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Florida

  • November 28, 2018

    Investcorp Drops $311M On 6 Properties In Fla., Texas, Utah

    Investment adviser Investcorp on Wednesday said it has bought six multifamily properties boasting a combined 2,876 units in Florida, Texas and Utah for $311 million.

  • November 27, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Escapes Travel Insurance Class Action

    Royal Caribbean sailed away Tuesday from a Florida couple's proposed class action claiming the cruise line deceives passengers by not disclosing commissions it receives on travel insurance it offers, as a federal court found the suit is barred by provisions in its ticket contracts.

  • November 27, 2018

    House Lawmakers Propose Bipartisan Carbon Tax Bill

    House lawmakers from both parties announced legislation Tuesday evening that would impose a tax of $15 per metric ton on carbon emissions starting in 2019 that would increase by $10 each following year.

  • November 27, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Sheds Breach Claim On Second Try

    A Florida federal court has agreed to dismiss some allegations against Greenberg Traurig LLP in a suit alleging the law firm helped shareholders divert profits from a company with disabled-veteran ownership, despite having previously said the claim could stand.

  • November 27, 2018

    11 Names Sent To Fla. Gov.-Elect For 3 High Court Seats

    The judicial nominating commission tasked with screening candidates for the three soon-to-open seats on the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday released a list of 11 names — including seven appellate judges and the current general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education — from which incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis will choose new justices.

  • November 27, 2018

    Sen. Dems Grill FTC On Fraud Case Subpoena Of Acting AG

    Democrats on a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday pressed all five of the newly minted Federal Trade Commission heads for details on an agency subpoena the acting attorney general allegedly ducked last year in connection to a fraud investigation, but the commissioners said they weren’t familiar enough with the case to answer.

  • November 27, 2018

    Progressive Moves Toward Trial Over Driver's $23M Judgment

    Progressive American Insurance Co. must face the prospect of trial over claims it exposed a policyholder to a $22.6 million judgment by failing to coax him to complete paperwork he opposed for moral reasons, a Florida federal judge has ruled.

  • November 27, 2018

    Ex-Venezuelan Treasurer Gets 10 Years For $1B In Bribes

    Former Venezuelan national treasurer Alejandro Andrade Cedeño was sentenced Tuesday in Florida federal court to 10 years in prison for accepting $1 billion in bribes from a Venezuelan billionaire television mogul and laundering the money through South Florida real estate.

  • November 27, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: DivcoWest, Itau BBA, Harold Van Arnem

    DivcoWest is reportedly buying a Los Angeles-area office complex for roughly $236 million, Itau BBA International is said to have loaned $200 million for a Miami condo project and developer Harold Van Arnem is the latest bidder for a Miami project.

  • November 27, 2018

    Fla. Court Revives Ex-FAMU Coaches' Contract Dispute

    A Florida appeals court on Tuesday revived a suit by former Florida A&M University coaches who claimed the school breached their contracts by terminating them before their four-year terms were up.

  • November 27, 2018

    Whirlpool Can't Dock Debtor Profit Share Plan: 11th Circ.

    Whirlpool Corp. can't collect a judgment from a freight fee auditor by docking its owner's profit sharing plan because there aren't enough facts to show the owner's account was used to shield the auditor's money, the Eleventh Circuit held Monday.

  • November 27, 2018

    Fla. Airport Can't Collect Damages For Shoddy Construction

    A Florida appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a determination that a Clay County airport cannot recover damages to repair an airplane hangar and taxiways that deteriorated after a contractor allegedly failed to supervise construction work because they are consequential damages that are excluded by the parties’ contract.

  • November 27, 2018

    Financial Adviser Gets Over 2 Years For Hiding Oil Bribes

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a U.S.-based financial adviser to 27 months in prison for helping launder more than $1 million as part of a bribery scheme that allegedly helped a contractor gain $27.8 million in business from Ecuador's state-owned oil company.

  • November 26, 2018

    Fla. High Court Hands Gov. Win Over Judicial Appointments

    The Florida Supreme Court handed Gov. Rick Scott a victory Monday as it changed its mind and said it should not have heard a Jacksonville attorney’s suit seeking to prevent trial judges from manipulating their retirement dates to set up gubernatorial appointments of their successors instead of having elections.

  • November 26, 2018

    Gov't Wants New Bribery Evidence In Health Care Fraud Case

    Prosecutors in a $1 billion health care fraud case against a Miami businessman are asking a Florida federal judge to allow them to claim that, after failing to bribe his son's way onto the University of Pennsylvania basketball team, he tried to buy him a crew team spot.

  • November 26, 2018

    Tech Support Cos. Can't Get 'Drastic' Sanctions Against Fla.

    A Florida federal judge on Monday largely denied a “drastic” bid for sanctions against the state requested by tech support companies battling a joint state and federal suit accusing them of duping customers, but gave the companies a second chance to depose a Florida assistant attorney general who the judge said had improperly evaded questions.

  • November 26, 2018

    Fla. County Drops Fight Against $1.15B Rail Project

    Martin County, Florida, and an advocacy group on Monday joined the U.S. Department of Transportation in moving to dismiss a lawsuit that had sought to block the second phase of the Brightline passenger rail project, which received a $1.15 billion bond, connecting Miami to Orlando, following a settlement in the matter.

  • November 26, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Signature Bank, Rockwood, WeWork

    Signature Bank is reportedly taking another nearly 21,000 square feet in New York, a Rockwood Capital venture is said to have picked up a Florida apartment tower and vacant land for $47.5 million, and WeWork has reportedly leased another 60,000 square feet in New York.

  • November 26, 2018

    CenterState To Buy National Commerce For $850M In Stock

    CenterState Bank Corp. announced Monday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Alabama-based National Commerce Corp. in an $850.4 million stock deal that will create a southern regional bank with $16.4 billion in combined assets.

  • November 26, 2018

    Nixon Peabody Steers Paychex $1.2B HR Outsourcing Biz Buy

    Payroll, benefits, human resources and insurance services provider Paychex Inc. said on Monday that it has agreed to buy privately owned professional employer organization and human resources outsourcing service Oasis Outsourcing Acquisition Corp. for $1.2 billion in a deal that was guided by Nixon Peabody LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.