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Florida

  • May 31, 2018

    Judge OKs YouTube Patent Evidence, Lets Skater Cats Shine

    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.

  • May 31, 2018

    Fla. Pipeline OK Deepens FERC Split On Greenhouse Gauge

    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.

  • May 31, 2018

    Student Debt Co., Law Firm To Shell Out Millions To FTC

    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.

  • May 31, 2018

    Ex-Bolivian Prez Shakes $10M Verdict Over Protest Deaths

    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.

  • May 30, 2018

    Don't Disbar Fla. Foreclosure Defense Atty, Referee Says

    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.

  • May 30, 2018

    Business Owners Ran $25M Tech Support Scam, DOJ Says

    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.

  • May 30, 2018

    Disney Moves Unionized Servers' Tips Suit To Federal Court

    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.

  • May 30, 2018

    Risque Melania Trump Pics Belong To Photogs, Website Says

    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.

  • May 30, 2018

    11th Circ. Resets Imperial Sugar Blast Insurance Row

    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.

  • May 30, 2018

    Kayne Anderson Real Estate Brings In $1.8B For 5th Fund

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Fla. Gov. Asked To Drop Smokable Med. Marijuana Appeal

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Workers Ask EPA To Enforce St. Johns River Discharge Limits

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Atty Wants Conrad & Scherer Barred From Chiquita MDL

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Patent Owner Says PTAB Must Address All Claims Before IPR

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    11th Circ. Denies Prisoner's Petition Over Tax Levy Notice

    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.

  • May 29, 2018

    Justices Leave FDIC To Tap Seized Bank's $10M D&O Policy

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    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.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    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.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    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.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    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 Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    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.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 2

    Kip Petroff

    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.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 1

    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.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    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.

  • Mass. Crackdown Reflects Increased State Regulation Of ICOs

    Christopher Conniff

    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.

  • 11th Circ. Offers Key Guidance To Shipping Cos.

    Al Teel

    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.