a recent college entrance test.

  • August 31, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Lynx, Westwood Financial

    Blackstone Group has reportedly loaned $125 million for a New York office building, Lynx Cos. is said to be seeking to buy or lease multiple properties from the City of South Miami and Westwood Financial has reportedly picked up a Chicago retail property for $12.25 million.

  • August 31, 2018

    Paul Weiss, Drinker Biddle Guide $307M Insurance Deal

    Bermuda-based reinsurance holdings company Maiden Holdings said Friday it is selling one of its subsidiaries to an Enstar Group unit to cut costs and improve efficiency in a $307 million cash and borrowings deal guided by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • August 31, 2018

    Florida Powerhouse: Holland & Knight

    Holland & Knight LLP is a heavyweight in the state’s legal market, regularly helping clients like Norwegian Cruise Line and the government of the Dominican Republic win defense verdicts saving them millions and others like the Miami Downtown Development Authority plan for future growth in the city’s urban core.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Dental Photos Case Shows Copyright Threshold Has Bite

    Matthew Nelles

    A Florida federal court's decision last month involving a dentist’s before-and-after patient photos enhances the body of law where courts have determined that an author’s work was not sufficiently creative to establish a valid copyright, says Matthew Nelles of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • The 1st Judicial Finding That Digital Tokens Are Securities

    Deborah Meshulam

    A Florida magistrate judge's finding last month that tokens issued and sold by technology startup Centra Tech are investment contracts could serve as a road map for the evaluation of token sales in other cases, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • New Bill Addresses Systemic Risk In Cannabis Banking

    Lance Boldrey

    The newly introduced STATES Act would alleviate most of the issues that financial institutions face in providing services to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys with Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Collective Action Defendants, Don't Count Out Early Opt-Ins

    Juan Enjamio

    Following the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Mickles v. Country Club Inc., defeating conditional certification will not result in automatic dismissal without prejudice of early opt-ins in collective action cases, say Juan Enjamio and Anna Lazarus of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Managing The Risks Of Emerging Construction Technologies

    Gary Brown

    As buildings incorporate increasingly advanced features, the risks associated with technology failures — and resulting defect claims against those involved in the buildings' design and construction — become greater. Owners and contractors presenting these technologies to end users should explore nontraditional approaches in contracts and insurance to better mitigate these risks, says Gary Brown of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Lax Regulations Make Scooters A Perfect Liability Storm

    Neama Rahmani

    Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.